All Good Friends – or is that ‘Fellas?’

This scandal is nothing new has a piece about the Larimer County GOP Facing $200,000 in Fines:

Carillo was first elected Chairman of the Larimer County Republican Party in 2009; he resigned on February 28 after other party leaders noticed a bunch of unpaid bills and other more problematic findings. The bigger problem, where campaign finance law is concerned, is that the Larimer GOP apparently didn’t file any campaign finance reports in 2010.

The Larimer County GOP is looking at at least $65,000 in fines for not filing reports in 2010, but that number is continuing to rise. They’re still facing $50 per day late fees because they admitted that the report they finally filed in March of this year was inaccurate, and because some contributions from more than two years ago were not reported, fines could reach $216,000. But fortunately for them, there are two big-name Republicans in charge of the criminal case and the campaign finance problems. (read the rest)

Yep, the Coloradoan had an article about it. blog did too – three months ago:

Unfortunately, Republican party regulars who attended the February 12, Central Committee meeting were unaware of the party’s growing financial crisis and re-elected Larry Carillo as Chairman of the Larimer County Republican Party. Gary Marison, Devon Lentz, Arlene Shiffman, Debbie Healy and Rudy Zitti (all members of the Executive Committee) failed to disclose to the hundreds of Central Committee members assembled at the meeting the growing financial and regulatory crises in their party organization apparently to allow for a smooth re-election of Carillo and to avoid any bad press. (read the rest)

And here’s the kicker… Scott Gessler is now working to get those fines lowered. Gotta. Love. That.

  5 comments for “All Good Friends – or is that ‘Fellas?’

  1. July 3, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    These two paragraphs from the Ft. Collins Coloradoan tell you everything you need to know how this story will end. Buck will decide there is nothing criminal and Gessler will let them off the hook with a financial slap on the wrist. Republican, thy name (and everything else about you) is corrupt.

    The Larimer County GOP is seeking a reduction in those fines, and Secretary of State Scott Gessler‘s office has said it will wait to determine the final fine amount until the party filed its amended campaign finance reports and until a prosecutor decided on whether to file criminal charges in the case.

    Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck was named special prosecutor in the case after the District Attorney for Larimer County, Larry Abrahamson, recused himself because he had contributed to the county GOP. Buck’s office only will say the investigation is ongoing.

  2. July 3, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    And this one from the Coloradoan on March 8th is a real gem:

    The then-chairman, Larry Carillo, said he didn’t open the certified letters because he suspected the contents – notification from the secretary of state that the party hadn’t filed reports required by law to let the public know who was donating to the county GOP, and how the party was spending its money.

  3. July 9, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Fort Collins police issued a warrant for Carillo’s arrest Tuesday. A 17-page affidavit accuses him of taking $17,696.34 from the party and using it to cover his cable and phone bills as well as gambling debts. Former Larimer County Republican Party chairman Larry Carillo, accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the party, surrendered to Glendale police Thursday night.

    The Denver Post says he’s “cooperating.” I wonder what skeletons he’s threatening to expose.

    With Gessler and Buck on this case, a whitewash is virtually inevitable.

  4. July 9, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Well they won’t stay hidden long, it’s been months since the crime and I’m sure there’s lots of evidence waiting to be found.

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