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CO: Rightwing Secretary of State Ignores Some Laws, Invents Others
Matt Singer on September 20, 2006 - 8:48am
Colorado Secretary of State Gigi Dennis is doing a nice job, if "nice job" in elected office means using your powers for partisan gain. Twice in the last week, Dennis has been busted for using her authority to advance her own ideological goals, while ignoring the law. Yesterday, Rep. Morgan Carroll (an outstanding legislator we profiled earlier this year) called out Dennis' office for dragging its feet in implementing a new law (sponsored by Carroll) requiring increased reporting and disclosure by lobbyists. The Secretary of State's office insisted their hands were tied until July 1 because of a lack of appropriation on the bill. Of course, the bill had already become law. And the lack of both appropriation and law did not stop the Secretary of State's office from implementing other rules on their own attacking unions ability to represent their members in elections. Earlier this week, a district judge struck down rules that Dennis implemented requiring union leaders to get individual sign-off from each individual member to use their money for political reasons -- an obstacle that, for example, corporate PACs do not face. As the Rocky Mountain News article explaining the decision reports, Dennis met with Republican attorneys in crafting the rules. Someone should ask Dennis' office why they feel comfortable crafting, enforcing, and litigating over rules apparently not required by law while arguing that she couldn't even take relatively minor actions to begin enforcing a law passed by the state legislature.