Ethics Watch in the News
May 21, 2015

Ethics complaint against Rowland dismissed

Rick Gustafson (Elbert County News) - The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission dismissed an ethics complaint against Elbert County Commissioner Robert Rowland at its monthly meeting on May 11.


Colorado Ethics Watch Director Luis Toro said the decision surprised him, and he was disappointed that the process had not been more transparent. Toro said that he felt the case against Rowland was stronger than a similar case brought by Ethics Watch against Jefferson County Commissioner Kevin McCasky, who spoke and voted in support of increasing public funds to the Jefferson Economic Council while he was applying for the position of its executive director. In that case, the IEC voted 2-1 that McCasky acted improperly.

“Our track record is pretty strong,” Toro said. “We've put a lot of effort into this, and we strongly disagree that there is anything frivolous about this case. It is the job of the IEC to hold people accountable, and I think the people of Elbert County deserve better.”

Denver runoff candidate and national PAC file amended finance reports after complaints

Jon Murray (Denver Post) - Also Monday, the National Association of REALTORS Fund, a large political-action committee based in Chicago, resolved a finance reporting complaint by filing amended reports. Read More ›

National PAC fails to disclose spending in Denver elections

Tessa Cheek (Colorado Independent) - The Realtors Fund, a political action committee, failed to report that it had spent at least $40,000 supporting Denver City Council candidates Elizabeth Adams and Jolon Clark. Denver law requires PACs to disclose all campaign spending to the city clerk’s office. Read More ›

The taxpayer money behind local control demands

Kindra McQuillen (High Country News) - Since 2012, the American Lands Council has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to advocate and lobby for the transfer of federal lands to states. But who finances the demands? Read More ›

Lawmakers use private emails for state business

Jeremy Jojola (9News) - DENVER –A 9Wants to Know review of email use among public officials reveals all 100 members of the Colorado General Assembly use private accounts to conduct state business. The policy and practice has been in place for many years, giving each individual lawmaker full control of what emails will be released when their emails become the subject of records requests under the Colorado Open Records Act. Read More ›

Appeal Denied: Former SOS Gessler violated public trust

Kyle Harris (Colorado Independent) - Former Secretary of State Scott Gessler broke the rules and violated the public trust by spending Secretary of State office money for personal and political gain, the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission in 2013. Read More ›

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners pays fine for campaign finance fail

Kyle Harris (Colorado Independent) - Rocky Mountain Gun Owners has paid an $8,450 fine for failing to file spending reports for mailers it sent last year targeting candidates in heated Jefferson County Republican Party primary campaigns. Read More ›

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