Rocky Mountain Gun Owners pays fine from Colorado Ethics Watch campaign finance complaint case
May 9, 2015
Windsor-based Rocky Mountain Gun Owners has paid the $8,450 fine stemming from a campaign finance complaint from Colorado Ethic Watch.
Colorado Ethics Watch, a state watchdog group, filed a complaint with the Colorado Secretary of State in September against both RMGO and Colorado Campaign for Life. The complaint stated the two groups had sent mailings regarding state candidates in west Denver Republican primary district races and did not disclose the necessary financial information.
In December, Administrative Law Judge Robert Spencer ordered RMGO and CCL to file the electioneering communications reports and pay fines of $8,450 each. Colorado Secretary of State documents show RMGO paid the fine in March.
Neither group appealed the administrative law judge's decision, according to Ethic Watch's news release.
In October, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners and Colorado Campaign for Life filed a lawsuit against Ethics Watch and the Colorado Secretary of State to block the campaign finance, arguing that Colorado's disclosure law is unconstitutional.
Federal Judge Robert Blackburn allowed the case to proceed in state administrative court. A motion to dismiss RMGO and CCL's lawsuit is before the judge, Ethics Watch stated in its release.
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"Rocky Mountain Gun Owners attempted to bully us by filing a meritless lawsuit in federal court," Director of Colorado Ethics Watch Luis Toro said in the release Monday. "Our success in this case shows once again that bullies will fold if you stand up to them. Now it is time for CCL to pay its fine and for both groups to drop their meritless lawsuit and put this matter behind them."