Colorado's Independent Ethics Commission is moving forward to review an ethics complaint against Governor John Hickenlooper. The Governor’s office blasted the claim saying it has no merit.
“These allegations are motivated 100 percent by people playing political games and have no basis in fact,” said Eric Brown, the Governor’s spokesman.
The conservative group Compass Colorado brought forward the complaint. The group says the Governor violated ethics rules when he attended the 2013 Democratic Governor’s Association meeting in Aspen. The DGA paid for the Governor’s costs for the conference, which Compass says violates the state’s gift ban found in Amendment 41.
Hickenlooper’s chief legal counsel says the Governor helped organized and spoke at the conference, which means he is exempt from the gift ban.
The Independent Ethics Commission says it will take a more detailed look at the complaint. The response from the Governor's chief legal counsel, Jack Finlaw is embedded below: