CO GOP governor candidate fined $27K

From ColoradoForEthics.org

Maes admits breaking law on campaign finance

By Charles Ashby, Grand Junction Sentinel,

July 5, 2010

Republican gubernatorial contender Dan Maes is expected to be ordered to pay what could be the largest campaign finance fine ever levied against a candidate by the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office.

In response to a complaint filed with the state by a Grand Valley voter, the Evergreen businessman has admitted to numerous campaign finance violations and agreed to pay nearly $27,000 in fines, according to his campaign’s response to a complaint filed last month by Grand Junction resident Christopher Klitzke. He could be ordered to pay the fines as early as today.

The complaint said Maes had improperly reimbursed thousands of dollars to himself for mileage expenses over the past year, had failed to note occupations on some donations, and received an illegal contribution from at least one corporation, said Klitzke’s lawyer, Grand Junction attorney Erik Grove.

See the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel for the rest


What? Another GOP politician caught doing something dirty?

I thought these were the people with ‘the moral compass’ – must be a lot of magnetite in the soil out in western CO.

  1 comment for “CO GOP governor candidate fined $27K

  1. July 9, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    On July 7th, The Denver Post reported that Maes raised a total of $118,900 through May. His fine amounts to 23% of his fundraising. And he paid himself $42,000 for mileage. That’s 35%. There’s “pay to play” but this looks more like “play to pay”!

    He was willing to pay perhaps the largest campaign law violation fine in history. This sounds like “plea bargaining” campaign law.
    Had he fought these fines, what might have been uncovered?

    And some people want this man to have power over the state’s finances!

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