Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Ethics complaint filed against anti-marijuana-tax group

Posted by on Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 5:25 PM

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Colorado Ethics Watch
, a well-documented state watchdog, said yesterday in a press release that it filed a campaign-finance complaint against the No Over Taxation group, which opposes Proposition AA. (See this week's story on the proposed taxes here.)

Led by Denver attorney Rob Corry, NOT has made headlines in recent weeks for splashy events in Boulder and the state capital that feature free joints handed out to attendees. Now Luis Toro, director of Ethics Watch, says the paperwork behind it all is unsatisfactory.

"The complaint alleges that on September 9, 2013, No Over Taxation held an event at Civic Center Park in Denver that was billed as the 'Formal Launch of "No on Proposition AA" Campaign,'" reads the release. "At the event, the group distributed free marijuana cigarettes to adult members of the public.

"The group held another event on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder on September 23, again distributing free joints to adult members of the public. The group’s September 16 disclosure report included a cash contribution of $0.01 from Robert M. Corry to No Over Taxation on September 9 (the date of the Denver campaign event) that is described as 'Marijuana.'"

We reached out to Corry for comment on the allegations — which include additional charges that NOT's office space is improperly documented — and have yet to hear back. Meanwhile, Toro says it's time to get with it.

“This committee needs to explain how it acquired the marijuana distributed at its campaign events so that voters are well-informed on who is sending this message,” he says in the release. “Voters deserve to know who is providing this campaign with marijuana and office space, and Colorado law requires these contributions to be disclosed.”

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