Lawbreaking Lawmaker Loses Again
Serial campaign finance lawbreaker (and sore loser) Rep. Bob Gardner suffered yet another loss this week when his groundless and vexatious complaint against Campaign Integrity Watchdog Director Matt Arnold was rejected by the Colorado Supreme Court.
Gardner, failing in his attempt to disqualify Matt Arnold and CIW from prosecuting Gardner’s ‘ASIWH’ organization for multiple campaign finance violations (and losing the case, incurring penalties of nearly $10,000), levied false accusations that Matt Arnold was engaged in the unauthorized practice of law (a potentially serious infraction that, if true, could result in substantial penalties or even jail time).
The Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel, OARC (an office of the Colorado Supreme Court) rejected Gardner’s spurious claims and affirmed that “conduct by Mr. Arnold does not constitute acting in a representative capacity to enforce the rights of third persons in campaign finance matters.”
“Mr. Arnold and Campaign Integrity Watchdog are not enforcing private rights or seeking a remedy for a private loss. They are advancing a public claim. This fact is not altered even if money is paid to encourage the filing of the claim.”
The OARC, however, continues to investigate Gardner’s own unethical actions and multiple violations of the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct (CRPC) governing attorney behavior.