Boulder Residents Resubmit Campaign Funding Complaint Against City Council Candidate

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After their initial complaint was dismissed, three Boulder residents resubmitted a campaign finance complaint against Boulder city council candidate Steve Rosenblum.

The lawsuit, filed by Mark McIntyre, Regina Cowles and Jane Hummer, argues that among other things, Rosenblum exceeded the city’s spending limits when he sought legal assistance to research, prepare and bring legal action against Boulder Progressives and a group of community members.

The lawsuit, formally filed on September 22 in Boulder District Court, alleges a coordinated campaign against Rosenblum’s candidacy and a coordinated effort to block his approvals. He also alleges that websites and social media accounts were created bearing Rosenblum’s image without his permission. Some of the defendants filed a motion last week to dismiss the complaint against them.

The initial campaign finance complaint was dismissed because the plaintiffs failed to cite specific city codes, other than the general section, which they allege Rosenblum violated.

“We had to note each specific instance in the code individually where we were reporting a violation,” McIntyre said. “We went back and completely restructured it. “

According to a press release from residents who filed the complaint, Rosenblum did not disclose his attorney’s fees as well as public relations and investigative costs paid on behalf of his campaign.

“Paid work in support of a candidate’s campaign for public relations, investigative work and / or legal fees is a campaign expense just as surely as the purchase of road signs and costs. printing, “the statement read.

Further, the complaint argues that Rosenblum failed to honor the city’s matching fund program contract and failed to disclose required items such as his employment, ownership, and potential rental property income.

“The bottom line is that Steve Rosenblum is not above the law. He is not above our campaign laws. He has to do what everyone else is doing, ”Cowles said.

By accepting the city’s taxpayer-funded matching funds, Rosenblum has committed to following Boulder’s campaign finance rules, which include limits on spending, Hummer noted.

“He had the option to turn down those matching funds and spend as much of his own wealth as he wanted on his campaign, but he didn’t take that option,” she said. “I don’t see why Boulder’s taxpayers should fund his campaign expenses if he doesn’t follow the rules he has agreed to follow when accepting those funds.”

Rosenblum did not respond to a request for comment at press time. His attorney Stan Garnett, the former Boulder County district attorney, said he had little to say about the resubmitted complaint because he had yet to see it.

However, Garnett and Rosenblum previously took issue with the idea that Garnett’s legal services could be considered a campaign expense.

In an interview when the initial complaint was filed, they argued that Garnett was representing Rosenblum in a personal capacity.

“I mean the context is what he went through as part of the city council race, but taking legal action is to protect his personal and professional reputation,” Garnett said at the time.

“It is not part of his campaign,” he added.

The city clerk’s office and the city attorney’s office will now review the information in the complaint. If the claims are found to be valid, the city will move forward with the official campaign funding complaint process, which could include a hearing.

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