Hickenlooper faces ethics complaint over travel

Gov. John Hickenlooper arriving at the Bilderberg Group conference in Turin. (WeAreChange.org via YouTube)

Is John Hickenlooper the anointed next president chosen by people who secretly control the world? Or does he just enjoy hanging out with a brainy crowd?

The website WeAreChange.org calls the Colorado governor the “new Bilderberg Golden Boy” after he attended the private Bilderberg Group conference in Turin, Italy, last weekend. The website says its mission is to “expose the lies of governments and the corporate elite who constantly trash our humanity.”

The annual private Bilderberg gathering is a favorite target of those who deem it a secretive society hatching plots. It gets its name from the Hotel De Bilderberg in Oosterbeek, Netherlands, where the first conference was held in 1954.

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The website staked out the conference and caught video of Hickenlooper at the airport. The website’s reporters also questioned, “Vatican Taking Over Bilderberg?” with “breaking news” of spotting Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the secretary of state for the Vatican.

Below is a video posted on YouTube by WeAreChange showing what the group calls its “epic confrontation with new Bilderberg Golden Boy John Hickenlooper.”



The conference’s website in advance provided the names of the 131 North American and European leaders and intellectuals who were to attend. The Hickenlooper gotcha had already been gotten last week by Newsweek in an opinion piece by Charlie Skelton, who called the conference “the Super Bowl of corporate lobbying.”

Notably, however, Hickenlooper is the only invitee this year thought to be a presidential possibility, even though the Democratic governor says he has no plans to jump in the 2020 race.

Last year’s attendees included Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas and Trump loyalist considered a future GOP presidential candidate, as well as Wilbur Ross, Trump’s secretary of Commerce.

While Hickenlooper may or may not be the world elites’ Manchurian candidate, his invitation speaks to his rising national and international profile, if he were to seek higher office.

Colorado Politics asked him about the trip at a press conference Wednesday morning. He said he paid his own way, but he maintained it was not a signal he’s jumping in the race for president.

“Some of the smartest people that I know — academics, business leaders — go there to share ideas,” he said. “There’s nothing evil or sinister that I could see there.”

Hickenlooper said participants collect ideas they can take back to their businesses and governments.

“People were very interested in some of the things we’ve done in Colorado,” he said. “When we do those kinds of trips, whether it’s the East Coast or West Coast or when I go economic trips to Asia or India a year ago, it’s great to brag about Colorado.”

Peter Boyles broke the news in Denver on his radio show on 710 KNUS Monday morning.

“He came to kiss the ring,” Boyles said, then gigged the local media for not reporting on the trip.

“If you can’t figure out the Front Range media predicated on the governor of the state leaving like this mysterious leave — you don’t know where he is for four days — nobody says a GD thing, and you say, ‘OK, I’m going to believe them now.'”

Another Bilderberg invitee was Reid Hoffman, the co-founder of LinkedIn, who donated $1 million to help elect Democrat Mike Johnston as Hickenlooper’s successor this year. LinkedIn was a major player in Hickenlooper’s public-private jobs website called Skillful, along with the Merkle Foundation and Microsoft the past couple of years.

The list also included analyst Charlie Cook of the The Cook Political Report, Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum, American University president Sylvia M. Burwell, Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England and John Elkann, chairman of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

According to a press release from the Bilderberg Group sent out before the event, the topics to be discussed were:

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