The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission on Thursday released a 31-page investigative report into two ethics complaints lodged against then-Gov. John Hickenlooper.
The investigative report does not draw conclusions nor make recommendations as to further action, which will be decided by the commission. The commission is scheduled to meet again Dec. 5.
Hickenlooper is among eight Democrats vying to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner of Yuma for his Senate seat in 2020. As a result, the ethics complaint has drawn national attention.
The Public Trust Institute, formed by former Republican Speaker of the House Frank McNulty, filed the complaints in October 2018, alleging that Hickenlooper “traveled on private jets owned by for-profit corporations both domestically and internationally and illegally accepted luxury hotel accommodations and expensive travel expenses from corporations.”
The state ethics commission focused on travel related to a June 2018 trip to Turin, Italy, for the Bilderberg Meeting, an annual forum “designed to foster dialogue between Europe and North America.” The commission also investigated Hickenlooper’s travel to Connecticut in March 2018 for the commissioning of the USS Colorado; private travel to New Jersey in January 2018 and to a wedding in Texas in April 2018; and travel to Jackson Hole, Wyo., in August 2018 to attend the American Enterprise Institute’s Jackson Hole Symposium.