East Coast Politicians Meddle in Colorado Primaries, Held Accountable for state law violations

East Coast Politicians Meddle in Colorado Primaries, Held Accountable for state law violations Group fronting for RGA (run by Chris Christie) and RAGA (John Suthers on Executive Board), through Mitt Romney-affiliated PAC, violated Colorado campaign finance laws meddling in Colorado’s gubernatorial primary East Coast politicians and special-interest groups meddling in Colorado’s gubernatorial primary election violated Colorado’s campaign finance laws in an ultimately failed attempt to buy the governor’s office in our state. Although it was … continue…

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Pueblo Clerk Pleads Guilty to Four Counts of Campaign Finance Violations

Pueblo Clerk Pleads Guilty to Four Counts of Campaign Finance Violations Gilbert ‘Bo’ Ortiz, Pueblo County’s Clerk and Recorder, pled guilty last month to four counts of violating the Colorado Constitution (Article XXVIII) and the state’s Fair Campaign Practices Act (FCPA) for failures to report campaign contributions and spending, as required by law. Campaign Integrity Watchdog filed a campaign finance complaint on 9 September indicting Ortiz on these violations. Ortiz successfully delayed this case past the … continue…

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Another Triple Play?

Another Campaign Finance “Triple Play” from Campaign Integrity Watchdog? FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ### The hits just keep on coming. Baseball season may be over, but the triple plays are not. At bat this time for a trio of campaign finance complaints are sitting State Representatives Brittney Pettersen (HD28), Joe Salazar (HD31), and Dave Young (HD50). All three legislators failed to accurately report contributions from business special interest donors. “Our legislators need to be held to … continue…

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Trick or Treat? Another Legislator Violates Campaign Finance Laws

Trick or Treat?  Another Legislator Violates Campaign Finance Laws FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ### Trick or treat? Sitting Representative and candidate for re-election Mike McLachlan is hoping to trick Colorado voters into giving him a treat for his flouting of campaign finance law. Rep. McLachlan illegally and erroneously reported contributions from LLCs in three separate reports during June and July 2014. McLachlan is the last man standing from the recall efforts in 2013. His continued arrogance, … continue…

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Lawbreaking Lawmaker Loses Again

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 … continue…

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Campaign Integrity Watchdog Complaint Prompts State Senator to Return Illegal Contribution

Campaign Integrity Watchdog Complaint Prompts State Senator to Return Illegal Contribution Following a campaign finance complaint brought by the government-accountability organization Campaign Integrity Watchdog, State Senator Rachel Zenzinger (D-Arvada) returned several illegal campaign contributions, including a contribution from a registered lobbyist received during the legislative session (lobbyist contributions during session are disallowed to discourage corruption, or the appearance of corruption). State Senator Zenzinger, running for reelection in Colorado’s Senate District 19, was appointed to office after … continue…

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Triple Play? Trio of Democrat legislative candidates caught in campaign finance legal violations

Triple Play? Trio of Democrat legislative candidates caught in campaign finance legal violations As of today, official complaints have been filed against three current legislative candidates for breaking the law. Westminster Mayor Pro-Tem Faith Winter (candidate for House District 35), Former State Representative Judy Solano (candidate for Senate District 24), and State Senator Rachel Zenzinger (running for re-election in Senate District 19) all accepted contributions from Registered Lobbyists during the legislative session (a big no-no, … continue…

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The Lawmaker is a Lawbreaker? Rep. Bob Gardner loses Campaign Finance Complaint, fined nearly $10,000

The Lawmaker is a Lawbreaker? Rep. Bob Gardner loses Campaign Finance Complaint to local elections integrity group, Campaign Integrity Watchdog In a ruling released on Friday, 8 August 2014, Campaign Integrity Watchdog achieved a victory for integrity and accountability in campaigning, as a sham “social welfare organization” claiming tax exemption was held to be a political committee violating the Colorado Constitution and state statute (the Fair Campaign Practices Act, or FCPA). The self-styled “nonprofit” group, … continue…

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Sheriff’s candidate fined for fundraising report

Sheriff’s candidate fined for fundraising report Tony Spurlock says ‘clerical errors’ behind mistakes Douglas County Undersheriff Tony Spurlock, one of four candidates for sheriff, was fined last month by an administrative law judge for violating the Fair Campaign Practices Act. He has since settled up. Judge Robert N. Spencer, of the Colorado Office of Administrative Courts in Denver, ruled Feb. 11 that Spurlock “failed to report all required information for several contributions of $100 or … continue…

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Campaign Integrity Watchdog on Grassroots Radio Colorado

Campaign Integrity Watchdog discussed our first campaign finance action (and first WIN!) on Grassroots Radio Colorado Tuesday (on-air from 5:30 to 6:00 PM) Click here to listen to the podcast of the show Please invite your friends to read our pages… … continue…

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