Colorado District Attorney fined $1,000 for breaking state disclosure law

As the chief prosecutor and enforcer of the law in Colorado’s twenty-two judicial districts, the District Attorney should be held to the highest standard in complying with the laws of our state. However, the District Attorney for Colorado’s 13th Judicial District, Brittny Lewton, was recently found guilty of violating state campaign finance disclosure laws and fined $1,000 for failing to follow the rules. The presiding Administrative Law Judge chastened the District Attorney in his ruling: … continue…

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Is a Colorado District Attorney Breaking the Law?

As the chief prosecutor and enforcer of the law in Colorado’s twenty-two judicial districts, the District Attorney should be held to the highest standard in complying with the laws of our state. However, the District Attorney for Colorado’s 13th Judicial District, Brittny Lewton, may have run afoul of the law as she seeks re-election to a second term. Campaign Integrity Watchdog was tipped off to DA Lewton’s apparent noncompliance with the transparency, disclosure and reporting … continue…

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More “reckless indifference” to reporting obligations nets another $4,700 fine for Colorado Republicans

The Colorado Republican Party, back in court yet again last month after delaying a hearing originally scheduled for late May, incurred a penalty of $4,700 for multiple violations of state campaign finance law in what seems to be a recurring pattern of failure to comply with legal reporting obligations.  The Party was also ordered to return an improperly reported contribution of $3,050 (the maximum allowable) for a total “hit” to the party’s checkbook of $7,750 … continue…

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Beauprez Group ‘Colorado Pioneer Action’ Charged with Multiple Violations of State Law; Potential Fines and Penalties Could Exceed ONE MILLION DOLLARS

As announced on the Peter Boyles Show (AM710, KNUS) this morning, the state’s premier campaign-accountability organization, Campaign Integrity Watchdog, has filed a campaign finance complete alleging multiple violations of the Colorado Constitution and state law (collective, the ‘Fair Campaign Practices Act’ or FCPA) by Bob Beauprez’s unregistered political committee ‘Colorado Pioneer Action’ (inclusive subsidiary/alias ‘Colorado Right Now’). CIW’s Complaint alleges that Colorado Pioneer Action’s failure to register the entity with the Secretary of State as … continue…

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‘Jeffco United for Action’ Committee Found Guilty, Fined for Multiple Campaign Finance Violations

The ‘Jeffco United for Action’ committee, which successfully ousted 3 recently-elected (2014) school board members in a campaign marked by unprecedented levels of “dark” money in a school board election, was found guilty and fined for multiple violations of Colorado’s ‘Fair Campaign Practices Act’ in a ruling released Wednesday afternoon. This week’s ruling (Case # OS 2016-0006) found the ‘Jeffco United for Action’ (JUA) committee guilty of seven violations of state campaign finance law, but … continue…

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Gardner Committee Admits Half-Dozen Violations of Colorado Campaign Finance Law

Gardner Committee Admits Half-Dozen Violations of Colorado Campaign Finance Law Campaign Integrity Watchdog (CIW) continued a streak of prosecutorial victories with a ruling released today entering judgment against the Committee to Elect Bob Gardner (CEBG) for a half-dozen violations of state campaign finance law. Former state representative (and current state senate candidate) Bob Gardner admitted to the violations and settled with CIW in a joint stipulated judgment, avoiding the uncertainty and expense of trial, for … continue…

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Colorado Springs Senate candidate tied to campaign fine

[Article published in the Colorado Springs Gazette, 10/10/15] Colorado Springs Senate candidate tied to campaign fine DENVER – Bob Gardner, former state representative and a state Senate candidate, is tied to a $9,700 unpaid fine for a campaign finance violation.  … Matt Arnold, director of Campaign Integrity Watchdog, has filed a complaint in the 4th Judicial District to compel someone to pay the $9,700 fine. “Bob Gardner and Sarah Jack are the two people who … 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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