Colorado Ethics Watch Seeks IRS Investigation of Open Government Institute
Colorado Ethics Watch this week filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service against the Open Government Institute of Colorado (OGI), asking for an investigation of actions allegedly taken by OGI to benefit the re-election campaign of U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, which Ethics Watch said could call into question OGI’s pending non-profit 501(c)(3) status.
The dust-up started a few weeks ago when OGI Executive Director Jessica Peck spoke at a meeting of the Colorado Republican Business Coalition. Whether Peck knew it or not, the meeting was being filmed. A snippet of that video found its way to Colorado Pols. In that video, Peck seems to say that OGI’s work will benefit Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman’s re-election bid.