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Ethics investigators find “substantial reason” to believe Congressman Doug Lamborn misused official resources

Congressional ethics investigators said Monday that they found evidence that gives them “substantial reason” to believe U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn misused official resources and solicited or accepted improper gifts from his subordinates.  Aides to the Colorado Springs Republican told nonpartisan investigators from the Office of Congressional Ethics that they were frequently asked to run errands […]

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Ethics complaints are on the rise in Colorado. The one person in charge of investigating them says he needs help.

A Colorado panel responsible for investigating ethics complaints against government workers and elected officials is asking lawmakers for more money to help its only employee deal with a growing caseload. Since the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission first convened in 2007, the commission has mostly operated with just one employee, an executive director responsible for everything […]

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Ethics complaints from mountain counties spur probe of state Division of Property Taxation

The Department of Local Affairs will hire a law firm to investigate the Colorado Division of Property Taxation after Eagle, La Plata and San Miguel counties made ethics complaints against the state agency’s top two directors.  The move averted a call for state auditors to probe the claim that a too-cozy relationship between the state […]

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Lauren Boebert discloses husband’s work for oil and gas firm with heavy presence in her district — but not until after campaign

By Nicholas Riccardi, The Associated Press Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert’s husband made $478,000 last year working as a consultant for an energy firm, information that was not disclosed during Boebert’s congressional campaign and only reported in her financial disclosure forms filed this week. In paperwork filed with the House of Representatives on Tuesday, the Republican […]

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A disillusioned ExxonMobil engineer quit to take action on climate change. He found his net-zero place in Arvada.

For 16 years, Dar-Lon Chang worked as an engineer at ExxonMobil. Fresh out of graduate school, he was by all accounts exactly the type of person the company is known for hiring: smart, driven, diligent. From his base at Exxon’s sprawling campus outside Houston, Chang helped the company maximize production at far-flung oil and gas […]

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Cory Gardner takes offensive, levels attacks in first U.S. Senate debate against John Hickenlooper

Republican Cory Gardner hurled attack after attack at his Democratic rival John Hickenlooper, from the opening minutes of the first debate in the U.S. Senate race to his closing statement. He noted the former governor’s two violations of the state ethics laws, his contempt citation and taxpayer-funded defense attorney, his personal wealth and rides on […]

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Opinion: Shame on Cory Gardner. It’s time to debate important issues

Listening to the dark-money political ads, one might conclude that former Gov. John Hickenlooper committed numerous serious ethical violations. He did not. These complaints, most of which were dismissed, were politically driven to provide a “basis” for the false ads that are circulating now.   And now Sen. Cory Gardner is making these “ethical” issues the centerpiece […]

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John Hickenlooper’s legal defense against ethics complaint cost taxpayers $150,000, a final tally shows

Taxpayers spent $150,000 to defend former Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper’s against an ethics complaint that led to two violations of the state’s gift ban, records show. The final cost of the legal expenses matches the maximum allowed in a contract with Mark Grueskin. The prominent Democratic election attorney represented Hickenlooper on behalf of the state […]