June 8, 2010
Douglas Bruce, who avoided more than two dozen attempts last month to be served with a court order to testify in a campaign-finance hearing, said Tuesday he was away on vacation.
“Last year at this time I went to China. This time I went to Pennsylvania. So what?” he said in an interview.
Bruce, a Colorado Springs anti-tax activist, refused to answer repeated questions in the interview about whether he purposely left town to avoid being served. El Paso County Sheriff’s deputies and process servers made 29 attempts to serve him with a court order issued by Denver District Judge Brian Whitney.
“I have a right to go on vacation,” Bruce said. “I don’t have to clear with anybody in the government whether I want to go on vacation.”
When pressed to answer the question, Bruce said: “I have responded to your question.”
The state Attorney General’s Office is considering court action against Bruce.
“We’re still looking into the matter and trying to determine if we’re going to seek a contempt citation,” Mike Saccone, a spokesman for Attorney General, said Tuesday.
The campaign-finance hearing in Denver last month delved into who financed efforts to get three statewide measures on the November ballot. At issue was whether the proponents of the three measures, Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101, should have filed as issue committees and disclosed expenditures and contributions. Opponents say the three measures would limit the ability of local and state government to borrow money and raise taxes.
Bruce, a former prosecutor, has tried to distance himself from the three measures.
But testimony and exhibits in the hearing revealed he coached proponents of the measures from the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bruce said the issue of the subpoenas is what he called a “nonstory.”
“The whole thing is over – just waiting for the judge to concede that these people didn’t have any duty to file an issue committee report,” he said. “The matter is otherwise over.”
Reporter Eileen Welsome contributed to this report.