Denver Council Perks

Colorado Confidential continues the series on perks members of the Denver City Council have received. The first and second parts can be read, along with the initial story on lagging transparency.

This part will focus on two council members: Carol Boigon (At-Large) and Marcia Johnson (Dist. 5).Boigon, like many council members, did not disclose the value of items or when they were given. Johnson, on the other hand, reported most freebies with prices and dates included.

All disclosures are from 2005, as that is the most recent record available.

Boigon received lunch and candy from the Denver Police Protective Association, the union for the Denver Police Department.

M.D.C. Holdings, Inc./Richmond American Homes, headquartered in Denver, gave Boigon a Denver Rustlers western blouse and the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation sponsored a luncheon.

Johnson was given two Rockies tickets by Coors totaling $100, along with a dinner from Comcast with a value of $70.

Piper Jaffray & Co, an investment company, also sponsored a $70 awards dinner that the representative attended. Johnson reported items totaling over $1600.

Disclosure report for Carol Boigon

Disclosure report for Marcia Johnson

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.

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