Ethics Watch in the News
July 07, 2014

Oil-and-gas group failed to file finance reports in Loveland

LOVELAND, Colo. — The oversized glossy mailers and robo-calls came in waves over the course of weeks to residents of this small Front Range city, asking them to protect their children, property and low tax rates by voting against a proposed city moratorium on the oil-and-gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

The group behind the campaign calls itself “Protect Colorado,” short for “Protecting Colorado’s Environment, Economy and Energy Independence.” It’s a politics issue committee organized by a public-relations group called Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development, or CRED, which is funded by the two most active Front Range oil-and-gas companies, Anadarko Petroleum and Noble Energy.

Colorado ethics panel signals support for Gessler GOP seminar trip

The Denver Post (Joey Bunch) The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission seems to have averted what could have been a partisan political showdown over travel for elected officials Monday by giving tacit approval for Scott Gessler to go to Las Vegas. Read More ›

Ain’t no sunshine

Colorado Springs Independent (Pam Zubeck) Despite laws that require transparency, city government keeps us in the dark Read More ›

Sen. Steve King under investigation in Mesa County sheriff race

The Denver Post (Nancy Lofholm) State Sen. Steve King is campaigning to be the next Mesa County sheriff. He is also defending himself against allegations that he falsified a timecard at the sheriff's office while working there on a part-time contract basis. Read More ›

Governments change CORA fee policies in advance of new law

CFOIC (Jeffrey Roberts) At least two government entities, the city of Aurora and the state Independent Ethics Commission, have changed their open-records policies in advance of a new law, capping research-and-retrieval charges, that goes into effect tomorrow, July 1. Read More ›

High court ruling goes against Gessler

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Charles Ashby) For the third time, Secretary of State Scott Gessler, you cannot raise the limit when an issue committee must disclose campaign finances, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday. Read More ›

Mailer elicits campaign finance complaint against El Paso County assessor

Colorado Springs Gazette (Megan Schrader) County Assessor Mark Lowderman has been accused of using county resources to advance his political campaign for county treasurer after his office spent nearly $7,300 on mailers sent to senior property owners. Read More ›

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