by Chet Hardin
Charges are being considered over a campaign ad by U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, in his primary race for the 5th Congressional District against Robert Blaha.
The Gazette is reporting:
The Pueblo District Attorney’s office has been appointed to investigate a formal complaint that a political ad by Congressman Doug Lamborn’s campaign broke the law when it criticized a bank co-founded by Lamborn’s political opponent.
Bill Thiebaut, the 10th Judicial District Attorney, was handed the case by the Colorado District Attorney’s Council. That was after a formal written complaint was dropped off at the Colorado Springs office of District Attorney Dan May, of the Fourth Judicial District.
May had to recuse himself, the article continues, due to his previous support for Lamborn.
As we first reported, the law that was allegedly broken has to do with what you can't say about state banks.
Unlike candidates — who, as we report on today, are pretty much fair game, Sec. 11-102-508 of Colorado Revised Statute makes false and damaging statements about a bank a potential Class 2 misdemeanor:
Any person who willfully makes, circulates, or transmits to another any false statement, written or oral, that is directly or by inference derogatory to the financial condition of any state bank and that results in an extraordinary withdrawal of funds from such bank or that results in impairing public confidence in such bank and any person who shall counsel, aid, procure, or induce another to start, transmit, or circulate any such statement knowing the statement to be false commits a class 2 misdemeanor and shall be punished as provided in section 18-1.3-501, C.R.S.