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Gazette Premium Content Bruce served with contempt citation after 30 attempts

EILEEN WELSOME Updated: June 29, 2010 at 12:00 am

After 30 failed attempts, process servers have finally caught up with Douglas Bruce.

Mike Saccone, a spokesman for the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, said Bruce was served Tuesday morning in Colorado Springs with a contempt-of-court citation by a private process server.

Bruce did not respond to a telephone call requesting comment. If Bruce is found to be in contempt of court, he could be ordered to pay fines and court costs.

Denver District Judge Brian Whitney issued the contempt-of-court citation June 23 after concluding that Bruce had “obstructed the administration of justice” and disobeyed his order compelling him to appear for a deposition.

The contempt-of-court hearing is scheduled for July 26.

The contempt citation arises from a complex series of events that began with Bruce’s failure to appear for a deposition earlier this spring in connection with a campaign finance hearing. The purpose of that hearing was to find out who financed the campaign to get Amendment 60, Amendment 61, and Proposition 101 on the November ballot.

Those three measures , would limit the ability of local and state governments to borrow money, reduce the state income tax, and roll back certain fees.

Proponents say the measures are needed to rein in government debt and keep more money in the pockets of taxpayers. Opponents say the measures would deal a potentially fatal blow to the state’s economy.

Bruce, the author of the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, or TABOR, sought to distance himself from the three ballot issues, but testimony in the campaign finance hearing showed that he was deeply involved, communicating with the sponsors through the e-mail address

Saccone said the AG’s Office does not plan to file additional motions. “The burden at the hearing will be on Mr. Bruce to show why he shall not be held in contempt,” he said.

Call the writer at 476-4825.

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