Ex-secretary of state sues to block ethics hearing
DENVER, Colorado ” Former Colorado Secretary of State Mike Coffman is asking a judge to block a state ethics commission from holding a hearing on a complaint against him.
Coffman filed suit in Denver District Court saying the complaint is frivolous and the commission has no jurisdiction to consider it.
The suit was filed late Wednesday and made public Thursday.
Colorado Ethics Watch filed the complaint. It accuses Coffman of allowing an employee who dealt with elections to also operate a partisan political business.
It also says he improperly approved electronic voting machines from a manufacturer with ties to a lobbying group that Coffman used when he ran for Congress.
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Coffman, a Republican, was elected to Congress in November. He has denied wrongdoing.