Colorado Springs commitment to transparency questioned after Amazon land purchase investigation

The Complete Colorado: Colorado Springs has a stated “commitment to the principles of open government, including transparency and civic engagement.” But according to Tim Hoiles, Publisher of Fourth Estate News Bureau, the city has a long way to go in that regard.

Hoiles, previously a member of the Board of Directors of Freedom Communications–which once owned the Colorado Springs Gazette–formed Fourth Estate News Bureau to hold the city accountable to the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) and to demand transparency.

Hoiles isn’t playing softball.

Fourth Estate just received a $16,500 check from the city in an out-of-court settlement of a lawsuit it filed over the city’s refusal to disclose public information about the lease of city property at the Colorado Springs Airport to a Delaware-based corporation called TC Pursuit Services.

Fourth Estate just received a $16,500 check from the city in an out-of-court settlement of a lawsuit it filed over the city’s refusal to disclose public information about the lease of city property at the Colorado Springs Airport to a Delaware-based corporation called TC Pursuit Services.

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