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State ethics commission finds Hickenlooper violated ethics law on two occasions

State ethics commission finds Hickenlooper violated ethics law on two occasions

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Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, then running for the Democratic presidential nomination, walks on stage before speaking at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding at the Surf Ballroom, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Clear Lake, Iowa.

(The Center Square) – A state ethics commission ruled Friday that John Hickenlooper violated state law on two occasions while serving as governor of Colorado. 

Hickenlooper on Friday showed up to testify remotely before the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission, which has been investigating six complaints that the former Colorado governor illegally accepted gifts while in office.

The commission found Hickenlooper violated state law in two of the six complaints, once when he took a flight on a private jet and once when he accept perks during a conference in Italy.

Hickenlooper’s Friday appearance came after he was a no-show to a hearing Thursday despite being subpoenaed to appear earlier in the week. The hearing occurred remotely via Webex, a platform Hickenlooper’s camp has criticized.

That subpoena was upheld by a Denver District Court judge Wednesday evening. The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission also held Hickenlooper, who’s running for U.S. Senate as a Democrat, in contempt for not showing up to the hearing Thursday. 

Hickenlooper was questioned Friday by commissioners, along with Suzanne Staiert, head of the conservative Public Trust Institute, before the commission's rulings on the ethics complaints. 

Hickenlooper is currently running against Andrew Romanoff for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. 

This story has been updated to reflect the commission's rulings.


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