Balmer ethics probe documents go live

While the state Legislature’s House Ethics Committee continues to investigate allegations that Centennial Republican Rep. David Balmer and a lobbyist a little too exuberantly pressed for votes to ensure Balmer’s ascension to Colorado House minority leader, an ethics watchdog has posted the complaint dossiers online for all to see.

Colorado Ethics Watch’s treasure trove of nearly 200 pages of documents offers a fascinating, behind-the-scenes view of what is all too often dismissed as politics as usual.

The illegal influence complaint against Balmer and Colorado Chiropractors Association lobbyist Erik Groves, filed by freshman Aurora Republican Rep. Cindy Acree, forced Minority Leader Mike May to rescind his resignation and remain in the Legislature.

Both Balmer and Grove deny any wrongdoing.

No date has been set for a final determination by the House Ethics Committee.

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