Josh Penry Faces Ethics Complaint from Colorado Watchdog Group

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Update: The Colorado Independent reports that this is not the first email scandal for Mike Britt, Josh Penry's campaign:

Britt was one of Karl Rove's acolytes in the Bush administration and he was one of the targets in 2007 of the congressional investigation into violations of the Presidential Records Act, also known as the White House email scandal, where Rove and Britt and other strategists conducted official government business on their Republican National Committee email accounts instead of on White House email accounts.

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On Monday, the watchdog group Colorado Ethics Watch filed request for Colorado Senate Minority Leader and Gubernatorial candidate Josh Penry to turn over campaign records, claiming that he used an email list obtained through his Minority Leader position--a state-funded post--for campaign purposes.

From Colorado Ethics Watch:

Today, Ethics Watch filed a Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) request with the Colorado Senate Minority Office (SMO), seeking records regarding the office's e-mail contact list. A Denver Post report raised suspicions that the Penry for Governor campaign may have received an e-mail list from the SMO, whose budget is paid for with government funds. Colorado law prohibits state resources from being used to promote candidates for public office.

On September 1, Lynn Bartels of the Denver Post Reported:

Some state Capitol workers received a blast e-mail Thursday from Republican Josh Penry's gubernatorial campaign, fueling speculation that the lawmaker was using government e-mail lists for election purposes.

Penry campaign manager Mike Britt denied the allegations, claiming that Penry received the email addresses from political allies who shared their distribution lists.