The report found contracts that went on much longer than recommended, or were with businesses not always fit to do business.
Ethics in Government
Denver's Mayor Has Accepted Big Gifts And Campaign Contributions From People Who Do Business With The City — And It's Perfectly Legal
By Denver rules, large gifts can be accepted under a complex and shifting set of circumstances. In the second half of 2017, Mayor Michael Hancock disclosed $44,415 in gifts, including expensive tickets to sports games and club memberships.
A CPR News investigation finds lobby firms are among the largest donors to city campaigns, and fly internationally to promote the city and spend time with the Hancock administration.
Colorado journalists across the state found instances of government corruption, unenforced laws and more using public records.
An attempt to dismiss the complaint that Hickenlooper improperly accepted free lodging and travel on private jets failed.
The investigation involves travel Hickenlooper made last year. The complaint was filed by former Republican Speaker of the House Frank McNulty and his Public Trust Institute.
Republican Rep.-elect Matt Soper is expected to be sworn into office on Jan. 4 when the legislative session begins.
The governor's response triggers the beginning of an investigation from the Independent Ethics Commission.
The complaint alleges Hickenlooper accepted travel and lodging in violation of state ethics laws.
Denver's Board of Ethics has decided that substantial gifts from city agencies to members of the City Council or the mayor’s office require public reporting.