by Pam Zubeck
Outgoing City Councilor Angela Dougan did not commit an ethics violation, because the complaint didn't allege a violation of the Ethics Code, according to a ruling by the city's Independent Ethics Commission:
Here's the letter:
In response, Dougan issued a news release, which follows:
At its meeting yesterday, the Colorado Springs Independent Ethics Commission (IEC) unanimously confirmed that District 2 Councilmember Angela Dougan committed no violation of the city Ethics Code.
During the recent City Council election campaign, William Murray, also a District 2 candidate for City Council, accused Councilwoman Dougan of a conflict of interest for receiving a campaign contribution from a city cable franchisee.
The IEC reviewed the complaint today, and determined that the complaint did not allege a violation of the City Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics states that “[p]roviding that a gift could not be considered a bribe or a means of improper influence on a direct official action, no violation of this Code of Ethics shall be found to apply…[a] campaign contribution as defined by law.”
Councilwoman Dougan issued the following statement in response to the findings of the IEC, “Just as I said the day the complaint was filed publicly and in conflict with city procedures, I knew I would be cleared of these frivolous and politically motivated charges. I have been deeply committed to serving the constituents in District 2 with absolute integrity, honesty and the highest ethical standards. I have always properly disclosed campaign contributions. I’m grateful the IEC investigated this complaint and cleared me of all accusations.”