Update On Complaint Against Trailhead Group

A group that has filed complaints with the IRS against the Trailhead Group and other 527s might not be seeing results until after the November election. 

According to Colorado Citizens For Ethics In Government (CCEG), the group that brought the grievances, the IRS has no time limit to investigate cases.

“Unfortunately, the IRS has no required schedule to respond to complaints,” said Chantell Taylor, Director of CCEG.CCEG filed the complaints last Monday, after a Colorado Confidential investigation revealed financial discrepancies between the rightwing Trailhead Group and other 527 organizations like the Colorado Leadership Fund and Senate Majority Fund.

CCEG has also said that the maximum taxable penalty is 35% per undisclosed financial report, which could cost the suspected organizations a lot of money if the IRS were to find merit in the complaints.

Despite attempts to expedite the investigation however, it would appear that the IRS could rule on the case anytime it wanted: after the election, or even as late  as next year.

The Confidential will continue to report on these complaints as more information becomes available.

Erin Rosa was born in Spain and raised in Colorado Springs. She is a freelance writer currently living in Denver. Rosa's work has been featured in a variety of news outlets including the Huffington Post, Democracy Now!, and the Rocky Mountain Chronicle, an alternative-weekly in Northern Colorado where she worked as a columnist covering the state legislature. Rosa has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on lobbying and woman's health issues. She was also tapped with a rare honorable mention award by the Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award in 2008--only the second such honor conferred in its nine-year history--for her investigative series covering the federal government's Supermax prison in the state. Rosa covers the labor community, corrections, immigration and government transparency matters. She can be reached at erosa@www.coloradoindependent.com.