Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Ethics Committee to Examine 'Vote Buying" Connected to May Replacement

A legislative ethics committee will investigate accusations that a lobbyist attempted to buy votes for one of the contenders to replace Rep. Mike May, R-Parker, as minority leader, according to a report in today's Rocky Mountain News.

The report, by the Rocky's statehouse reporter Ed Sealover, says that a professional association allegedly offered a campaign contribution in exchange for a vote for Rep. David Balmer, R-Centennial, as the new minority leader.

Sealover's article says that Balmer denied knowledge of any vote-buying effort.

It also explains that two separate ethics investigations are planned, one of a lobbyist and another of a House member.