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Anti-tax crusader Doug Bruce reports to jail; jokes with reporters

DENVER – Former state lawmaker Douglas Bruce -the author of Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights- reported to jail Friday to serve a 180-day sentence for tax evasion.

“Obviously I don’t belong in jail,” Bruce, 62, told reporters just before he was locked up. “But I will go here and I will submit to the superior forces of government. They have control of my body…but they aren’t ever going to have control of my soul.”

A jury found that Bruce evaded his tax responsibilities by funneling his income through a non-profit that he created in 2001 called Active Citizens Together, and failed to report that income to the Department of Revenue for three years.

Bruce authored the controversial Taxpayer Bill of Rights, or TABOR, an amendment approved by Colorado voters in 1992 that prevents the state from raising taxes without a public vote.

In 2008, he made headlines for kicking a photographer on the floor of the House of Representatives and calling migrant workers “illiterate peasants.”

Bruce lost his seat in the Colorado House of Representatives that same year after failing to win the Republican primary.