Twenty-five days before voting for a controversial payday lending bill last year, then-state Rep. Ron Sailor Jr. accepted tens of thousands of dollars from a lobbyist pushing the bill.
Sailor, who resigned last week after admitting to money laundering, received at least $80,000 in February 2007 from a company controlled by retired Denver Broncos football player Willie A. Green.
Green, a registered lobbyist for payday lending interests, said through his attorney Monday that the transaction was unrelated to the lending bill.
I believe the bill failed. Had it passed, I wonder if this revelation would have called into question the legitimacy of the bill. Or did it pass? If so, should we revisit it?