Ethics Watch in the News
July 31, 2015

Colorado GOP Reneges On Shutting Down SuperPAC

Kathryn Porter (Politichicks.com) -

Luis Toro of Colorado Ethics Watch revealed that a deal to dissolve the controversial SuperPAC known as the “Colorado Republican Party Independent Expenditure Committee” (IEC) was nixed by the state GOP. Colorado Ethics Watch has been involved in an ongoing lawsuit with the Colorado Republican Party and the Colorado Secretary of State over the ability of a political party to create and control an independent expenditure committee.

The IEC has been referred to as a Super PAC because it allows the Colorado GOP to raise unlimited funds and receive corporate donations.

Jeffco schools finally working on an email retention policy

Jeff Roberts (ColoradoFOIC.com) - The Jefferson County School District is finally preparing a policy for the retention of emails used for official business by board members and employees, more than nine months after Chalkbeat Colorado reported that the district has no such policy. Read More ›

Colorado senator says he has no records on his lobbyist-written elderly care bill

Arthur Kane (Watchdog.org) - The state senator who carried a lobbyist-written bill this session on elderly care changes contends he has no records about his interaction with special-interest lobbyists on the topic, highlighting what critics say is a major problem in legislative transparency. Read More ›

Taxpayer-funded elder care services go for-profit after $150k in lobbying

Arthur Kane (Watchdog.org) An elder-care nonprofit spent about $150,000 writing a bill and then lobbying for an obscure change in state law that could potentially help the company pull in more Medicaid and Medicare cash. Read More ›

Assessment records of certain Elbert Co. officials hidden for ‘safety’ reasons, assessor says

Jeff Roberts (CFOIC) - Real estate records, with few exceptions, are public in Colorado. Want to know the assessed value of your neighbor’s property? In most counties you can look it up online, no matter who your neighbor happens to be. Read More ›

Boondoggled

Eric Ethington (SLC Weekly) - It's been three years since Utah state Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, who heads the American Lands Council (ALC), convinced his fellow lawmakers to pass a bill forcing the U.S. government to turn over control of federal public lands to the state of Utah. Read More ›

Taking on Ivory: Attorneys General asked to investigate lands transfer leader

Alex Sakariassen (Missoula Independent) - Opposition to the transfer of public lands movement has grown increasingly vocal throughout the West over the past year. But last week marked the first direct challenge to the movement's most prominent leader, Utah state Rep. Ken Ivory. Read More ›

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