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This New Ethics Complaint May Complicate a Dem’s 2020 Presidential Bid

The governor is a few months away from ending a relatively scandal-free two terms, but that may have changed on Friday.

By NTK Staff | 10.15.2018 @2:15pm
This New Ethics Complaint May Complicate a Dem’s 2020 Presidential Bid

Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) is wrapping up two terms as a relatively popular and scandal-free governor of a state enjoying economic prosperity. Accordingly, Hickenlooper already has his eyes on something new: a presidential bid in 2020.

The scandal-free nature of his two terms may have ended for the worse on Friday, though, according to a new ethics complaint first reported by The Denver Post.

According to the complaint, Hickenlooper has taken up to “100 questionable flights” since September 2011 that he has not disclosed as potential gifts.

The Post‘s David Migoya wrote:

An ethics complaint filed Friday against Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper alleges the two-term Democrat has made a habit of crisscrossing the globe on private jets owned by wealthy benefactors and then not disclosing the gifts as the law requires.

The 189-page complaint by the newly formed Public Trust Institute – a nonprofit run by former House Speaker Frank McNulty – lays out nearly 100 questionable flights Hickenlooper has taken since September 2011, when he first took office, though it primarily focuses on those from the past year, which the state’s Independent Ethics Commission is able to investigate.

Each flight would cost into the thousands of dollars, PTI’s complaint alleges, a far cry from the $59 gift limits each elected official in Colorado must abide by, the result of Amendment 41 that voters passed in 2006.

The governor’s initial response to the complaint, reported by the Colorado Sun and others, did not address paid-for travel, which is the substance of the complaint:

Jacque Montgomery, a spokeswoman for the governor, issued a statement hours later that did not address the substance of the allegations nor questions from The Colorado Sun about who paid for the trips.

“It looks like the organization was created in the last few days to trump up frivolous accusations,” she said in a statement. “This is clearly a political stunt aimed at influencing the upcoming election.”

According to the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission’s website, the group’s next scheduled meeting is Monday, October 22. It’s unclear as of now if they will address the complaint against Hickenlooper at this meeting.

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