Background: Hickenlooper’s Issues With Transparency
John Hickenlooper Claims To Value Transparency And Accountability, But His Track Record
1.John Hickenlooper Claims That The Media Should Be “Protecting” Him From A Colorado Independent Ethics Commission Investigation
In an interview with Denver Channel 9 Next With Kyle Clark on the ethics investigation into gifts and trips that John Hickenlooper accepted, the former governor exclaimed, “[the media] should be protecting me on stuff like this!”
2. VIDEO: Hickenlooper Calls Himself “A Believer In Transparency” And Says It Should Be An Obligation For Anyone Seeking Office.
QUESTION: “So let’s talk tax returns. There’s a big fight on Capitol Hill about President Trump’s tax returns, but at the same time Bernie Sanders who is now a millionaire says ‘I’m going to release mine.’ Why release, why not release?” HICKENLOOPER: “You know, I’m a believer in transparency, that everyone should release, we’ll release our tax returns. I mean, if you’re going to be in a leadership position in this country, transparency should be a responsibility, an obligation. It should be the rule.”
3. In 2013, Hickenlooper Got In Hot Water For Comments Suggesting Government Transparency Laws Are Bad.
Hickenlooper on Friday told a Time reporter during the National Governors Association meeting in Milwaukee that well-intentioned initiatives for government transparency have made government and lawmakers less effective. “We elect these people to make these difficult decisions, but now they are in the full light of video every time they make a decision,” Hickenlooper said. “We elected these people, let them go back into a room like they always did.”–Denver Post (August 7, 2013)