Jul 11, 2011 7:01 PM by Greg Boyce
DENVER (AP) - Tax basher Douglas Bruce is wasting no time fighting tax-evasion charges, telling reporters that the case against him is a "piece of crap" and that he's being targeted because he's a vocal critic of government spending. A Denver judge entered a not guilty plea on behalf of Bruce, the father of Colorado's Taxpayer Bill of Rights.
Bruce is accused of tax evasion for allegedly failing to report money that went to a nonprofit group fighting government spending. Prosecutors say the group he established earned some $178,000 in interest between 2005 and 2007 but did not pay taxes on that interest.
Last month Bruce had his arraignment postponed so he could review the evidence against him. If convicted, Bruce faces a fine up to $500,000 or possible jail time.