December 25, 2012

SOS Gessler rebuts ethics complaint

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Denver Post (Tim Hoover) - Secretary of State Scott Gessler followed the law and long-standing practices when he spent office funds to attend a Republican lawyers conference in Florida, his attorneys argue in response to complaints that he used public money for partisan purposes.

Attorneys for Gessler, a Republican, also said in papers filed with the ethics commission that the secretary of state did not need receipts to be reimbursed for expenses he claimed from his office's discretionary fund. Moreover, his attorneys argue, the commission does not have jurisdiction over the issues because they don't concern violations of Amendment 41, which deal with gifts to public officials.

The response, which delves into the spending and expense accounts of other elected officials, saves special scorn for Colorado Ethics Watch, the liberal group that filed the complaints against Gessler.