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James O’Keefe Not Helping Scott Gessler

by Colorado Pols
Wed May 16, 2012 at 15:16:39 PM MDT

Yesterday, right-wing news site Breitbart.com released a new video from conservative “gotcha” artist James O’Keefe, purportedly showing how easy it is for “non-citizens” to vote:

In the video, William Romero, an apparent non-citizen, is shown to be registered to vote in North Carolina. According to jury refusal records obtained by Project Veritas, Romero was recused for being a non-citizen. Yet when a researcher from Project Veritas went into the polling station, he found that not only was Romero still on the voting rolls but  the poll workers were also more than willing to give him Romero’s ballot.The video finds that another alleged non-citizen in Durham County, North Carolina, was on the voter rolls–and apparently voted in 2008 and 2010–even though he had been categorized as “code 7” in jury recusal forms, which means he had been excused as a non-citizen.

In another crucial swing state, Florida, elections officials fear as many as 180,000 non-citizens may be registered to vote. In Colorado, during the 2010 midterm elections, 5,000 non-citizens may have voted…

As you know, we (and others) have repeatedly debunked this persistent claim that “5,000 noncitizens may have voted” in the 2010 elections in Colorado. The claim originates with Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler, who used this figure in congressional testimony, but it doesn’t stand up to even casual scrutiny. As we noted and local media outlets realized last year, over thirty thousand Colorado residents became citizens during the period Gessler “analyzed,” enough to easily account for the 5,000 “noncitizens” who “may” have voted in 2010.

As liberal blog Think Progress reports, O’Keefe appears to have made exactly the same error.

Read the rest at ColoradoPols.com

Gessler's critics closing in

Truth is closing in on Gessler's lack of proof.

Gessler’s been at this scam for some time – at least since early 2010 – and he’s got a lot of Old Guard money in his pocket so this, to me, sure looks like what they want.

Scott Gessler agrees with Kaye Fissinger

Scott GesslerScott Gessler agrees with Kaye Fissinger.  Bet that got your attention.  He didn’t do it on purpose, of course.  It simply served his partisan objective, at least this time.

What in the world could I be talking about, you ask.

As might be recalled, not long ago I pressed the point that non-partisan elections simply mean that political parties and their registered voters do not determine candidates in a primary for a general election against candidates from competing political parties. I stressed that it does not mean that candidates have no political affiliation or that they don’t bring ideological affinities to a non-partisan office.

Some sought to take issue what that description, insisting that they and their favored candidates were pure as the driven snow.  (And we know how long snow remains pure after it has been driven.)  And that they (in our case, city council/mayor candidates) are blank political slates on which each issue begins to write anew.

Along comes Scott Gessler, Colorado Secretary of State, to say, “Uh, no.  That’s not the way it works.”

Douglas County has a hot school board race.  Hot because it is sharply divided between pro-voucher candidates and anti-voucher candidates.  It’s a fight to see who will control the school board going forward.  Douglas County School District is being sued by Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union over its voucher plan that would provide substantial school tuition assistance for students to attend religious schools and/or to attend schools outside the normal district boundaries.  The Douglas Country voucher program is currently under court injunction preventing the program from going forward.

School board challenger Susan Meek filed a complaint with Gessler’s office claiming her opponent Craig Richardson along with Justin Green Williams and Kevin Larsen, are running as a Republican Party slate.  She contends that this is a legal violation because the races are non-partisan.  Meek used as evidence fliers that proclaim her opponents as the Douglas County Republican Party’s choices for the school board.

After scratching their collective head for awhile, Gessler’s office found that the statute calling for nonpartisan school board elections applies to how candidates file for office, not how the campaign for it.  A candidate cannot file for the school board as a Republican or Democrat, but he or she can run as one.

Scott Gessler is a Republican who ran for the office of Secretary of State in a partisan election.  The three pro-voucher candidates are incumbents who have the largest campaign war chests funded by longtime school-reform and Republican activists.  Meek and three challengers oppose vouchers.  The pro-voucher candidates are predictably using smoke and mirrors to camouflage their pro-voucher stands, preferring instead to use the standard Republican whipping boy – unions.  (Big bad bogeymen.  Can’t have that.)

So the upshot of this is that Fissinger (that’s me) was right and the Republican Golden Boy Scott Gessler says so.  Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Tell Scott Gessler: Serve Colorado or resign!

Scott Gessler

Scott Gessler - does he need a new day job?

Before his election last November as Secretary of State, Scott Gessler was a partner in one of Colorado’s most politically connected law firms. He represented some of the state’s most controversial right wing political groups and candidates. Some of Gessler’s clients have been disgraced by campaign finance disclosure complaints, allegations of unlawful false statements against their opponents, and other alleged election law violations.

Despite Gessler’s record, he promised on the campaign trail last year that he would set aside his past associations, and serve the state of Colorado without the conflicts of interest that would seem obvious given his history. But today, The Denver Post reports that Gessler wants to remain employed part time by his old law firm while he serves as Secretary of State.

Colorado’s Secretary of State, the state’s chief elections official, moonlighting at a law firm that specializes in elections? This is completely unacceptable. Sign our petition now, demanding that Gessler immediately abandon this absurd plan. And if he can’t, Gessler should immediately resign his position as Secretary of State.

Take action here.

Scott Gessler: By the company he keeps

Scott Gessler, Republican candidate for Colorado Secretary of State

Scott Gessler, Republican candidate for Colorado Secretary of State

Scott Gessler, the Republican Party’s ever-so-slick choice to run for Secretary of State this November has a dossier that only an authoritarian father-party could love.

While moaning and groaning, ranting and raving, over the influence of soft (527) money, he is up to his neck inside these organizations.

The 527 designation applies to political organizations that have tax-exempt status under section 527 of the Internal Revenue Service code.  They are organized and operated “primarily for the purpose of directly or indirectly accepting contributions or making expenditures” with the intent of influencing the “selection, nomination, election, or appointment of any individual to Federal, State, or local public office or office in a political organization, or the election of Presidential electors.”

Gessler’s group, Coloradans for Change is a 527 that took at least one massive donation of $125,000 from the Senate Majority Fund and another donation of $100,872 from the Colorado Leadership Fund.  Both groups were defendants in a lawsuit by Colorado Ethics Watch for sponsoring unethical campaign ads and skirting campaign finance laws.

Money, however, appears to flow both ways with some of these 527s.  On two occasions funds flowed from Coloradans for Change to the Colorado Leadership Fund, in one instance for $46,125.  Might this be a case of “political money laundering” or are we merely talking about political incest?  And where Scott Gessler is concerned, there’s certainly a lot of the latter going on.

Gessler is also the man behind the curtain for Colorado Conservative Voters, a 527 whose purpose is “to education Colorado citizens about issues, officeholders, and political candidates that further conservative values.”

And if all this 527 hypocrisy isn’t enough, he’s rubbing questionable elbows with a guy named Scott Shires, also connected to Coloradans for Change and the Senate Majority Fund.

Shires, along with Scott Gessler, is also listed as Western Tradition Partnership’s registered agent.  Western Tradition Partnership is registered with the IRS as a nonprofit 501c4. According to Luis Toro, general counsel for Colorado Ethics Watch, these nonprofit groups have come to replace 527 organizations as the favored shell for political contributions.  They became popular after 527s faced greater disclosure requirements at the state and national level.

Gessler joined this shell game with Western Skies Coalition and Coloradans for Economic Growth, both of which have had complaints filed with the IRS presenting evidence that these organizations might have spent more of their total resources on actions that influence elections in Colorado rather than on social welfare activities, in violation of their federal tax-exempt status.

Shires, the Republican operative and front man for many 527s, has a history of violating campaign reporting regulations.  Shires has also been indicted on an alleged money laundering scheme to hide an illegal gambling operation.

Scott Shires is behind yet another 527, the Colorado League of Taxpayers who attacked Longmont council candidate Richard Juday in a January 2008 mailer.  A similar event occurred in Garfield County.  Colorado Ethics Watch sued Shires for campaign violations in that case and he was fined in excess of $7,000.

So these two “Scotts” are joined at the political hips.  Both Republican operatives.  Both of whom appear to have never met an election law for which they didn’t have contempt.

Flying further under the radar are Gessler’s other political bedfellows.  He’s allied with Coalition for a Conservative Majority (founded by Tom DeLay, who has been indicted on felony conspiracy and money-laundering charges) and he is a frequent “guest” at rightwing reactionary groups, such as the Tea Party.

Scott Gessler has the political gall to think we should make him Colorado’s next Secretary of State, the position that guarantees the security and legitimacy of our elections.   No way, Mr. Gessler.  You aren’t qualified.  It’s a matter of trust.  It’s a matter of common sense.  It’s a matter of integrity.

Scott Gessler’s Fundraising Black Hole

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Colorado Pols
Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 13:44:30 PM MST

Scott Gessler, Republican candidate for Colorado Secretary of State

Scott Gessler, GOP candidate for Colorado Secretary of State

You can say this about Scott Gessler, the Republican candidate for Secretary of State: At least he isn’t running for State Treasurer.

We’ve wondered about Gessler and his bizarre spending habits ever since he first entered the race for Secretary of State last year. If you haven’t been following the story, through the first three quarters of 2009 Gessler managed to spend an incredible 82% of the money he raised.

Gessler’s Q4 campaign finance report shows that he raised $19,618 in the last three months of 2009, but he also spent $19,374. You read that correctly — Gessler netted just $244 in three months.

All told, Gessler has now raised $86,799 for his campaign and spent $74,567. He has only $12,231 in the bank after spending a whopping 86% of the money he has raised.

For comparison’s sake, Democrat Bernie Buescher has raised $92,921 and spent $27,877 (just 30% of the total), leaving him with $65,043 cash on hand.

Folks, we’ve never seen a legitimate candidate with a burn rate like Gessler’s. It makes you wonder how Gessler is going to continue to solicit money when donors start to realize that he’s just pissing it all away, because if Gessler can’t save enough money to advertise on television next fall, there is absolutely no way he can unseat Buescher. Donate now to Scott Gessler — for every $10 you send, almost $2 will go towards winning the election!

This kind of fiscal irresponsibility is bad enough for a candidate for statewide office, but wait, there’s more! On the same day that he filed his Q4 finance report, he sent an email blast to supporters that, well, you just have to read it yourself. Click below to find out how electing Gessler will bring Democracy to the Middle East, or something.

Read the rest at ColoradoPols.com

Gessler – the best investment the CO GOP ever made

From the Colorado Independent:

Gessler will help raise funds to pay fine he levied against Larimer GOP
‘It makes a mockery out of the process’ —CO Ethics Watch

By Scot Kersgaard | 09.09.11 | 5:16 pm

Alfred E. Neuman meet Scott Gessler. In another missive from the “You just can’t make this stuff up department,” it’s been announced that Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler will be the key attraction at a fundraiser this month to help the Larimer County Republican Party raise money to pay off fines levied by Gessler’s office.

Scott Gessler

Scott Gessler - Best investment the CO GOP ever made

This latest news comes as no surprise – the CO GOP knows exactly why they worked so hard to get Gessler elected, and the investment’s paid off handsomely.

It’s almost as good as starting lawsuits with the city, then getting your good ole boys elected, then quickly settling the suits. All that was left to do was fire up some stogies and enjoy a vigorous round of back-slapping and laughing at the taxpayer’s expense.

We’ve been following this story for some time and Gessler’s behavior has been very consistent. Unethical and abominable but consistent.

Gessler exceeds his authority

From Ethics Watch:

Jun 10, 2011

Common Cause and Ethics Watch File Complaint Against Secretary of State Gessler

Scott Gessler, Republican candidate for Colorado Secretary of State

Scott Gessler (R) Colorado Secretary of State - shows questionable ethics - again.

Late yesterday, Colorado Common Cause and Colorado Ethics Watch filed a complaint in Denver District Court against Secretary of State Scott Gessler that claims Gessler unlawfully weakened Colorado campaign finance laws through the Secretary of State’s rulemaking process. The Secretary of State does not have authority to change state law, and therefore Common Cause and Ethics Watch have asked the court to invalidate the Secretary of State’s rule.


After receiving comments in opposition to the new Campaign and Political Finance Rule 4.27, which “increases the contribution and expenditure threshold that triggers the requirement for an issue committee to register and file disclosure reports,” Secretary Gessler issued a notice of adoption of the rule on May 13.  The rule raises the threshold from $200, as defined in the Colorado Constitution, to $5000.  In addition, the rule eliminates the requirement to disclose any information about the first $5,000 of contributions and expenditures by an issue committee. The Court of Appeals has already held that the Secretary of State has no authority to promulgate rules that add, modify or conflict with constitutional provisions.

Read the rest at Ethics Watch including the complaint.

If it’s not agonizingly obvious to people by now that our SOS is a GOP SOB and intends to leave our elections AFU and the Dems SOL then you’re not paying attention.

At the Longmont City Council meeting on May 3, 2011, Mayor Baum and Council Members, Santos, Sammoury and Witt aligned themselves with Scott Gessler to set the reporting threshold for Longmont ballot issues at $5,000 – which is ridiculous.

The GOP in Colorado intends to win all of the next several elections, regardless of the cost – and why not, they have the Western Traditions Partners standing by to shovel money into any campaign they designate. They’ll be cranking out nasty mailers, godawful radio spots and very likely television ads all with the intent of taking every single elected seat they can – and then the real fun will start.

The recent vote on Longmont’s Affordable Housing program was an obvious shot-across-the-bow and is no doubt the first of many such attacks on programs to support the least of us. The far right extremists in Longmont have made their unchristian disdain for the people at the bottom of the economic scale very clear. With Gessler’s help they’ll make certain that their revenge goes as deep and as wide as possible.

Gessler’s shills don’t get it

Scott Gessler

Cut taxes but give me a raise - HUH?

FreeRangeLongmont.com came to be due to the loud and unhinged rantings of the rabid right lunatic fringers in Longmont. There are those on the very edge of that fragmented and foolish fringe who think they can dismiss Longmont’s Progressive community with lies and name-calling. I’m sad to inform these deluded folks that high school was over a long time ago and crying that you’re being bullied just doesn’t work like it did back when (especially since you probably weren’t and were just being a loud-mouthed brat… apparently some things never change).

Gessler’s supporters keep pushing the meme that he wasn’t asking for anything unusual when in truth it’s a direct and obvious conflict of interest for someone that runs the elections in Colorado to be involved in cases about election law.

Now these stalwart tax-cutters are trying to claim that government employees aren’t paid enough – say what? This from the Grover Norquist school of ‘drag government into the bathroom and drown it in the tub’? Wouldn’t increasing salaries for elected officials increase the ‘size’ of government – especially since their mighty teabagging hero Dan Maes claimed he’d ‘walk in the door and start firing people.’ Now they’re arguing for raises? I’ve never failed to be astounded at how the far-right can turn any conversation on a dime and claim there’s no hypocrisy. In this case they’re failing epicly.

I do agree, however, that this debacle has opened the door for a healthy discussion about pay levels for elected officials. Here’s a concept:

How about all the teabagger candidates showing their resolution to ‘cut taxes’ by taking a voluntary 10% pay cut?

Any takers? I bet there won’t be – the tea party is all talk and all of that is bullshit.

‘Tasteless’ mailer complaint linked to Gessler

Scott Gessler, Republican candidate for Colorado Secretary of State

Scott Gessler (R) Colorado Secretary of State -elect may be regretting his WTP ties.

From Colorado Ethics Watch:
Schwartz, Ethics Watch eye SOS complaint for mailers from group linked to Gessler

‘Some of my clients are occasionally accused of violating Colorado’s reporting requirements. I represent them …’

By David O. Williams, The Colorado Independent,
November 22, 2010

State Sen. Gail Schwartz and a campaign watchdog group are weighing a formal complaint against a 527 political group linked to Secretary of State-elect Scott Gessler, alleging the group failed to properly disclose a mailer deemed the “most tasteless” of this month’s election.

Schwartz, a Democrat, said late last week she still hasn’t determined whether to file a formal complaint with current Secretary of State Bernie Buescher’s office regarding the mailers sent out by Western Tradition Partnership (WTP) depicting her as Donald Trump. But she said she will pursue tougher disclosure laws in the next legislative session. For the full story, please visit The Colorado Independent.

Update 11/24/2010 (Hi Bob Moore!)ColoradoPols has more

SOS-elect Gessler dubbed ‘real activist in support of voter suppression’

Scott GesslerBy David O. Williams, The Colorado Independent,

November 23, 2010

Progressive election reform advocates and campaign watchdog groups are leery of Republican attorney Scott Gessler’s agenda as Colorado’s secretary of state elect. Observers cite a variety of reasons to be concerned about what changes he’ll try to make over the next few years.

“It’s clear that there was an effort to put somebody into this seat who is going to be a real activist in support of corporate secret funding of elections and voter suppression,” Luis Toro, director of Colorado Ethics Watch, told the Colorado Independen For the full story, please visit http://coloradoindependent.com/68221/sos-elect-gessler-dubbed-real-activist…

Gessler’s car wreck

Scott Gessler - car wreck waiting to happen

Colorado Ethics Watch has this:

Complaint against Buescher dismissed
By Charles Ashby, The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel,
October 12, 2010

While a complaint against Secretary of State Bernie Buescher has been dismissed, a new one has risen against his opponent.

Late last month, Republican attorney Robert McGuire filed a complaint against Buescher on behalf of Nickellette Bigham-Gullette, a former GOP candidate for Adams County Clerk. In it he said Buescher used his executive assistant in the Secretary of State’s Office to schedule campaign events and misused the state seal.

Full story at the Grand Junction Sentinel

Good quote from Buescher:

“This complaint is an extreme example of politics at its worst,” Buescher said in a statement Tuesday. “Voters deserve better than these slash and burn tactics that aren’t even grounded in reality. As the state grapples with economic challenges and reduced spending, these complaints only tie up the judicial system and lead to government waste.”

So the tax-and-waste-fighting ‘heroes’ are actually causing waste and tying up the judicial system.

Golly. You’d think our local accountability czar would be all over that.


Not so much.

In fact while he went to great lengths to excoriate Jack Pommer over $40K in late filing fees, calling into question his honesty, etc, etc, blah blah blah, yap yap yap… apparently he didn’t think $500K in fines owed for three years merited his keen accountability reporting skills.

Yep, $500,000* in fees owed to the state. For three years. What group could be that skeevy? Who other than the Independent Automobile Dealers Association of Colorado. That irony is so thick you could cut it with a complimentary window scraper.

Ellen Dumm, executive director of Campaign for a Strong Colorado had this to say about Gessler:

“Gessler failed to meet basic deadlines and (represents) a committee that is more than two years overdue,” she said. “Gessler in the Secretary of State’s office would be like a fox guarding the henhouse.

Hmm. That is ironic…

It’s ironic that someone noted for spending like a drunken sailor is mixed up in a huge monetary mess involving shiny-suited fast-talkers and late filings – not to mention other unsavory activities – and he wants to be the guy who oversees the state’s budget.

And his dear, dear pal who shills for him is a close friend of our uncivil mayor and his hard-blogging partisan wife. Oh, and they’re both linked to Western Tradition Partnership, a fount of dirty money that’s already done far too much damage to our Council.

Oh yeah, that’s going to work out well for Longmont.

* that’s half a million to you industrial realtor types who whine and kvetch about car dealerships having trouble working with the city. Maybe if they dealt in good faith things would go smoother.

Wrongmont loves Gessler

Scott Gessler

He always seems to be sweating...

One of the plaintiffs in a carefully-timed lawsuit, represented by Scott Gessler, is now shilling for him shamelessly. Of course it would be shameless – the person involved is none other than Mr. Wrongmont – Longmont’s original hate blogger. Not satisfied with endless attacks and smears in the Times-Call article comments he’s now attacking Gessler’s opponent Bernie Buescher.

Gessler is a political thug in the pocket of Longmont’s wealthy oligarchy. It’s a good thing he has wealthy friends* because he’s been blowing money like a drunken sailor.

* Note past far-right mayors Leona Stoecker and Julia Pirnack as well as others in these photos taken at an event at the Primerica office in downtown Longmont:

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(Mr. & Mrs. Wrongmont were there too but readers have been spared that horror)

Gessler blowing money like there’s no tomorrow

Scott Gessler, Republican candidate for Colorado Secretary of State

Scott Gessler, Republican candidate for Colorado Secretary of State - spending money like it's going out of style

From ColoradoPols.com:

Gessler Just Keeps Pissing in the Wind
by: Colorado Pols
Fri Jun 04, 2010 at 10:31:58 AM MDT

We’ve been fascinated with the campaign of Republican Secretary of State candidate Scott Gessler over the last year, but not in a good way. For most of the last 18 months, Gessler has been spending his campaign cash as fast as he can raise it; in 2009, he brought in almost $87,000 but spent an incredible 86 percent of that money.

Gessler managed to contain himself (somewhat) in the first quarter of this year, raising $53,000 but spending only $38,000, which for Gessler just about qualifies him as Scrooge McDuck. But then there was the reporting period that ended on May 26, a one-month time frame during which Gessler brought in $16,363 but spent $18,045, most of which went to consultants and rent (hint: if you are paying consultants more money than you are raising, you might want to consider changing consultants).

When you add it all up, since he first began his campaign in Q1 2009, Gessler has raised a solid $156,057…yet has spent $130,725, for a cash-on-hand amount today of a little over $25,000. For you math whizzes out there, that means Gessler has spent .84 cents out of every dollar raised, and we’ve only just made it to June.

Folks, we’ve never seen a candidate, for either Party, with a consistent burn rate this high.

Gessler has actually out-raised incumbent Democrat Bernie Buescher, but while the latter has brought in abut $137,000, he still has $74,125 cash on hand. That’s just poor campaign management when you have outraised your opponent over the course of 18 months but only have a third as much money in the bank. And that’s what makes Gessler’s campaign one of the worst statewide organizations we’ve seen in the last 10 years.

I’d like to point out that Longmont’s new conservative majority also raised and spent gobs and gobs of money to put total incompentents on council – and they won. Gessler has the eager support of Longmont’s right-wing oligarchy who, flushed from their recent success are dabbling in larger issues.

Voters are advised to look carefully at who’s backing Mr. Gessler – follow the money and you’ll find wealthy developers eager to build their soon-to-be-foreclosed projects.

Read more about Scott Gessler:

Scott Gessler: By the company he keeps

What’s behind this curtain?

Scott Gessler’s Fundraising Black Hole

Reception in Longmont held by the financial oligarchy

Who benefited from outside influence?

GOP groups signal SOS

Scott Gessler, Republican candidate for Colorado Secretary of State

Scott Gessler (R) - Secretary of State and benefactor to GOP groups who dodge filings.

Gee, nice to see Bob Moore at the Coloradan is keeping busy. He reported on the Otero County Republican Central Committee getting it’s fine for not filing campaign finance reports knocked down from the $50K range to a mere $946. What a bargain! Thanks Scott! Amazing what those campaign donations will do… Scott Gessler is making all those ‘investments’ pay off handsomely.

It’s funny that the Larimer County GOP has also slipped on the ole’ kneepads and is begging for a reduction in their $48K+ fine.

I think it’s fascinating that there was a hoo-haw made about Jack Pommer’s filings but not a peep about either of these two groups.

I believe that’s called rank hypocrisy… or, in GOP parlance: Business as usual.