Denver council president Brooks used city resources for campaign fundraiser, complaint alleges
Author: Adam McCoy - February 26, 2018 - Updated: February 26, 2018
Denver City Council President Albus Brooks is the focus of a complaint alleging he violated campaign finance rules.
Specifically, the complaint filed by nonprofit Strengthening Democracy Colorado alleges Brooks improperly used city staff and official social media accounts to promote a campaign fundraiser.
Denverite’s Andrew Kenney got the scoop over the weekend detailing the complaint:
Brooks is hosting a “39th Birthday Bash & Campaign Event,” a March 10 party with drinks and a so-called silent disco. Attendees will pay $10 toward Brooks’ re-election fund for council District 9.
The complaint, filed by the nonprofit Strengthening Democracy Colorado, focuses on the promotion of the event. It argues that one of Brooks’ city office staffers improperly worked on planning the event during “working hours.” It also calls into question his use of the Albus Brooks: Denver City Council President Facebook page.
“This is (public resources) supporting a campaign for a candidate individually,” said Jason Legg, a co-founder of the nonprofit. His group is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit that says it’s focused on government integrity.
Brooks has denied the allegations, arguing the staff member that created a Facebook event on the council president’s official page promoting the fundraiser had clocked out and taken paid time off, Kenney writes. He also said the social media account is not connected to city government, noting his “ Facebook and Twitter are not on city dime.”