DENVER (AP) - Colorado election officials denied a petition from conservative group Citizens United to be exempt from financial reporting requirements for a documentary they're making about Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper in the lead-up to his re-election bid.
The Secretary of State's Office ruled Thursday that Citizens United cannot be considered news media that is exempt from campaign reporting requirements.
Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler is one of four candidates competing to run against Hickenlooper in November. Because of Gessler's candidacy, his deputy issued the ruling in the case.
The ruling says that the documentary Citizens United is making does not fit the reporting exemption, and also that the secretary's office has yet to see the film.