Thursday, February 18, 2016
CONTACT: Alan Franklin, Political Director at [email protected]

DENVER: This week marks the 15th anniversary of when a complaint was first filed about Rep. Mike Coffman for breaking the Fair Campaign Practices Act. After extensive denials and appeals, Coffman was found by every court, including the Colorado Supreme Court, to have broken the law.

“Mike Coffman is the first and only Colorado elected official ruled by the Colorado Supreme Court to have broken campaign finance law,” said Alan Franklin, political director of ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization. “Every election year is a new opportunity to hold Coffman accountable for his long record of ethical problems and coverups. Coffman’s problems aren’t going away.”

On February 13, 2001, the Denver Post reported on a complaint filed against then-State Treasurer Mike Coffman for violating Colorado’s campaign laws by using “the machinery of the state,” including his staff, letterhead and Web site, to oppose a school-finance proposal on the ballot in the 2000 elections. After a long and expensive legal battle, Coffman was found to have violated the law by every presiding court including the Colorado Supreme Court.

“Mike Coffman’s long record of abuse of office and coverups includes being the only Colorado public official ever to have been found guilty by the Colorado Supreme Court for breaking campaign finance laws–and misusing his taxpayer funded office–for political gain,” stated Franklin. “Coffman has become an expert at covering up his corrupt record over the years, but in 2016 it’s finally coming back to haunt him.”