June 10, 2014
In April, the Independent Ethics Commission voted to dismiss Compass Colorado’s complaint against Hickenlooper, but the IEC has not yet issued its order formalizing the decision, so the decision may be amended or changed by the IEC.
Last week, a Democratic Governors Association-funded organization, Protect Colorado Values, embarked on a substantial media campaign to influence the Republican primary so that the governor faces the candidate that the DGA prefers. The basis of the Compass Colorado complaint is that Hickenlooper admitted he used state resources to help organize an event for the DGA in Aspen that raised money for the organization. Now the DGA is using those funds to support his reelection campaign, according to Compass Colorado.
“The fact that a front group has been created by the Democrat Governor’s Association to help re-elect Governor Hickenlooper by engaging in the morally-questionable practice of attempting to sway the outcome of the opposite party’s primary election shows the committee has a primary purpose that is more than just ‘education’,” said Kelly Maher, executive director of Compass Colorado. “That the DGA is, again, using money raised with the help of Colorado state resources to support Hickenlooper’s campaign. This only underscores our argument that the DGA Aspen event was a primarily partisan event.”