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In Colorado, recklessly making false statements about candidates who are running for public office is a criminal offense. But, years after the strict sanctions were adopted, no one has gone to jail for knowingly lying about their political enemies — indeed many say that making such a case stick would be nearly impossible.
Criticism over potential criminal charges that could be filed against Trailhead Group director Alan Philp in El Paso County for false ads attacking a Democrat are premature — and has resulted in a sharp rebuke from District Attorney John Newsome, who has entered a potential political minefield.
One Colorado Springs radio station has yanked a Trailhead Group-sponsored ad and the 4th Judicial District Attorney is investigating whether the Denver-based 527 organization has broken state law that prohibits false statements about political candidates.
The Trailhead Group has fired a wild potshot at Democrat John Morse, who is running in Colorado Springs' Senate District 11 against incumbent Ed Jones in one of the top targeted races in Colorado this year.