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Gazette Premium Content Bruce not in contempt, but judge says he must answer questions

TIM HOOVER Updated: September 7, 2010 at 12:00 am

Tax-bashing activist Douglas Bruce will not be held in contempt of court, but he will have to answer questions about his involvement in placing three tax-cutting intiatives on the November ballot, a judge ruled today.

But David Lane, Bruce’s attorney, said it’s likely Bruce will fight any attempt to make him testify about his involvement with or support of Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101. Lane said inquiring about those activities would violate Bruce’s First Amendment rights to associate politically with whom and which causes he pleases.

“Douglas Bruce is not obligated to set forth any of his political beliefs,” Lane said after the hearing today before Denver District Judge Brian Whitney. “His life doesn’t become an open book.”

Bruce’s contempt-of-court hearing stemmed from a campaign finance case involving the three initiatives. Opponents of the initiatives claimed that supporters never formed an issue committee with Secretary of State Bernie Buescher’s office as required by law to report the contributions and expenditures necessary to gather the signatures of 76,047 registered voters to place the issues on the ballot.

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