Colorado Secretary of State, Scott Gessler, is notorious for trying to use his office to push his political agenda. We expect legislators to push their political agenda, but the Office of Secretary of State is an administrative office, a nonpartisan office, the office that oversees how our elections are run in Colorado.
Colorado Common Cause and Colorado Ethics Watch sued Sec. Gessler when he created new rules that were clearly meant to hide the big spending happening in Colorado politics right now. The rules would have let shadowy 527 organizations from all over the country spend their money on our elections without having to disclose to Coloradans who they are. WTF?! It’s hard to believe that in this age of Super PACs and unprecedented campaign spending that the highest ranking elections official in the state would take steps to hide the money from us.
Yesterday, a Denver District Court agreed with our concerns. The judge said Sec. Gessler overstepped his authority by attempting to rewrite voter passed laws and those passed at the General Assembly.
We reminded him that his office is not allowed to legislate and certainly not allowed to erase the will of the voters.
Read the press release from Colorado Ethics Watch.