Hickenlooper: "No Pay for Play" in State Board Appointment

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - While in Grand Junction Friday, Governor John Hickenlooper took time to clear the air over a new appointment he made to a state board, after it was learned the appointee contributed hundreds of dollars to his campaign fund.

According to the Colorado Secretary of State's website, W. Perry Pearce gave "Hickenlooper for Colorado" $1,100 on June 20.

Friday, the Governor's office announced that Pearce had been selected to serve on the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

Hickenlooper says he only learned about the campaign contribution Friday afternoon, and had he known about it, he "probably would have taken him off the list, just to remove even the appearance of impropriety."

"We've never operated that way, we never would operate that way," said Hickenlooper. "Saying that he paid to play, all I can do is assure you that nothing is further from the truth."

In addition to Pearce, Hickenlooper appointed three other new members to the COGCC, which issues natural gas drilling permits. Two of its current members were reappointed.

The complete list is as follows:

-Mayor Tommy Holton, Fort Lupton (local government official)
-John Benton, Littleton (oil and gas industry expert)
-W. Perry Pearce, Denver (oil and gas industry expert)
-Andrew Lawrence Spielman, Denver (environmental / wildlife expert)
-Thomas Compton, Hesperus -- reappointed (royalty owner)
-Richard Alward, Grand Junction -- reappointed (soil conservation expert)


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