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Ethics Commission Runs To Supreme Court In Bid To Avoid Accountability

Late Friday afternoon, the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission (“IEC”) asked the Colorado Supreme Court to intervene in an… 

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Court Allows Williams To Settle Ethics Watch’s Suit Against Citizens United

Administrative Law Judge Robert Spencer ruled that a settlement between Citizens United and Secretary of State Wayne Williams… 

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Colorado Ethics Watch statement on federal coal program

Today, Ethics Watch Senior Counsel Peg Perl made the following public statement at the Bureau of Land Management… 

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In the News

Watchdog group calls out Klingenschmitt on nonprofit fundraising

Gordon Klingenschmitt, the highly controversial Republican state representative from Colorado Springs, again is under fire — not for outlandish remarks about gays and lesbians as in the past, but for allegedly using his for-profit business to drum up money for his nonprofit, even as it was under suspension by the Secretary of State's Office. Read More ›

A tangled web of city strife

This week City Councilor Helen Collins and her ally, anti-tax activist Douglas Bruce, filed an ethics complaint against "the Gang of 8" — her Council colleagues — as well as several other officials. The seven-page complaint, which cites 15 alleged breaches, comes amid efforts to schedule a hearing on Collins' own ethics violations. But the latest complaint shouldn't impede Council's handling of Collins' case, says Luis Toro, director of Colorado Ethics Watch. Read More ›

Elbert County reimbursed disgraced county commissioner for $1000 fine

The underlying lawsuit that brought the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission and Colorado Ethics Watch to the Colorado Supreme Court has taken another turn – one that will likely land an Elbert County Commissioner in more hot water. Read More ›