Watchdog: Citizens United violated state campaign finance law
On Friday, Colorado Ethics Watch filed a complaint with the secretary of state asserting that political documentary-film mill Citizens United last year failed to disclose the identity of funders who paid for ads that mentioned Gov. John Hickenlooper by name. Hickenlooper was running for reelection and the ads aired just weeks before Election Day – a no-no according to state law.
“This is just the next chapter in a legal battle Citizens United started last year,” said Luis Toro, director of Ethics Watch. “For many years, they have attempted to not just gut limits on spending in politics, which they’ve been marginally successful in doing, but also to destroy laws to disclose communications.”
Citizens United, which was not available for comment, spent $168,651 on Comcast advertising to promote its film Rocky Mountain Heist, states an Ethics Watch press release. “Under Colorado law, spending on ads that identify a candidate for office within sixty days of a general election must be disclosed, regardless of whether the ads expressly urge a vote for or against a candidate,” the release states.
If Citizens United is found guilty of violating election disclosure requirements, it will face a $50-a-day fine from the date the disclosure was due – October 27, 2014.
Read the Ethics Watch complaints and exhibits at the group’s website.
Photo credit: Promo still from Rocky Mountain Heist.
Like this story? Steal it! Feel free to republish it in part or in full, just please give credit to The Colorado Independent and add a link to the original.
SIGN UP FOR OUR WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
The Colorado Criminal Defense Bar (CCDB) and the Community College of Denver (CCD) Paralegal Program are holding a public debate for the candidates seeking the position […]Read More
Republicans running for Colorado governor would— and wouldn’t— ban bump stocks, and one of them gets out front on gun violence
Amid a gun policy debate gripping the nation in the wake of multiple mass shootings, one illuminating aspect can be found in the Republican primary […]Read More