Campaign Integrity Watchdog defeats “super-lawyer” in prosecuting lawbreaking lawmaker Dan Thurlow

Campaign Integrity Watchdog once again defeats frivolous and groundless arguments by self-described “super-lawyer” Mario Nicolais (who’s now 0 for 5 going up against CIW) in winning judgment against lawbreaking lawmaker Rep. Dan Thurlow (“R” HD-55, Grand Junction).  Thurlow’s candidate committee (Dan Thurlow / 55) was found guilty of six (6) counts of violating Colorado’s Fair Campaign Practices Act (FCPA) and also ordered to return four (4) illegally-received contributions. Nicolais, after repeatedly interposing delays in the proceedings … continue…

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Ryan Call’s “Brainchild” CORE IEC Enters Guilty Plea on 12 More Counts of Campaign Finance Violations

A second round of campaign finance allegations against COGOP Chairman Ryan Call’s “Brainchild” project (the Colorado Republican Party ‘Independent Expenditure Committee’ or “CORE IEC”) resulted in another “guilty plea” in a Colorado campaign finance case brought by Campaign Integrity Watchdog. The CORE IEC’s highly-touted (and very expensive) legal team, acknowledging the strength of Campaign Integrity Watchdog‘s case, stipulated to 12 counts of violations, in return for significantly reduced penalties (a fraction of the tens of thousands applying under statute). … continue…

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Mike McLachlan, (now-former) state representative, fined thousands for campaign finance violations

Mike McLachlan, (now-former) state representative, fined thousands for campaign finance violations Mike McLachlan, who until his defeat at the polls last November was the “last man standing” of those targeted for removal for foisting unconstitutional and unenforceable “gun legislation” on Colorado, may “recall” this latest court-ordered slapdown for quite some time. In a court ruling released this week, McLachlan was found guilty on 4 counts of violating state campaign finance laws (Colorado’s ‘Fair Campaign Practices … continue…

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Ryan Call’s “Brainchild” CORE IEC Enters Guilty Plea on 4 Counts of Campaign Finance Violations

Hard on the heels of a guilty plea by Colorado Republican Party “Independent Expenditure Committee” (CORE IEC) director and registered agent Tyler Harber to federal campaign law violations in an FEC case, the CORE IEC itself (COGOP Chairman Ryan Call’s “Brainchild” project) entered its own “guilty plea” in a Colorado campaign finance case brought by Campaign Integrity Watchdog. Following months of legal wrangling, highlighted (or lowlighted) by COGOP Chairman Ryan Call’s dodging a subpoena served … continue…

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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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