“All told, Denver’s elected officials only reported getting 296 gifts from January until June of this year. It’s not a lot, which makes each little detail all the more interesting.
Like if you’re going to take Mayor Michael Hancock out for a meal, better make it a steakhouse. He reported going to Ocean Prime the most, five times, and going to STK Denver three times in his gift report.
Or if you’re Councilman Rafael Espinoza, one detail, one single reported gift, can make the value of all your gifts over 100 times bigger than every other elected official. Let me explain in this chart of the week.
So, this is the first time that Denver’s elected officials filed gift reports after a rule change this year. Essentially, the new rules made it so city officials report their gifts bi-annually and in more detail. Multiple officials noted this change as a source of confusion.
That meant that some elected officials reported as little as $59 in gifts over the past six months and some reported much more. Here’s the breakdown:”
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Arellano, Megan. Denverite 13 September 2017.