The more than $215,000 spent in Broomfield City Council campaigning didn’t come without complaints.
Finance complaints were filed against two political committees and one candidate.
The first complaint was filed Oct. 21, when the Broomfield city and county clerk received an email about an unregistered political committee operating the website Mainstreetbroomfield.org. But because there was no way for the clerk’s office to identify the website’s creator and no evidence that contributions were accepted or spent, the clerk’s office couldn’t move forward with investigating it as a campaign finance violation, Broomfield’s Chief Communications Officer Carolyn Romero said in an email.
Another complaint was received that same day against the entity Lead Broomfield Better, for acting as an unregistered political committee stemming from an advertisement placed in the Broomfield Enterprise, Romero said. At the time of the complaint, the organization couldn’t be identified and the clerk’s office didn’t move forward with the complaint.
Lead Broomfield Better on Oct. 29 submitted its committee registration form and its report of contributions and expenditures.
“From those documents, it was determined that the organization did not reach the $200 contribution threshold triggering registration until Oct. 19, 2021,” Romero wrote. “Fair Campaign Practice statutes and the Secretary of State Campaign and Political Finance Manual indicate that committees must file within 10 days of the committee meeting the $200 contribution or expenditure threshold or within 10 days to report any change – which was the date it filed, Oct. 29, 2021.”
On Nov. 1, Neil Allaire filed a complaint against former mayoral candidate Kimberly Groom outlining 10 potential violations. He alleged Groom failed to report contributions in a timely or proper manner on seven different occasions, she failed to file a required major contribution report, failed to report the required donor information and failed to file required reports of contributions and expenditures in a timely manner, documents show.
“I politely request that you review these concerns and the attached supplemental materials,” Allaire, chairperson for the Broomfield County Democrats, wrote in the complaint form. “If deemed allowable, please enforce these alleged violations by levying the appropriate fines deemed in the Colorado Fair Practices Act … and Broomfield Municipal Code.”
Allaire filed a second complaint Friday against Groom’s committee for a major contribution report filed eight days late. Records show resident Steve Reynolds donated $5,000 to Groom’s campaign on Oct. 28, and the associated major contribution report was received by the city and county last Friday.
“This late filing is particularly troubling because the deadline that was missed was four days prior to Election Day,” Allaire’s second complaint reads. “A primary purpose of financial disclosure laws it to provide transparency for voters. This violation by the Groom 4 Broomfield Committee denied voters information that may have affected their voting decision.”
Romero said the city and county clerk notified Groom on Nov. 2 and Tuesday of the complaints, in accordance with the Broomfield Campaign Finance Guide. Groom has five days to respond to each complaint, and the city and county will then review the responses.
“Following review, the City and County Clerk will advise the Respondent of penalties, if applicable, and communicate back with the Respondent and Complainant,” Romero said.
To view the campaign finance filings, visit votebroomfield.com.