Boulder Municipal Judge Jeff Cahn ruled former Boulder City Council candidate Steve Rosenblum should have reported the $362 he paid his legal team to help craft a news release regarding a lawsuit he filed against community members as a campaign expense.
Cahn already determined this in a Feb. 22 ruling. However, he had not specified an amount since Rosenblum and his legal team with Brownstein Hyatt Farber and Shreck initially did not provide details regarding his expenses with the firm.
The judge’s original ruling noted that Rosenblum and his team could voluntarily submit the redacted billing statements.
Boulder residents Mark McIntyre, Regina Cowles and Jane Hummer filed the campaign finance complaint, arguing Rosenblum exceeded the city’s expenditure limits when he sought legal assistance to research, prepare and file a lawsuit against the Boulder Progressives and a group of community members.
Rosenblum’s lawsuit, which was filed in the midst of his City Council candidacy in 2021, alleges a coordinated campaign against his candidacy as well as a coordinated effort to block endorsements. It also alleges that websites and social media accounts were set up using Rosenblum’s likeness without his permission.
Regarding the campaign finance complaint, aside from determining that Rosenblum should have reported any fees incurred for assistance he received from his legal team in crafting press releases about his lawsuit against community members, the judge rejected most of the other assertions.
Among them was a ruling that the campaign finance complaint filed against Rosenblum as a result of this lawsuit did not successfully demonstrate that he pursued litigation for the primary purpose of supporting his candidacy.
The case now will be remanded back to City Clerk Elesha Johnson, who has the final say over next steps.