Ethics Watch in the News
April 24, 2015

#McConnelling Comes to the Mile High City

Like many Denver voters, my mailbox is full these days with mailers touting different city council candidates running in our municipal election this May. But a recent mailer caught my eye. It was an endorsement piece paid for by the National Association of Realtors Fund out of Chicago. But where did an independent national group get a picture of the candidate with her family? Haven't I seen that pink sweater picture before on ads paid for by the candidate?

Yes, it looks like our favorite fun campaign finance loophole "#McConnelling" has made its way down to municipal races.

Homebuilder advocates increase contributions to Mayor Hancock, he testifies for industry’s bill

Tessa Cheek (Colorado Independent) - Homebuilder advocates gave at least $16,200 to Mayor Michael Hancock’s reelection campaign, states a report Ethics Watch released today. This is a hike in industry contributions for a mayor with no funded opponents. Read More ›

Colorado Springs council member accused of forcing families out of homes

Emily Allen (KRDO-TV) - The director of Colorado Ethics Watch weighed in on accusations surfacing out of Kansas City that families were forced out of their homes by a Colorado Springs City Council member. Read More ›

Rowland loses appeal over reimbursement

Rick Gustafson (Elbert County News) - An appellate judge has affirmed an order compelling Elbert County Commissioner Robert Rowland to reimburse $1,000 to the county's general fund due to a violation of campaign law. Read More ›

Central Denver council candidate admits campaign finance slip-ups

The Denver Post (John Murray) Wayne New, one of five candidates running for City Council to represent central Denver’s District 10, says his campaign “overlooked” a couple campaign finance rules by not printing disclosures on campaign signs or fully listing the spending on his finance reports. Read More ›

Denver council candidate apologizes for breaking campaign finance rules

The Colorado Independent (Kyle Harris) Wayne New got some bad news today. As The Colorado Independent reported earlier, Colorado Ethics Watch filed a complaint with the Denver Elections Division about this City Council candidate. Read More ›

Did Denver City Council candidate Wayne New violate campaign code?

The Colorado Independent (Kyle Harris) Denver City Council candidate Wayne New’s ads claim he is “neighborhood friendly” and “development smart.” The ads are also in violation of campaign finance law, charges Colorado Ethics Watch. Read More ›

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