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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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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Douglas County Sheriff Candidate Admits Campaign Finance Violations

Douglas County Sheriff Candidate Admits Campaign Finance Violations –  AFTER Being Found Guilty on 10 Counts DENVER (CBS4) – Douglas County Undersheriff Tony Spurlock, who is hoping to become the next Douglas County sheriff, has admitted to a series of campaign finance violations which he characterizes as “clerical errors.” “What we did is wrong,” Spurlock told CBS4. “I take full responsibility for the error as it is my committee.” In a Feb. 11 ruling, a State of Colorado … continue…

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Campaign Integrity Watchdog files, fights, and wins first action

New campaign integrity watchdog group achieves success in first case Denver, Colorado — A non-partisan newcomer to the Colorado campaign ethics and election integrity oversight scene, Campaign Integrity Watchdog, successfully prosecuted their first action, holding a campaign accountable for 10 counts of campaign finance legal violations. Matt Arnold, founder and director of Campaign Integrity Watchdog, said, “Coloradans deserve better from those running for elected office. It is well known that our campaign finance system is a convoluted … continue…

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