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CO Secretary of State Scott Gessler Under Criminal Investigation
Wed, 7 November, 2012
Secretary of State Scott Gessler is feeling the heat today, as the Denver District Attorney’s office released a statement, that an investigation will ensue to discern whether Gessler broke the law by using state funds “to attend a partisan event”. The Denver Post states that alarms were sounded by the “liberal leaning” Colorado Ethics Watch “against Gessler, a Republican”. The implication is heightened by the Post’s emphasis that Gessler is the “swing state’s chief elections administrator”. One of the umbrella issues at hand is the seemingly subjective acceptability of delegating political money. The specific occurrence in this case, concerns a trip that Gessler made last August. He reportedly attended a Republican national Lawyer’s Convention and then went to the Republican National Convention, in Florida. The Post reports Gessler was reimbursed the $1,452 dollars that the trip cost, from his office’s “discretionary” fund. An additional amount of $422 dollars was also reimbursed to Gessler from the “regular” budget so his flight could be bumped a day earlier, due to “threats against his family”, according to the Post. There have been other concerns with respect to how Gessler has utilized this “discretionary” fund.
Despite the implicative terminology, a “discretionary” fund apparently, isn’t up for use based upon the politicians “discretion”. Colorado Ethics Watch adamantly states that public funds are absolutely not to be utilized for personal or political use, both counts of which Gessler is being accused. To trace every dollar is pretty difficult, especially for people who may or may not want their dollars to be traceable. Politicians use of funds is sometimes brought to the public’s attention, however, the heightened tensions surrounding this issue is no doubt, due to the intense political election time.
Hoover, Tim. “Denver DA Launches Criminal Probe of Secretary of State Scott Gessler”. The Denver Post. 6 Nov, 2012. <http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_21935337/ethics-commission-launches-probe-gessler-over-spending>