Colorado Republican Party fined $10,000 for “reckless indifference” to legal reporting obligations

Colorado Republican Party fined $10,000 for “reckless indifference” to legal reporting obligations The Colorado Republican Party, back in court last week after delaying a hearing originally scheduled for mid-November, incurred a penalty of $10,000 for multiple violations of state campaign finance law and displaying “reckless indifference” to legal reporting obligations.  The Party was also ordered to return five improperly reported contributions of $2,825 each (the maximum allowable) for a total “hit” to the party’s checkbook … 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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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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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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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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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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