Rocky Mountain Gun Owners (RMGO) has paid the fine of $8450 assessed against them in a campaign finance case filed by Ethics Watch.
Ethics Watch filed a campaign finance complaint against RMGO and Colorado Campaign for Life (CCL) on September 9, 2014 for failing to file electioneering communications reports for spending on mailers attacking and supporting candidates in two Republican primaries for State Senate nominations in Jefferson County. On December 23, 2014, Administrative Law Judge Robert Spencer ordered RMGO and CCL to file electioneering communications reports and pay fines of $8450 each.
RMGO and CCL did not appeal the administrative law judge's decision.
In October, RMGO and CCL sued Ethics Watch and the Colorado Secretary of State in federal court in a futile attempt to block the campaign finance case from proceeding. A motion to dismiss that suit is currently pending before U.S. District Judge Robert Blackburn.
"Rocky Mountain Gun Owners attempted to bully us by filing a meritless lawsuit in federal court," said Luis Toro, Director of Colorado Ethics Watch. "Our success in this case shows once again that bullies will fold if you stand up to them. Now it is time for CCL to pay its fine and for both groups to drop their meritless lawsuit and put this matter behind them."