Colorado ex-Gov. Hickenlooper’s travel ethics probe released


DENVER (AP) — A report from the Colorado Ethics commission released Thursday came to no summary about whether or not previous governor and recent U.S. Senate candidate John Hickenlooper’s use of private planes all through his time in workplace violated point out rules but specific outings to Connecticut, Wyoming and in other places on the jets.

The report is the consequence of an investigation into a criticism submitted by a former Republican speaker of the Colorado Property of Representatives that alleged Hickenlooper, a Democrat difficult GOP Sen. Cory Gardner, violated the state’s limits on gifts to elected officials.

Hickenlooper’s attorneys have contended the complaint is groundless and made to damage his political prospective clients.

The report comes to no conclusion — the fee will agenda a hearing more than the report in the coming months and rule on it — but facts some of the visits the former governor produced.

Some of the excursions, this sort of as a flight on a private jet to officiate at the marriage ceremony of entrepreneur Elon Musk’s brother in Texas, Hickenlooper paid for. But at the very least a person was paid for by a business owned by a single of Hickenlooper’s mate and political backers, billionaire Larry Mizel, who is a Republican.

In March of 2018, Hickenlooper flew on a jet owned by Mizel’s enterprise, MDC Holdings, to Connecticut to preside at the naming of the USS Colorado, a U.S. Navy submarine. He also detoured to Jackson Hole to give a speech to a meeting for the duration of a flight on a personal plane leased by his then-chief of employees, Pat Meyers, from Washington, DC to Denver in August of 2018.

Colorado regulation prohibits items value far more than $59 to elected officers with limited exceptions.