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GOP lawyer Ryan Call says he never advised Maes on finances

Tuesday, Ryan Call, legal counsel to the Colorado Republican Party, told the Colorado Independent that he has not reviewed gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes’ campaign...

Maes: Campaign finance irregularities reflect payment for early expenses

Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes Monday said all of his campaign expenses are absolutely legitimate. Referring to a complaint filed against his campaign by a Republican activist from Grand Junction, he said, “It is frivolous and it needs to go away.” Maes said the reason his campaign has paid him $33,135 in mileage reimbursement since October is because when he began campaigning in March, 2009, he paid for most of his mileage out of pocket because the campaign had very little money.

Ethics committee votes to ‘admonish’ lobbyist for trying to influence race

A legislative panel on Wednesday recommended that a former lobbyist for the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) be formally scolded for trying to sway a freshman Republican to vote for Rep. David Balmer (R-Centennial) in a leadership election in December. An ethics watchdog group praised the committee’s recommendation but renewed calls for a criminal investigation into vote-buying allegations and asked legislators to mandate ethics training for professional lobbyists.