John Hickenlooper Violated Colorado Ethics Laws By Accepting Corporate Gifts Including A Private Jet Trip And A Limousine Ride.
In June 2020, The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission Found Hickenlooper Violated Colorado’s Amendment 41 By Accepting Gifts From Large Corporations. “Former Gov. John Hickenlooper violated state ethics laws when he allowed large corporations to cover the cost of a private jet trip to Connecticut, a Maserati limousine ride, and several ritzy dinners in 2018, the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission ruled Friday. The commission considered six allegations against Hickenlooper. The Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate was found to have not violated Amendment 41, the state’s ban on gifts to public officials, in four instances.” (Justin Wingerter, “John Hickenlooper violated ethics laws twice in 2018, commission finds,” The Denver Post, 6/5/20)
- The Corporate Gifts Included A Private Jet Trip To Connecticut And A Maserati Limousine Ride In Italy. “Former Gov. John Hickenlooper violated state ethics laws when he allowed large corporations to cover the cost of a private jet trip to Connecticut, a Maserati limousine ride, and several ritzy dinners in 2018, the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission ruled Friday…The commission agreed unanimously that that Hickenlooper violated the gift ban in June 2018 when he attended secretive Bilderberg meetings in Italy. He paid a flat fee of $1,500 that he said he believed covered the cost of a hotel stay, limousine transportation, meals and more. The event’s sponsor, Fiat-Chrysler, has said the $1,500 fee did not include the limousine rides.” (Justin Wingerter, “John Hickenlooper violated ethics laws twice in 2018, commission finds,” The Denver Post, 6/5/20)
Hickenlooper Has Been Accused Of Accepting Ethically Questionable Flights Nearly 100 Times During His Tenure As Governor.
In November 2018, The Public Trust Institute Filed A 189-Page Complaint Alleging Hickenlooper Took Nearly 100 Questionable Flights As Governor. “The 189-page complaint by newly formed Public Trust Institute — a nonprofit run by former House Speaker Frank McNulty, a Republican — lays out nearly 100 questionable flights Hickenlooper has taken since September 2011, when he first took office, primarily focusing on those taken in the last year. The far-reaching ethics complaint filed against the governor alleges that he made a habit of crisscrossing the globe on private jets owned by wealthy benefactors, accepted luxury hotel stays and all-expense-paid events, and then did not disclose them as the law requires.” (David Migoya, “Attorney General Asked To Review Gov. Hickenlooper’s Alleged Trip On Tesla Jet Prior To Seeking New Emission Rules,” The Denver Post, 11/18/18)