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Colorado Ethics Commission takes up complaint against Hickenlooper

Hickenlooper’s office has called the complaint a “political stunt” and said its timing was aimed at influencing the Nov. 6 midterm election. Hickenlooper has been pondering a potential run for president in 2020, too.
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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper

The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission was in a quandary Monday as it began reviewing an ethics complaint against Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Former Republican Speaker of the House Frank McNulty, who filed the complaint, didn’t attend the Monday hearing.

Hickenlooper’s lawyer, Mark Grueskin, had hoped to walk away with some clarity over a rebuttal McNulty filed Nov. 29.

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That rebuttal cited what McNulty says are inaccuracies in Hickenlooper’s response to the initial complaint filed Oct. 12.

The complaint, which McNulty filed through his new Public Trust Institute, said the governor “traveled on private jets owned by for-profit corporations both domestically and internationally and illegally accepted luxury hotel accommodations and expensive travel expenses from corporations.”

Read more about the complaint and the outgoing governor's response at Colorado Politics

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