Colorado ethics commission to investigate Gov. Hickenlooper’s travel |

Colorado ethics commission to investigate Gov. Hickenlooper’s travel

Anna Staver and John Aguliar
The Denver Post
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks to members of the public, including local teachers and school administrators, at CMC's Moorgridge Commons in May 2018.
Chelsea Self / Post Independent file photo

It looks like Gov. John Hickenlooper will get an unwanted goodbye gift — an ethics investigation into allegations that he received thousands of dollars worth of gifts that were not disclosed — as he fills out the final months of his eight-year term as Colorado’s top executive.

Colorado’s Independent Ethics Commission voted this week to investigate whether the Democratic governor accepted flights on private jets, luxury hotel stays and all-expense paid events and then failed to disclose them as the law requires.

“Yesterday, I could not have confirmed or denied that the complaint even existed,” Dino Ioannides, the commission’s executive director, said Tuesday. “Today I can confirm that complaint exists and was found to be non-frivolous.”

That doesn’t mean the commission thinks Hickenlooper is guilty. It just means it thinks the charges are worth investigating.

A newly formed group called Public Trust Institute filed the 189-page complaint earlier this month. It’s run by former Colorado House Speaker Frank McNulty and lists nearly 100 questionable flights Hickenlooper has taken since September 2011, as well as international trips where the governor allegedly accepted hotel stays and other events. McNulty believes all of these items exceed the gift limits voters set for politicians in 2006 when they passed Amendment 41.

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