DENVER — Donors covered more than $5,800 in international travel expenses for Gov. Bill Owens’ visits to Moscow in July and Honduras in August.
Owens disclosed those items in a report of gifts and honoraria he filed with the Secretary of State’s Office last week.
The latest quarterly gift-disclosure reports from Colorado’s elected state government officials, including legislators, were due Monday.
A sampling of the reports available online as of Tuesday afternoon included a number of items that officeholders could no longer accept if voters approve Amendment 41, the gifts-restriction measure on this fall’s Colorado election ballot.
Amendment 41 would prohibit officeholders and many government employees, for example, from taking certain privately subsidized trips such as Owens has reported, as well as the tickets to various sporting and entertainment events he and state lawmakers commonly accept.
“When money is being spent on gifts, the industries who are spending that money are getting a level of access that other groups don’t have,” said Jenny Flanagan of Colorado Common Cause, one of the organizations backing Amendment 41.
But Katy Atkinson, a spokeswoman for the “No on 41” coalition, said the constitutional amendment’s prohibitions would extend to many local and state government employees and their families.
“You can stop governors from going on trips, if that’s your goal, without hurting people who are just working hard to support their families,” Atkinson said.