CO Watchdog Group: GOP 527 Violated Contribution Limits

The fallout from Colorado Confidential’s investigation of the Trailhead Group continues, with a new complaint being filed against one of Trailhead’s financial cohorts: the Colorado Leadership Fund (CLF).

The nonprofit organization Colorado Citizens for Ethics in Government (CCEG) filed the complaint with the Secretary of State today, alleging that the CLF-also a 527 entity-violated state contribution limits by giving its own political committee $136,031. According to CCEG, the legal limit is $500. If the Secretary of State finds merit in the complaint the fines could be costly. CCEG has estimated that penalties could be as much as $500,000.

This is not counting the complaint CCEG has already lodged with the IRS against the CLF, for failing to report contributions and expenditures. There was also a complaint filed against the CLF’s political committee for accepting the money.

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