Ethics Watch in the News
October 07, 2015

Donors’ identities concealed in school board campaigns

Groups on both sides of the contentious Jeffco school board recall election have employed funding methods that conceal donors’ identities.

Since efforts to recall conservative board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams were launched in late June, Jeffco residents have been inundated with information from both sides.

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 ›

State Supreme Court weighs Colorado Ethics Commission’s secrecy

The Colorado Supreme Court now has two cases before it that could either affirm or weaken the authority of the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission to keep much of its work reviewing ethics complaints against public officials out of the public eye. Read More ›

Haynes seeking ethics guidance on plans to hold DPS board seat while heading parks and rec

Erik Gorski at Chalkbeat Colorado. Allegra “Happy” Haynes is seeking guidance from the Denver Board of Ethics about her imminent plans to take over as executive director of the city’s parks and recreation department while continuing to serve as Denver school board president, Chalkbeat has confirmed. Read More ›

Pugliese vote on tax break was proper, attorney says

Greg Ruland (Grand Junction Sentinel) - Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese’s vote to give a property tax break worth more than $3,500 to a former law client was proper, County Attorney Patrick Coleman said earlier this week. Read More ›

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