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Hickenlooper Dropped Presidential Bid On Personal Disclosure Due Date
freebeacon ^ | SEPTEMBER 8, 2019 | Todd Shepherd

Posted on 09/08/2019 9:29:30 AM PDT by MarvinStinson

Former governor requested two extensions while running for president

John Hickenlooper's exit from the presidential race came on the same day he would have had to file his financial disclosure forms with the Office of Government Ethics.

By entering the Colorado U.S. Senate race instead—a job he repeatedly said he did not want and would not be well suited for—the former governor will not have to provide a financial disclosure with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics until May 15, 2020.

After formally becoming a presidential candidate on March 4, 2019, Hickenlooper requested two extensions that were granted by the Federal Election Commission.

The first disclosure deadline was May 15, the second was July 1.

Just a week before the July 1 deadline, attorneys for Hickenlooper filed a request to delay his disclosures because "both the governor and his spouse have each experienced unusually frequent and extended travel during the weeks prior to the deadline, making it exceptionally difficult to compile the necessary information." With that last request granted, his disclosures should have been due August 15, the day he dropped out.

"In addition, the Governor has had to devote a considerable amount of time preparing for the Presidential debates, which will be held two days before the deadline," the request went on to say.

According to a compilation of financial disclosures of all presidential candidates at, Democratic representatives Seth Moulton and Tim Ryan were the only other candidates who asked for extensions to file.

Hickenlooper ran for president for 164 days without filing the disclosures, and if he files on the last day possible under Senate ethics rules, he will have gone an additional 267 days. All told, he could run 431 days in aggregate for federal office without filing disclosures.

Requests for comment to the Hickenlooper campaign were not returned.

Some conservative groups in the state would like to see more transparency from Hickenlooper.

"Hickenlooper's timing is almost too perfect—this way he gets through most of the primary without having to disclose any personal financial information to the public," said Lindsey Singer, communications director for the Republican-oriented Colorado Rising PAC.

"With a couple ethics complaints about his travel hanging over his head, the question that I'm sure will come up in the primary is, what is Hickenlooper trying to hide?"

Singer was referring to a formal ethics complaint filed against Hickenlooper in 2018 alleging that while governor, he violated state rules by improperly accepting free jet rides. In February, the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission chose not to dismiss the case so an investigation is still ongoing.

In 2014 as he ran for reelection, he released 27 years of tax records, "but only the two- to three-page summaries for each year," the Denver Post reported. By contrast, his opponent released eight years of his full tax filings.

Issues of transparency have also persisted for Hickenlooper regarding his charitable giving.

He once cut a five-figure check to the IRS to settle an issue over tax conservation easements he apparently counted as charitable contributions on a rural piece of property he owns in Colorado.

Additionally, Hickenlooper declined to reveal on his tax returns what charities he supported because he "didn't want them politicized" and had "promised some of them anonymity," according to the Denver Post.

Hickenlooper maintained that policy of refusing to name the charities he had given to when he ran for reelection in 2014.

TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: 2020demprimary; co2020; colorado; ethics; hickenlooper

1 posted on 09/08/2019 9:29:30 AM PDT by MarvinStinson
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To: MarvinStinson

Wuh oh. Askin’ questions...

2 posted on 09/08/2019 9:36:24 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: MarvinStinson

“...without having to disclose any personal financial information to the public.”

I see what’s going on here.

3 posted on 09/08/2019 9:37:52 AM PDT by duckman ( Not tired of winning!)
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To: duckman

We had more than enough personal disclosure from Hickenlooper when he revealed that he took his mother to see “Deep Throat.”

4 posted on 09/08/2019 9:40:47 AM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: MarvinStinson

Quick cash grab.

5 posted on 09/08/2019 9:47:34 AM PDT by wastedyears (The left would kill every single one of us and our families if they knew they could get away with it)
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To: MarvinStinson

He won’t give out his personal finances but he still wants Trump’s.

6 posted on 09/08/2019 9:51:25 AM PDT by bgill
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To: MarvinStinson

John Wright Hickenlooper Jr. is an American politician, businessman, and geologist who was the 42nd governor of Colorado from 2011 to 2019.

He is a member of the Democratic Party. Wikipedia

Born: February 7, 1952 (age 67 years), Narberth, PA
Nationality: American
Education: Wesleyan University (1980), Wesleyan University (1974)
Spouse: Robin Pringle (m. 2016), Helen Thorpe (m. 2002–2014)

Previous offices: Governor of Colorado (2011–2019), Mayor of Denver (2003–2011)

7 posted on 09/08/2019 9:57:57 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( The line that separates satire and Democrat Stupid has vanished. (thanks to jonascord)!)
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To: MarvinStinson

I’m sure he was told to run for Senate, because, though Gardner is a worthless POS, Chickenpooper is the only one who could beat him.

8 posted on 09/08/2019 10:10:05 AM PDT by real saxophonist (Yeah, well, y'know that's just like, uh... your opinion, man.)
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To: MileHi; dynachrome; Balata; backspace; bboop; Benito Cereno; BulletBobCo; bravo whiskey; Carley; ...

Colorado Ping ( Let me know if you wish to be added or removed from the list.)

9 posted on 09/08/2019 10:26:44 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Grampa Dave

NY Chuck Schumer - DSCC endorsement dividing Colorado Democratic Party,

10 posted on 09/08/2019 10:32:17 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Beowulf9

I think this could be a nasty primary (surely hope so!). There are quite a few candidates running for the seat on the Dem side that aren’t just going to step aside for Hick.

11 posted on 09/08/2019 1:32:48 PM PDT by luv2ski
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