BACKGROUND: Hickenlooper’s hypocrisy on financial disclosures
John Hickenlooper has continued to avoid transparency of his personal finances as he’s made his way from the presidential campaign trail to the senate.
Here’s a statement from Colorado Rising PAC Communications Director Lindsey Singer:
“Hickenlooper needs to answer to voters. What doesn’t he want us to know about his financial records, and is it at all connected to the ongoing ethics investigations into his travel?”
Hickenlooper’s financial (lack of) disclosure background:
In September 2019, Hickenlooper requested an extension for his personal financial disclosure that he is required to submit as a Senate candidate.
- One day before the September 21st deadline, Hickenlooper requested an extension for filing the annual Public Financial Disclosure (PFD) report. “Pursuant to section 101(g) of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, as amended, a 90-day extension was granted and the new due date for the report is no later than December 20,2019.”
While running for President, Hickenlooper filed two extensions to submit his financial disclosure, and then dropped out of the race the day the report was due.
- In May 2019, Hickenlopper was granted a 45-Day extension on the deadline to submit his financial disclosure that he was required to file as a presidential candidate. The new deadline for submitting was July 1, 2019.
- On June 24, 2019, Hickenlooper requested a second extension, citing his frequent travel and need to prepare for the presidential debate as the reason for the delay. The Federal Election Commission granted his second request, making the new due date August 15, 2019.
- Hickenlooper dropped out of the presidential race on August 15th, the day he would have been required to file a personal financial disclosure report.
Hickenlooper has previously claimed transparency is an obligation for those who want a leadership position.
VIDEO: On April 10, 2019, Hickenlooper called himself a “believer in transparency” and said releasing financial information should be an obligation for anyone seeking office
“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 a rule.”
HICKENLOOPER HAS A HISTORY OF AVOIDING TRANSPARENCY REGARDING HIS PERSONAL FINANCES
When Hickenlooper made his tax returns available to reporters in 2010, he released only top line information with no details regarding sources of income and charitable contributions.