Democrats have a terrible habit of defending broken programs and throwing good money after bad. So it should come as no surprise that after Colorado’s Independent Ethics Commission received an audit that asserted it is essentially useless, the Democrats drafted a bill to give it (you guessed it!) more funding.
House Bill 1216, sponsored by Denver Democrat Beth McCann, was not even supported by the IEC’s chairman and only passed out of the House Judiciary Committee on a party line vote. But shouldn’t someone be trying to figure out how we can just get rid of the commission if it’s this ineffective? And is it even truly independent if it relies on public money to function?
The courts are at the public’s disposal. There are also plenty of outside watchdog groups keeping the microscope on our public officials – to say nothing of the mainstream media who revel in exposing government corruption and ethical violations.
This isn’t even the first time the IEC has come under fire. In the past, it has been accused of being a vehicle for frivolous complaints whose sole purpose is to garner negative headlines.
The commission was created as part of Amendment 41, which was the poorly-worded brainchild of U.S. Rep. Jared Polis. The measure was riddled with unintended consequences in its early years and it appears those are still being ironed out today.