A group of citizens and interest groups are filing suit against Republican Secretary of State Gigi Dennis, accusing her of abusing her power by conspiring to create new campaign rules that adversely affect Democrats. As Karen Crummy of The Denver Post reports:
The rules, which affect unions, small-donor committees and grassroots volunteers, appear to make it more difficult for Democratic campaigns. They were issued just two and a half months before the November election.
“The secretary has had a year to consider campaign finance changes. Unfortunately, she chose to do it now,” said plaintiffs’ attorney Mark Grueskin, who filed the suit in Denver district court. “This is a case of overreaching by the secretary that went beyond the constitution.”
The suit asks the court to hold a hearing and issue an injunction so that the campaign finance rules are not enforced.
———-Bob Beauprez’s campaign for governor is in the news again for accepting various donations from separate LLCs that are owned or operated by just two people. As Alan Gathright of the Rocky Mountain News reports:
Two Denver businessmen used a legal loophole in the state campaign finance law to funnel $25,000 in contributions through limited-liability companies to Republican GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez.
The contributions triggered a complaint by a liberal group, Colorado Citizens for Ethics in Government, to Secretary of State Gigi Dennis. Her agency has advised the citizens group that, under state law, it will refer the complaint to an administrative law judge for possible hearings.
Colorado Common Cause Executive Director Jenny Flanagan said, while technically legal, the practice of one person using “using multiple LLCs to max out contributions . . . flies in the face of the law.”
Beauprez was out stumping on the Western Slope recently, telling The Durango Herald editorial board that he would be a better governor than Democrat Bill Ritter because, as a congressman, he has more experience with state issues than the former Denver district attorney.
Of course, the City of Denver is roughly the same size as Beauprez’s congressional district, but lets not let facts get in the way here.
Ritter is defending attacks on his record as a Denver district attorney in regards to illegal immigrants. As Mark Couch of The Denver Post reports, Ritter yesterday refuted claims that he settled cases with illegal immigrants, offering a number of examples of his record as Denver’s DA:
On Tuesday, Ritter said his office was tough on illegal immigrants by:
Consistently notifying federal immigration authorities when it had undocumented immigrants in custody; Conducting background checks even after federal authorities discontinued the practice; and Diverting illegal immigrants out of the drug-court program, which kept defendants out of jail and provided them with publicly funded rehabilitation.
Ritter dismissed the charge that he is covering up plea bargains with illegal immigrants.
“Nobody keeps track of that,” Ritter said. “People don’t keep track of that. I challenge you to find a single DA’s office in the state.
And you thought your wedding was expensive. The campaigns for and against gay marriage in Colorado have already raised more than $1.3 million, with Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family contributing a whopping $500,000 to support a proposed gay marriage ban. As Paul Asay of the Colorado Springs Gazette reports, Focus on the Family’s $500,000 is the most money spent this year by an organization to support or oppose a political campaign