Former State Rep. Tim Dore fined $2,000 for violating Colorado campaign disclosure laws

Campaign Integrity Watchdog (CIW) continued a streak of prosecutorial victories with a just-released ruling entering judgment against the Committee to Elect Tim Dore (CETD) for multiple violations of state campaign finance disclosure laws, and imposing a $2,000 penalty. Former state representative Tim Dore (HD64), represented by ousted former Colorado Republican Party Chairman Ryan Call (entering his appearance the day before trial), was found guilty of failing to disclose the money spent by or on behalf … 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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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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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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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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