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Adam McCoyAdam McCoyFebruary 26, 20182min1489

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.”


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningFebruary 16, 20186min3664

Democratic challenger Jason Crow on Thursday called on U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman to return campaign donations the Aurora Republican has received from the National Rifle Association and urged the incumbent to "act now to pass commonsense gun safety reform" the day after a mass shooting at a Florida high school left 17 dead and 14 wounded — but the Coffman campaign dismissed Crow's demands as political posturing.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJanuary 28, 201810min1142

UPDATE: According to officials with the Colorado secretary of state's office, the candidates who had difficulty filing campaign finance reports earlier this month, including those whose "major contributor" donations initially showed up twice in posted reports, weren't to blame for the mishaps. It turns out, a procedure on the secretary of state's side to convert spreadsheets filed by campaigns' agents wasn't handling the data properly — a glitch officials say they didn't fully grasp was botching the reports until days after the filing deadline. While some campaigns — and veteran compliance agent Marge Klein — took responsibility for what they thought were their own errors, below, the secretary of state's office says they were doing everything properly.


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Hal BidlackHal BidlackJanuary 23, 20186min298

Both major parties have what might be called an embarrassment of riches when it comes to candidates running to replace John Hickenlooper as Colorado’s next governor. Some are rich, some are embarrassments (your own partisanship can decide which is which), but there appears to be quality candidates on both sides.