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Joshi campaign flinches, admits role in orchestrating attack mailer

Joshi campaign flinches, admits role in orchestrating attack mailer

Posted On: June 14, 2016

Faced with a possible complaint to the secretary of state, Colorado Springs state Rep. Janak Joshi’s campaign chief has admitted his camp was behind a controversial attack mailer that accused Joshi’s GOP primary opponent of cross-dressing. In response to a letter last week from Colorado Government Watch Executive [...]

Joshi campaign called on to disclose role in controversial mailer or face complaint to state

Joshi campaign called on to disclose role in controversial mailer or face complaint to state

Posted On: June 10, 2016

Colorado Government Watch is calling on the re-election campaign of Colorado Springs state Rep. Janak Joshi either to reveal the degree of its involvement in a controversial mass-mailing that accused his opponent of “cross dressing”—or brace for a formal complaint to the Colorado [...]

VIDEO: Springs Rep. Joshi flees questions linking campaign to ‘gutter politics’

Posted On: May 18, 2016

A Colorado Springs state lawmaker went out of his way—literally—this week to avoid disclosing what role his re-election campaign played in funding and circulating a controversial letter and “fact sheet” that slam his opponent and even accuse him of cross-dressing. Third-term state [...]

Klingenschmitt charity’s tactics denounced as ‘unethical’ by national experts

Klingenschmitt charity’s tactics denounced as ‘unethical’ by national experts

Posted On: May 05, 2016

National Christian groups that root out fraud and abuse by wayward ministries are calling out Colorado state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt’s controversial Pray In Jesus Name charity for the way it channels business to his for-profit operation. The founder of one of the watchdog groups had [...]

VIDEO: Klingenschmitt once again flees questions about his financial affairs

Posted On: April 21, 2016

Colorado Government Watch returned to the State Capitol Wednesday in an effort to get state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt to address mounting issues surrounding his controversial charity and his elusive, for-profit operation. Once again, he refused to answer our questions when approached—and he ducked [...]

Klingenschmitt’s for-profit business tracked down—in Delaware

Klingenschmitt’s for-profit business tracked down—in Delaware

Posted On: April 07, 2016

After months of silence from Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt about where he had set up his elusive for-profit operation—or if it even was registered to do business at all—Colorado Government Watch has obtained a document revealing that it is incorporated in Delaware. That, despite the [...]

Still no record of Klingenschmitt’s fund-raising for Indian orphans

Still no record of Klingenschmitt’s fund-raising for Indian orphans

Posted On: April 06, 2016

Despite state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt’s continued claims of having raised funds for assorted humanitarian causes—ranging from the Pikes Peak region to India—bona fide documentation for the deeds has yet to turn up in his charity’s tax records. Klingenschmitt’s Persuade the World [...]

VIDEO: Klingenschmitt claims ‘semester off’ from teaching; school says otherwise

Posted On: March 15, 2016

Controversy-courting state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt, who promotes himself as a “college professor” at Colorado Christian University, contended today on video that he is merely taking time off of teaching while at the legislature—despite a statement released by the school that he is no [...]

‘Professor’ no more? University says Klingenschmitt not on faculty

‘Professor’ no more? University says Klingenschmitt not on faculty

Posted On: March 10, 2016

Colorado Government Watch has learned that state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt no longer is affiliated with Colorado Christian University—apparently contradicting claims on at least one of his websites as well as his Wikipedia page. The controversial first-term state legislator and televangelist from Colorado [...]

VIDEO: Klingenschmitt flees questions, summons security at Capitol

Posted On: March 08, 2016

Confronted on camera at the State Capitol Monday with questions surrounding his controversial, tax-exempt charity, state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt shut down the attempted interview and had state troopers eject a Colorado Government Watch team from the public building. Flanked by a uniformed Colorado State [...]

IRS confirms complaint against Klingenschmitt’s nonprofit

IRS confirms complaint against Klingenschmitt’s nonprofit

Posted On: February 28, 2016

We have received confirmation from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service that it now is considering a complaint Colorado Government Watch filed Jan. 28 against a controversial tax-exempt charity run by state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt, of Colorado Springs. The agency closely monitors 501(c)(3) charities, [...]

Fax-petition service raises new round of issues for Klingenschmitt

Fax-petition service raises new round of issues for Klingenschmitt

Posted On: February 24, 2016

With wide-ranging concerns over Colorado Springs state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt’s tax-exempt charity still unaddressed, questions are now arising over a pay-to-play, fax-petition service he pitches through his nonprofit’s website and mass-email campaigns. Klingenschmitt’s Pray In Jesus Name operation, which has taken in over $1 million [...]

Klingenschmitt called on to release tax returns, disclose financial ties

Klingenschmitt called on to release tax returns, disclose financial ties

Posted On: February 11, 2016

With questions mounting over a tax-exempt nonprofit operated by Colorado Springs state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt, Colorado Government Watch called today for the first-term legislator to release his federal tax returns to the Secretary of State’s Office for public inspection. His Pray In Jesus [...]

Complaint filed with IRS seeks probe, audit of Klingenschmitt’s tax-exempt charity

Complaint filed with IRS seeks probe, audit of Klingenschmitt’s tax-exempt charity

Posted On: January 28, 2016

Citing a series of “deficiencies, discrepancies and irregularities” at a controversial tax-exempt charity run by state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt, of Colorado Springs, Colorado Government Watch filed a complaint this week with the federal Internal Revenue Service, calling for an investigation and audit of [...]

BREAKING NEWS: Court orders Jeffco schools recall group to disclose backers

BREAKING NEWS: Court orders Jeffco schools recall group to disclose backers

Posted On: December 18, 2015

A Colorado court has upheld our quest to shed light on the mystery group that started this fall’s successful recall campaign in the Jefferson County School District, the state’s second largest. That’s great news for Jeffco voters and taxpayers; at last, [...]

The Jeffco recall is over, but our quest for disclosure continues

The Jeffco recall is over, but our quest for disclosure continues

Posted On: November 05, 2015

We have consolidated our efforts in seeking accountability for anonymous funding behind Tuesday’s recall of Jefferson County School District board members. This week, we withdrew one of two complaints we had filed with the state against key players in the [...]

Recall ad campaign reaffirms case for disclosing funders

Recall ad campaign reaffirms case for disclosing funders

Posted On: October 30, 2015

Online newspaper ads and a YouTube video explicitly endorsing candidates in a recall election in metro Denver’s Jefferson County School District are being funded by the same  group that has given the recall campaign over $90,000 —without disclosing its funding sources. Jeffco United, a nonprofit [...]

Jeffco schools recall backers delay court hearing on ID of funders

Jeffco schools recall backers delay court hearing on ID of funders

Posted On: October 27, 2015

With only a week left for voters in Colorado’s largest school district to cast ballots in a bitterly contested recall election targeting a majority of their school board, recall backers were able to postpone a court hearing today into their funding sources. In a motion filed Friday with [...]

State probe into lawmaker’s tax-exempt charity underway

State probe into lawmaker’s tax-exempt charity underway

Posted On: October 27, 2015

The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office has responded to our formal complaint, calling for an investigation of Colorado Springs state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt’s Persuade the World Ministries. Our complaint asks the agency to examine whether the tax-exempt charity, which is also known [...]

Another complaint filed against recall effort in Jeffco schools

Another complaint filed against recall effort in Jeffco schools

Posted On: October 22, 2015

A week after we asked the Colorado secretary of state to require two groups seeking a school board’s recall to disclose their funding sources, questionable tactics on the campaign trail have prompted us to file a second complaint against some of the recall [...]

Shining a light on donors driving the Jeffco schools recall

Shining a light on donors driving the Jeffco schools recall

Posted On: October 14, 2015

This week, we asked the Colorado secretary of state to require two advocacy groups to disclose their funding sources—given the potentially pivotal role they are playing in a recall election in metro-Denver’s Jefferson County School District. Three members of the [...]

Klingenschmitt grasps at straws instead of accounting for lapses

Klingenschmitt grasps at straws instead of accounting for lapses

Posted On: September 29, 2015

It is troubling to see Colorado Springs state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt attempt to wave off concerns about a tax-exempt charity that he runs—and that collected some $850,000 in donations last year. Rather than open the books of his Persuade the World Ministries to the [...]

Complaint, call for inquiry filed with state against Klingenschmitt’s tax-exempt charity

Complaint, call for inquiry filed with state against Klingenschmitt’s tax-exempt charity

Posted On: September 23, 2015

This week, Colorado Government Watch filed a formal complaint with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, calling for it to investigate Colorado Springs state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt’s Persuade the World Ministries, doing business as Pray in Jesus Name. Our complaint [...]

Will Klingenschmitt account to the public over questions about his charity?

Will Klingenschmitt account to the public over questions about his charity?

Posted On: September 15, 2015

On Monday, Sept. 14, we received a letter from the state legislature’s lawyers on behalf of Colorado Springs state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt, declining our request for documents that could shed light on a sometimes-controversial nonprofit run by the freshman lawmaker. [...]

CoGW aims to shed light on Gordon Klingenschmitt’s for-profit-nonprofit network

CoGW aims to shed light on Gordon Klingenschmitt’s for-profit-nonprofit network

Posted On: September 11, 2015

Colorado Springs state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt has developed a national ministry that solicits tax-deductible donations through a nonprofit charity—Persuade the World Ministries, doing business as Pray in Jesus Name—registered with the Colorado Secretary of State. As indicated in the organization’s [...]

Controversial El Paso Co. lawmaker served public-records request over nonprofit

Controversial El Paso Co. lawmaker served public-records request over nonprofit

Posted On: September 10, 2015

This morning, Colorado Government Watch filed a public-records request under the Colorado Open Records Act with state Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt, of Colorado Springs. While Rep. Klingenschmitt has been involved in several political controversies over the past year since being elected [...]

Councilwoman Helen Collins refuses to answer questions about her real estate dealings

Posted On: September 01, 2015

After appearing at another probation-revocation hearing in Denver District Court for her friend and campaign contributor, convicted felon Douglas Bruce on Monday, Aug. 31, Colorado Springs District 4 City Councilwoman Helen Collins again wouldn’t answer any of our questions about [...]

Convicted felon Douglas Bruce attempts to block an interview with Councilwoman Helen Collins

Posted On: September 01, 2015

Outside a Denver District Court hearing on Monday, Aug. 31, at which he was facing charges he violated his probation, convicted felon Douglas Bruce tried to stop us from asking questions of Colorado Springs District 4 City Councilwoman Helen Collins. Bruce [...]

Collins ally Bruce faces probation allegations—and dodges our questions

Posted On: July 14, 2015

Convicted felon, political activist and real estate investor Douglas Bruce—a close ally of Springs City Council member Helen Collins—fended off questions Monday outside a Denver courtroom about allegations he has violated his probation. Bruce served jail time for tax evasion [...]

Helen Collins should resign now—or be removed from office

Helen Collins should resign now—or be removed from office

Posted On: June 09, 2015

The Colorado Springs Independent Ethics Commission’s recommendation on Monday for the City Council to censure District 4’s embattled council member Helen Collins has merit but simply doesn’t go far enough. Collins’ profound ethical lapses in helping perpetrate a fraud on city taxpayers [...]

VIDEO: Councilwoman Helen Collins’ ousted tenants speak out—and confirm lease with Douglas Bruce

Posted On: May 31, 2015

Tenants locked out of a run-down and condemned Kansas City apartment building that is owned by Colorado Springs District 4 City Councilwoman Helen Collins have lashed out at Collins in a new video interview by Colorado Springs Government Watch Executive Director [...]

VIDEO: Douglas Bruce takes camera by force from CoSGW director

Posted On: April 10, 2015

Colorado Springs Government Watch Executive Director Dede Laugesen's phone was torn away from her by convicted felon Douglas Bruce in Denver this morning. The incident occured as Laugesen was using the phone to take video

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Kudos to recall’s organizer—and a promise to keep tracking Collins

Kudos to recall’s organizer—and a promise to keep tracking Collins

Posted On: April 08, 2015

Our special thanks and praise go out to District 4 political activist and education-reform advocate Deborah Hendrix for having the courage and determination to lanch the recall drive against Colorado Springs City Council District 4’s Helen Collins. Deborah took a [...]

CoSGW counsel calls on Collins to cooperate, release records

CoSGW counsel calls on Collins to cooperate, release records

Posted On: March 05, 2015

Our latest effort to obtain public records from Colorado Springs City Council member Helen Collins—this time, on a real estate deal in which she was directly involved with convicted felon and political ally Douglas Bruce—has met with yet another blanket [...]

Records request filed on Collins-Bruce real estate deal, reported ethics probe

Records request filed on Collins-Bruce real estate deal, reported ethics probe

Posted On: February 20, 2015

A news report this week in the Colorado Springs Independent has revealed a recent real estate deal involving City Council District 4’s Helen Collins, who is facing a recall election, and Douglas Bruce, the convicted felon and controversial political activist with [...]

CoSGW unveils an advisory board to help guide its mission

CoSGW unveils an advisory board to help guide its mission

Posted On: February 04, 2015

After reaching out to a cross-section of our community, CoSGW has enlisted and designated a voluntary Board of Advisers who will help us pursue our mission of ensuring local government is open, ethical and accountable to the public. The board, consisting of [...]

Citizens recall of Helen Collins qualifies for the April ballot

Citizens recall of Helen Collins qualifies for the April ballot

Posted On: January 16, 2015

It’s official: The citizens campaign to recall Colorado Springs District 4 City Council member Helen Collins from office has collected enough signatures to qualify for the April 7 ballot. Colorado Springs Government Watch recently decided to support the recall effort [...]

Collins faces another records request—over relationship with convicted killer

Collins faces another records request—over relationship with convicted killer

Posted On: December 30, 2014

(UPDATE: As of Jan. 2, Helen Collins has yet to respond directly or comprehensively to our Dec. 30 request for public records of any contact between herself and convicted murderer Bruce Nozolino. On Wednesday afternoon, the city of Colorado Springs [...]

Collins a near-no-show in our quest for documents on Douglas Bruce

Collins a near-no-show in our quest for documents on Douglas Bruce

Posted On: December 19, 2014

To say the least, Colorado Springs District 4 City Council member Helen Collins’ response to our Nov. 19 public-records request was underwhelming. Frankly, it was hard to swallow. Acting on tips and other information we had received, we had asked the [...]

Digging deeper in search for records of Collins’ ties to Bruce

Digging deeper in search for records of Collins’ ties to Bruce

Posted On: December 09, 2014

We are still awaiting word from Springs City Councilwoman Helen Collins as to whether she has more public records to disclose about her association with local political activist Douglas Bruce. We sent her the following communication this morning: Colorado Springs [...]

City starts poring over former councilman’s digital records

City starts poring over former councilman’s digital records

Posted On: December 02, 2014

Here’s an update on our pending public-records request for digital recordings by former Colorado Springs City Council member Joel Miller, who resigned from the council unexpectedly last week. This morning, we sent the letter below responding to a city communication [...]

A call for the disclosure of former councilman Miller’s recordings

A call for the disclosure of former councilman Miller’s recordings

Posted On: November 24, 2014

Just minutes before his surprise resignation was to become official, Colorado Springs Government Watch filed another public-records request this afternoon with City Council member and announced mayoral candidate Joel Miller—this time seeking photos, audio and video recordings and any dowloads [...]

Documents sought from Springs Council’s Helen Collins over ties to Bruce

Documents sought from Springs Council’s Helen Collins over ties to Bruce

Posted On: November 19, 2014

This afternoon we sent Colorado Springs City Council member Helen Collins, District 4, a public-records request under the Colorado Open Records Act seeking records of her communications with local political activists Douglas Bruce and Kanda Calef. See details of our [...]

Miller pressed to comply fully with open-records request

Posted On: November 18, 2014

Please see our follow-up letter, below, sent this morning to Coloardo Springs City Council member Joel Miller, urging him to fully comply with our records request under the Colorado Open Records Act: Councilman Miller: Thank you for your prompt response [...]

Public-records request filed on Springs Councilman Joel Miller

Public-records request filed on Springs Councilman Joel Miller

Posted On: November 17, 2014

In the interest of advancing transparency and disclosure at Colorado Springs City Hall, this afternoon we sent City Council member Joel Miller a public-records request under the Colorado Open Records Act, seeking records of some of his communications. See the [...]