Gessler Watch Blog
Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler took what was left in his own discretionary fund in 2011 and used it to give himself a $1,400 payout, a sum that a spokesman says was for "day-to-day" expenses even though Gessler submitted no receipts to explain what those costs were. Critics say the payout to the Republican secretary of state looks a lot like a self-given bonus, and the revelation comes as two Democratic state senators are calling for an audit of Gessler's spending in response to reports he used state funds to attend the Republican National Convention.
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While Gessler waived fines for corrupt fellow right-wing special interests, he's wasting his and the state's valuable time on attacking rightfully eligible voters. Gessler is making a mockery of his responsibilities as Secretary of State to an extent perhaps never before seen in Colorado's history.Read more
One of Gessler’s critics, Joanne Schwartz, executive director of ProgressNow Colorado, said someone’s name might be in the SAVE system “because they accessed federal benefits while here on a green card, but since then have become citizens. Certainly it is not designed to be a voter database, it was created in order to address another nonexistent problem - that of unauthorized immigrants accessing Medicaid and welfare.”Read more
As our chief elections officer, Secretary of State Scott Gessler should be taking the lead to encourage participation. Unfortunately, he has gone to great lengths and expense to put obstacles in the way of eligible voters — without evidence that "voter fraud" is a problem at all in Colorado.Read more
The liberal organization ProgressNow Colorado never would be mistaken for members of the Scott Gessler fan club. But in advance of a Monday hearing, the group is ramping up its criticism of the Republican secretary of state, calling him “the most partisan secretary in Colorado’s modern history.”Read more
"After a year and a half in office, it is clear that Scott Gessler is the most partisan secretary in Colorado's modern history," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Joanne Schwartz. "Gessler loses in court, then comes back with new ways of pushing his agenda, often overreaching the authority of his office. Rather than working to ensure access to this most critical constitutional right, Gessler has repeatedly pushed policies that disproportionately impact minorities, seniors, disabled, and military voters. He is committed to undermining Colorado's election laws, and helping his former legal clients avoid funding limits and disclosure requirements."Read more
Joanne Kron Schwartz, executive director of the liberal group ProgressNow, said it was troubling that the day after sending the letter, Suthers was on stage at a Grand Junction campaign appearance for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. "This is the same thing we're seeing across the country, where Republicans are aiming to win the election by suppressing the vote," she said.Read more
Schwartz told us, “The only real thing that will come of this is suppressing the vote and getting more people concerned about whether their vote will actually count.” Schwartz also questioned the secretary of state’s motives. “Gessler joked at an event that a good election is when Republicans win, that says a lot about his motives.”Read more
Colorado voters should be thankful that it's not just the courts and legislature that will keep our secretary of state honest - it's also the people who work for him.Read more
Lost in the news of last Tuesday's elections was something very important: after right-wing Secretary of State Scott Gessler filed a lawsuit to stop counties from mailing ballots to all registered voters, and lost, those so-called "inactive" voters weighed in--at the ballot box.Read more
Amid fresh controversy over the denial of mail ballots to deployed soldiers overseas and a possible U.S. Justice Department investigation looming over Colorado's mail ballot election practices, ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization, delivered thousands of petition signatures today demanding that Secretary of State Scott Gessler abandon his attempts to suppress the vote for partisan gain.Read more
After Friday's disclosure of an upcoming fundraiser for the Larimer County Republican Party featuring Secretary of State Scott Gessler in a dunk tank--coming just weeks after Gessler's office slashed fines owed by the same Larimer County GOP after years of mismanagement and the impending prosecution of the former chairman--editorial boards in Denver and Grand Junction today blasted Gessler for the conflict of interest the situation plainly smacks of.Read more
DENVER: Secretary of State Scott Gessler held a rule-making hearing today, in an effort to push through is proposal to eliminate the longstanding requirement that all candidates for public office report campaign finances every two weeks leading up to the primary election and continuing through to the general election.
Politics and money go hand in hand. It takes money to support any campaign. But voters have a right to know whose sugar daddy is behind the issues we vote on in Colorado. Thanks to a new rule by Secretary of State Scott Gessler, it will be easier to hide money that supports ballot questions.Read more
Blog Post by Ellen Dumm, Executive Director of Campaign for a Strong Colorado
So when our new Secretary of State Scott Gessler cooked up some numbers alleging that thousands of non-citizens are voting in Colorado, a number of red flags went up. His numbers are not so much fuzzy as they are sporting a mustache, sideburns and a goatee.Read more
On March 31, 2011, Colorado's Secretary of State Scott Gessler testified before the US House Administration Committee on illegal immigration and voter fraud. At the hearing, Texas Congressman Charlie Gonzales challenged the Secretary's findings, along with the validity of the Secretary's research methodologies. Click "Read More" to see the letter Representative Gonzales and Rep. Robert Brady (D-PA) sent to the Department of Justice for an investigation into voter suppression by Colorado's Secretary of State. Read more
Colorado Common Cause Asks Secretary of State Gessler to Adopt Nonpartisanship Policy for Self, StaffMarch 21, 2011 Source: Common Cause Colorado
Denver—Colorado Common Cause today sent a letter to Secretary of State Scott Gessler asking him to adopt a nonpartisanship policy for himself and his staff.
"The Secretary of State doesn't specify which database he's going to compare voter registration rolls against," she notes. "At the press conference, he was talking about the DMV [Division of Motor Vehicles], but there are people who can get a license who aren't permanent, legal U.S. residents. So that's not clear. But once he does the comparison and, say, Kjersten Forseth shows up as somebody not on the list, I have to prove I'm actually a resident or else I get kicked off the voter roles. That seems patently unfair."Read more
Responding to the week-long controversy over Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler's decision to continue working part time for his law firm while he serves, ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization, today delivered a petition signed by nearly 5,000 citizens to Gessler's office--demanding that Gessler abandon this irresponsible plan.Read more
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