Colorado Times Recorder: Politics in Colorado have a reputation as being clean and corruption-free. An ongoing investigation by the Colorado Times Recorder into the personal financial disclosures of the state legislature, however, calls this reputation into question.
“Colorado politics are boringly clean,” longtime political columnist Mike Littwin said in 2015, echoing the sentiment of lawmakers and commentators who often point to the state’s budgeting process, online campaign finance database, and open meeting laws as the gold standard for ethics in government.
The reputation is not entirely unearned. The state budget process is noteworthy for its transparency — the Center for Public Integrity article linked above rates the process as a B+ — and Colorado can lay claim to passing the nation’s first Sunshine Law for open meetings in 1972.
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