Colo. judge: Advocate helped with tax initiatives
DENVER – Anti-tax advocate Douglas Bruce was among a group of people involved in putting three tax-reducing initiatives on the November ballot, a Colorado administrative court ruled Friday.
At issue is whether supporters of the initiatives disclosed contributions and expenditures in compliance with campaign finance laws. Bruce has said he wasn’t involved with the initiatives.
The administrative court also ruled on Friday that three people behind the initiatives should have disclosed their contributions. The court ordered Jeff Gross, Russell Haas and Louis Schroeder to each pay a $2,000 fine for their “reckless disregard of their registration and reporting obligations.”
Bruce was not fined, but an administrative court judge said evidence, including e-mails, show he was helped get the initiatives on the ballot.
Bruce didn’t immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.
The court’s ruling came on the same day Colorado Attorney General John Suthers began a process to hold Bruce in contempt of court.
State officials have been trying to get Bruce to testify in the administrative court case and have served him 30 times via mail, e-mail and telephone, Suthers wrote in his proof-of-service motion.
If the motion is approved, Suthers plans to ask for a contempt-of-court ruling next week.
One of the ballot initiatives seeks to cut taxes and fees on motor vehicles, reduce income tax rates and end most taxes on telecommunications.
Another initiative would lower property taxes and in some cases eliminate them altogether. The third proposal would end borrowing by state government and limit borrowing by local governments.
Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com