Hickenlooper Has Been Accused Of Accepting Ethically Questionable Flights Nearly 100 Times During His Tenure As Governor, Including A Trip To Jackson Hole.
In November 2018, The Public Trust Institute Filed A 189-Page Complaint Alleging Hickenlooper Took Nearly 100 Questionable Flights With “Wealthy Benefactors” 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)
Hickenlooper Flew On A Private Jet To Jackson Hole, WY With His Chief Of Staff. “Washington, D.C. to Jackson Hole, Wy.: Hickenlooper’s chief of staff, Patrick Meyers, flew Hickenlooper to Jackson Hole on a private leased plane. Meyers said it was a way to save time and money. Meyers was heading to Denver, so Jackson Hole was a detour. Hickenlooper’s team defended the trip on two grounds — as official business, since he spoke at the American Enterprise Institute’s conference in his role as governor, and as a special occasion with a personal friend. The trips ‘were all bought and paid for by corporations, they all had potential conflicts of interests, they were all lavish expenditures that benefited Mr. Hickenlooper directly,’ Staiert said, faulting Hickenlooper for not seeking advisory opinions.” (Andrew Kenney, “What Is John Hickenlooper’s Ethics Complaint About?” CPR News, 6/5/20)
Due To Statutes Of Limitations, Hickenlooper Was Only Investigated For Trips He Took In 2018.
Due To Statutes Of Limitations, The Commission Could Only Investigate Trips Hickenlooper Took In 2018. “The complaint was originally filed last year by Hickenlooper’s one-time political rival, former Republican House Speaker Frank McNulty. It alleged Hickenlooper violated the state’s gift ban when he crisscrossed the country throughout his two terms. Due to statutes of limitation, the commission can only investigate trips Hickenlooper took during 2018.” (Nic Garcia, “John Hickenlooper Ethics Complaint Over Travel Is Moving Forward After Commission Refuses To Dismiss,” The Denver Post, 2/11/19)