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Doug Bruce, TABOR author, convicted of tax evasion

DENVER -- Douglas Bruce, the infamous anti-tax crusader and author of Colorado's Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, was found guilty of tax evasion Wednesday for failing to pay income tax from 2005 through 2007.

Throughout his trial, prosecutors argued that 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.

Bruce, who represented himself at trial, faces up to 6 years in prison -- taxpayers, ironically, will foot the bill -- and $500,000 in fines when he is sentenced on Feb. 13, 2012.

Bruce 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, an amendment approved by Colorado voters in 1992 that preventts 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.



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