Bob Beauprez Group ‘Colorado Pioneer Action’ Goes On Trial This Week (29-30 March); Potential Penalties and Fines Could Exceed ONE MILLION DOLLARS
After months of pre-trial legal wrangling, the case against “Both-Ways Bob” Beauprez’ political action committee (by another name) ‘Colorado Pioneer Action’ (CPA) is finally going to trial – hearings begin today (Wednesday, 29 March) and are set to continue through tomorrow (Thursday, 30 March) in what promises to be the Colorado campaign finance trial of the year.
In a ruling released last month, efforts by Bob’s very experienced (and expensive) attorneys to dismiss the complaint against CPA were DENIED, confirming the trial set for 28-29 March.
That ruling also rejected attempts by the Colorado Secretary of State, Wayne Williams, intervening on behalf of his political ally (using taxpayer dollars), to dismiss the complaint and re-write Colorado law to impose a “coordination” requirement on campaign contributions.
CIW’s Complaint alleges that Colorado Pioneer Action’s failure to register with the Secretary of State as a “political committee” violates state law requiring federal entities (CPA is registered as a 501c4 “social welfare organization” enjoying tax-exempt status) acting to “support or oppose” candidates for elective office to register and disclose campaign activity in Colorado.
Under state law, failure to provide required disclosures are penalized at $50/day per violation (with multiple violations by CPA and its subsidiary CRN alleged and documented by CIW). Accordingly, CPA faces potential penalties amounting to over ONE MILLION DOLLARS.
CIW’s Director (and non-attorney representative) Matt Arnold stated, “At long last, this much-delayed case can proceed to trial, and serial violators be brought to account. Getting to trial after months of delay as CPA’s attorneys fought to delay, deny, and to suppress evidence – is already a “win” for transparency and accountability.”
“This trial will not only shine a light on the dark-money special interests attempting to buy our elections, but also expose as #FakeNews some purported “journalists” who have in reality been hired shills producing paid infomercials masquerading as “news” and editorials in one of the state’s largest daily newspapers,” he continued. “Failing to disclose such conflicts of interest – being paid by special interests supporting or opposing candidates while “covering” elections in which those candidates are competing – strikes at the very core of the First Amendment, and even further undermines public trust in the mass media. For shame.”