"Asked to comment, a spokesman for McCann told The Statesman that the prosecutor was canceling the tour because of Maher’s complaint."
Denver Democrat County Party Chairman Mike Cerbo responded to The Statesman:
“'It’s not that we’re charging people to take this tour,' Cerbo said."
Although the Denver Democrats might not have been specifically charging for the tour, they advertised it as a "Members Only Event!!!" The only way to become a member? Pay a partisan donation to a political party. Charging for a tour or charging to be a member of a club with advertised exclusive access to a "members only" tour is a distinction without a difference.
“'Regardless of the legality, this event would use public resources to support a political party and should be cancelled,' Toro told The Colorado Statesman in response to an inquiry about the matter."
Ultimately, DA McCann made the correct call by pulling the plug on the event.
"Canceling this event is the only appropriate action in this case," said Kelly Maher, executive director of Compass Colorado. "We are glad to have helped DA McCann evolve to a position where she could see the unseemly appearance of using City of Denver resources for partisan gain."