Doug Bruce, TABOR author, convicted of tax evasion

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Douglas Bruce

DENVER — Anti-tax crusader and former Colorado state legislator Douglas Bruce was found guilty of tax evasion Wednesday for failing to pay income tax from 2005 through 2007.

Prosecutors say Bruce evaded his tax responsibilities by funneling his income through a non-profit that he created in 2001 called Active Citizens Together, and failing to report that income to the Department of Revenue.

He faces up to 6 years in prison and $500,000 in fines when he is sentenced on Feb. 13, 2012.

He must also surrender his US passport within 36 hours after prosecutors argued he is a flight risk.

Bruce authored the controversial Taxpayer Bill of Rights, or TABOR, a spending limit approved by Colorado voters in 1992

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.

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