Ethics Watch in the News
December 17, 2014

Business group wins, then backs out of, lunch with new Colorado AG

DENVER — A Colorado business group on Tuesday said it would back out of a lunch with the state's new attorney general after questions were raised about it winning the meal at an auction.

The Colorado Automobile Dealers Association won the lunch with Cynthia Coffman after bidding $500 at an auction at the Colorado Lincoln Club's holiday gathering, which it hosted at its Denver offices last week. On Tuesday, however, association president Tim Jackson said he would give the lunch away to another organization or person. He said the group bid on the meal solely to help out the Lincoln Club and did not need special access to Coffman, a Republican.

CO high court denies Gessler appeal, ending campaign finance disclosure case

The Colorado Independent (Tessa Cheek) The Colorado Supreme Court yesterday ended a multi-year battle over campaign finance rules that pitted Secretary of State Scott Gessler against nonprofits Colorado Ethics Watch and Common Cause when the justices declined to accept Gessler’s appeal. Read More ›

Colorado Supreme Court Denies Cert In Gessler Case

Law Week Colorado (Staff Reporter) The Colorado Supreme Court on Dec. 8 declined a request from Secretary of State Scott Gessler to review an appellate decision from last year that invalidated several campaign finance rules. Read More ›

State high court upholds ruling against Gessler

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Charles Ashby) The Colorado Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Secretary of State Scott Gessler on Monday and left standing a lower court ruling that said the Republican overstepped his authority. Read More ›

Successfully challenging a public-records denial should ensure legal fees

Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition (Jeffrey A. Roberts) Successfully challenging a denial of public records entitles you to some portion of your attorneys’ fees even if it was a records custodian who initiated the court action, the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition and two other organizations argued in a friend-of-the-court brief filed Wednesday. Read More ›

Mountain GOP candidates dogged by ethics and Internet challenges

The Colorado Independent (David O. Williams) Conservative Republicans running for the state legislature in mountain districts have faced an array of ethical and technical difficulties this campaign season, including judgment calls glitches that may have violated Colorado’s Fair Campaign Practices Act. Read More ›

If you still haven’t turned in your ballot, do so, but first consider some facts

RealVail.com ( David O. Williams) A Republican friend of mine whom I consider a moderate voice of reason on some issues and a complete crackpot on others took the time the other day to scold me for the lack of motivation of my fellow Democrats this midterm election, as if that’s somehow my responsibility. Read More ›

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