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Colorado Ethics Watch

Are Colorado Republicans Arming Themselves to Attack the Tea Party?

Jason Salzman | Posted 03.08.2014 | Denver
Jason Salzman

One of the biggest political stories of last year has got to be the escalating war between the Republican Party establishment, the so-called "country-club Republicans," and the Tea Party.

Oil And Gas Industry Exerts Outsized Political Influence In Colorado: Report

The Colorado Independent | John Tomasic | Posted 05.31.2013 | Denver

From The Colorado Independent's John Tomasic. DENVER– A report released Thursday by Colorado Ethics Watch describes oil-and-gas industry spending...

An Insider's Guide To Gaming The Political System

Denver iJournal | David O. Williams | Posted 03.19.2013 | Denver

From Denver iJournal's David O. Williams. Scott Shires, an Aurora businessman who first registered one of the most notorious political nonprofits i...

Sunshine... There's an App for That

Peg Perl | Posted 05.14.2013 | Denver
Peg Perl

It's national Sunshine Week -- a time to promote awareness and discussion about the importance of open government and freedom of information.

Gessler Under Fire For Taxpayer Expensed Travel Tab

The Colorado Independent | John Tomasic | Posted 10.16.2012 | Denver

From The Colorado Independent's John Tomasic. Luis Toro, director of left-leaning government watchdog group Colorado Ethics Watch, said on Monday t...

Ethics Watch Requests IRS Investigation Of Gov't Watchdog Group

The Colorado Independent | Posted 06.26.2012 | Denver

From The Colorado Independent's John Tomasic: On the record, Jessica Peck isn’t thinking much about a potential Internal Revenue Service investig...

Flattered to Be Accused of Violating IRS Rules?

Jason Salzman | Posted 06.06.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

The Colorado Observer reported that Jessica Peck was "outraged, stunned and strangely flattered" when her organization was named in a Colorado Ethics Watch complaint to the IRS. I'd present an itsy bitsy bit of detail about the alleged violations.

In Colorado, Open Records Law Can Be a Weapon Against Transparency

Luis Toro | Posted 08.01.2012 | Denver
Luis Toro

Coloradans have allowed our state's aversion to taxation to trump our desire for open government, while government lawyers have figured out how to put citizens seeking public records on the defensive.

CO Sec of State Defies Constitution, Overturns Transparency Election Laws

Wade Norris | Posted 08.17.2011 | Denver
Wade Norris

Sec. of State Scott Gessler has decided that a political committee for efforts like personhood amendments or anti-labor laws can spend up to $5,000 without reporting who they are or where they came from.

Counsel Finds No Cause For Discipline In McInnis Plagiarism

The Huffington Post | Andrea Rael | Posted 07.23.2011 | Denver

The Colorado Supreme Court Attorney Regulation Counsel found no cause for discipline in Scott McInnis' plagiarism allegations. The former republic...

Stapleton's Moonlighting With Old Financial Firm Could Become Less Transparent

The Colorado Independent | John Tomasic | Posted 05.31.2011 | Denver

Weeks after Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton took office this past January he drew a flurry of questions about a lucrative consulting contract he m...

Colorado Supreme Court To Hear Ethics Watch Case Against ‘Magic Words' 527s

The Colorado Independent | David O. Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The Colorado Supreme Court Tuesday agreed to hear a Colorado Ethics Watch case against two 527 groups that the election watchdog group claims circumve...

Western Tradition Partnership Could Be Subject Of Formal Complaint

The Colorado Independent | David O. Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

State Sen. Gail Schwartz and a campaign watchdog group are weighing a formal complaint against a 527 political group linked to Secretary of State-elec...

Ethics Questions Continue to Swirl Around Bruce

Luis Toro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Luis Toro

Douglas Bruce -- the "Mr. X" behind Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 -- has managed to find himself in more ethical trouble this year than most elected officials.

McInnis Misses Ethics Probe Deadline, Asks For Extension

Colorado Independent | John Tomasic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Colorado Ethics Watch filed a complaint last month asserting that GOP candidate for governor and Colorado licensed attorney Scott McInnis violated pro...

Setting Colorado Precedent in Judicial Elections

Luis Toro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Luis Toro

As a result of this ruling, judges and justices will be able to decide cases without having to wonder whether their decision will cause a handful of wealthy individuals or businesses to fund a campaign to unseat them.

Mo' Money, Mo' Problems: Should Colorado Have Public Financing?

Sarah Stern | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Sarah Stern

The proposed initiative provides public financing for candidates running for statewide offices, paid for by an annual tax increase.

Scott McInnis-Sean Tonner Connections Still Being Investigated By Watchdog Groups

The Colorado Independent | David O. Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Colorado campaign watchdog groups are keeping a close eye on a Virginia nonprofit group with a Littleton address, which they suspect may be the smokin...

Josh Penry Faces Ethics Complaint from Colorado Watchdog Group

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

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...

Bill Ritter Issues New Order After Staff Fails To File Disclosures

The Denver Post | Jessica Fender | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

For nearly three years, Gov. Bill Ritter's staff and all but one of his Cabinet appointees have failed to file financial disclosures as required by a ...

Colorado's Top 5 Scandals of 2009

Luis Toro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Luis Toro

Here are the five scandals, from Scott McInnis' damning voice mail to Gale Norton's questionable oil industry work, we thought deserved to be remembered as we enter a new year.

Mike Coffman's Technical Violation

Eric Brody | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Eric Brody

Ambiguous wording in the decision of Colorado's Independent Ethics Commission will come in for close scrutiny following an official complaint Mike Coffman lodged with the state supreme court.

Colorado Department of Public Health Blasted For Failure To Cooperate With New York Times

Th Colorado Independent | David O. Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Thirty-nine states provided information requested by the New York Times as part of its series on Clean Water Act violations called "Toxic Waters: A se...

Keep Ethics Commission Business in the Sunshine

Luis Toro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Luis Toro

Why is the Ethics Commission so concerned about having to operate in the public eye that it is considering going to the legislature to ask for a special exemption from the sunshine laws?