Hickenlooper’s Advisers Recommended Axing Legislation Donors Didn’t Like

August 7, 2014 12:00 AM

Hickenlooper’s Advisers Recommended Axing Legislation Donors Didn’t Like
" DENVER (CBS4) - Advisers to John Hickenlooper urged the governor to kill a potential bill donors didn’t like — one that would raise salaries for sheriffs and the governor’s office — because it would have political ramifications.

Hickenlooper’s admission to Colorado sheriffs was captured on video in June at an Aspen conference of sheriffs and released on Tuesday on the conservative website Revealing Politics. In the video, Hickenlooper said some donors didn’t want pay raises for some government workers.

The governor said he didn’t dislike the bill, which would have awarded raises to the governor, secretary of state, attorney general and county sheriffs, but told sheriffs that because it was an election year, his office felt pressured.

“In my group of people, they were in a tizzy,” Hickenlooper said. “Part of who called into my senior staff were these large donors.

“And they’re out there busting their butts trying to call people and raise money and they think I’m signing something like that. Now, I’m not defending. I’m just saying that we got calls from very successful business people saying, ‘Don’t you go near signing something like that in an election year.’ “

In the end, Hickenlooper didn’t have to. The legislature never introduced the bill "

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