The city of Colorado Springs has landed on a list of “Top Ethical Failures” in Colorado in 2011 because of its embarrassing confusion about campaign finance laws.
“Colorado Springs’ first municipal election under its new “strong mayor” system revealed a city incapable of enforcing, or sometimes even understanding, its own election laws,” Colorado Ethics Watch wrote in its fourth annual report of what it describes as ethical blunders.
“In fact, Colorado Springs government actively fought against transparency when it refused to enforce its own newly adopted rules,” the group said.
The group’s report, called Ethics Roundup: Top Ethical Failures of 2011, highlights “Colorado’s public officials, agencies and municipalities who have either committed ethics violations or shown significant lack of judgment that places their behavior in the top tier of ethical failures in the state in the past year,” the group said.
“Only by paying attention to the actions of our government agencies and officials, identifying ethical lapses, and shining a light on them will we be assured to have what Colorado voters have demanded – transparent and accountable public leaders,” said Luis Toro, director of Colorado Ethics Watch, said in a news release.
Ethics Watch said it “honed in on the largest controversies” to come up with the report.
“The most egregious of ethical failures took place in Adams County, in the Secretary of State’s Office, and in Colorado Springs, where multiple examples demonstrate a consistent lack of regard for ethics rules, laws and values,” the group said.
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