ICYMI: GOP Congressman (Rep. Lamborn) Asks Acting IG of Treasury Dept. to Investigate Hickenlooper’s Use of Taxpayer Funds

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It seems like John Hickenlooper and his ethical issues just continue to get worse and worse. This morning, Rep. Doug Lamborn filed a complaint with the acting Inspector General of the U.S. Treasury Department requesting that they investigate whether Hickenlooper’s use of the 9/11 economic recovery fund to pay for his ethics defense lawyer was illegal. 

“John Hickenlooper wasted over $133,000 in taxpayer dollars defending himself from ethics charges, several of which he was found guilty and fined for. We’re proud to see Rep. Lamborn and Sen. Lundeen step forward to demand answers about whether or not Hickenlooper’s use of the 9/11 economic recovery fund for his own political expenses was illegal. Coloradan’s deserve these answers and in a timely manner.” – COGOP Communications Director Joe Jackson

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GOP Congressman Asks Acting IG of Treasury Dept. to Investigate Hickenlooper’s Use of Taxpayer Funds
Townhall
August 5, 2020

Former Governor of Colorado John Hickenlooper (D) is facing more scrutiny for the debacle surrounding the ethics violations he was found guilty of in June as he navigates his bid for the Senate; in addition to violating his state’s constitution, Hickenlooper used a taxpayer-funded 9/11 relief reserve to fund his legal defense, to the tune of $525 per hour. Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-CO) penned a complaint to Acting Inspector General of the Treasury Department, Richard Delmar, asking for a federal investigation into whether or not Hickenlooper’s use of the fund for such purposes was legal. 

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Rep. Lamborn called on Acting IG Delmar to determine if federal taxpayer money was misused:

“…this complaint provides evidence that Governor John Hickenlooper misappropriated Federal Tax Relief Act of 2003 funds, granted to the State of Colorado for 9/11 recovery programs, to retain a political attorney at a rate of $525 per hour to defend himself against a state ethics complaint that alleged personal misconduct,” he writes. “The federal grant fund at issue, the Federal Tax Relief Act of 2003 (“Act”), explicitly prohibits Governor Hickenlooper’s appropriation to pay for an attorney to defend him against state ethics violations. The Act expressly limits the use of federal funding to: payments for ‘essential government services,’ or payments for ‘federal intergovernmental mandate,’ and the payment must be authorized by the state budget.”

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Read the full article: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/reaganmccarthy/2020/08/05/hick-n2573796