Colorado journalists across the state found instances of government corruption, unenforced laws and more using public records.
Ethics in Government
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.
A nonprofit watchdog that monitored ethical violations and breaches of campaign finance laws goes out of business at the end of 2017, and hopes citizens will pick up the slack.