Colorado Ethics Watch

Colorado Makes Progress On Open-Records CostsA 2014 Colorado law to cap search fees for open-records requests has led to significant price decreases for the public, with some agencies dropping fees more than a third.
Democrats Nix GOP Bills Dealing With Mail BallotsDemocrats on Monday rejected proposals from Colorado Republicans that would make mail ballots optional and allow anyone to challenge votes cast by mail.
Pot Tax Opponents In Colorado Report Free WeedMarijuana giveaways that sparked an unusual campaign finance report in Colorado have been given a value. The joints were worth $1,250, paid for by a lawyer funding the opposition campaign.
Gessler's Lawyer: 2 Things On 1 Trip Is EfficientRepublican Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler testified Friday to defend himself against an ethics complaint alleging misuse of state funds for political events, insisting he used his discretionary office funds appropriately.
Oil, Gas Influence On Colorado Politics QuestionedThe oil and gas industry in Colorado exerts an outsize influence on state politics, and its generous political spending might be the reason, suggests a report out Thursday from a left-leaning watchdog group.
Family Ties: Son Of Elected Official Got Half A Million Dollars in No-Bid ContractsA CBS4 investigation has found the son of a powerful government official in Arapahoe County has received $563,314.77 in “no-bid” contracts since 2009 in what one government watchdog calls “nepotism.”
Gessler Attorneys Reviewing Officials' ExpensesAttorneys for Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler are reviewing expenses for lawmakers and other state elected officials in their defense of Gessler on an ethics complaint charging he used public money to attend political events.
Watchdog Group Files Complaint Against GesslerA political watchdog group has filed an ethics complaint against Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler.
Gessler Moving Fast On Citizenship DatabaseColorado's top elections officer is rushing to use a federal immigration database to eliminate ineligible voters in the coming weeks as a deadline looms.
State Supreme Court Rules Some Attack Ads Legal The Colorado Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that some political attack ads in state races are not subject to contribution limits if they don't urge voters to elect or defeat a particular candidate.
CBS4 Finds Adams Co. Sheriff Jobs Only Go To Staff's ChildrenThe Adams County Sheriff's Office gives lucrative, taxpayer-funded summer jobs only to children of department members, according to a CBS4 Investigation.
Colorado Groups File Complaint Against GesslerTwo Colorado government accountability groups filed a complaint against Secretary of State Scott Gessler.

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