David Buckley, a Republican candidate for the state legislature, used campaign funds to pay himself thousands of dollars in improper mileage reimbursements – this according to his own documentation, a campaign finance complaint filed with the Secretary of State, and a subsequent analysis by the Colorado Times Recorder.
Logan M. Davis
Logan M. Davis is a progressive researcher and writer based in Denver, specializing in the threat posed by right-wing extremism. He is also a political communications consultant. He is a proud member of Denver NewsGuild and co-founder of the Political Workers Guild of Colorado.
Republican state Senate candidate Tim Walsh broke the law by not disclosing a $3 million mountain home, but he won’t face any fine or penalty for his omission, according to a recent ruling from the Colorado’s Secretary of State’s office. Though it’s rare for a single campaign finance complaint to upset several years of established legal interpretation, that’s exactly what happened when the Deputy Secretary of State handed down a decision in the Walsh case overturning four years of incorrect legal precedent established during former Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ tenure in office – after applying it to Walsh one last time.
In the months since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Republican candidates across the country have attempted to distance themselves from their past embrace of hardline anti-abortion positions, seemingly due to fear of backlash at the ballot box in November. In southwestern Colorado, though, a candidate for the state legislature is not following their lead.
Tim Walsh, the Republican nominee in one of the year’s closest-watched state Senate races, omitted from his personal financial disclosure a financial trust, a corporation, and a mountain home worth more than $3 million, according to a complaint filed with the Colorado Secretary of State’s office last week.
The top Republican in the Colorado House of Representatives worked to conceal his involvement with a political consulting firm from his colleagues in the legislature, according to hundreds of pages of never-before-published sworn testimony. The documents, which stem from Minority Leader Hugh McKean’s divorce proceedings in September 2020, include firsthand testimony from McKean regarding his work with a number of Republican candidates, including at least one primary within his own caucus, his rationale for attempting to keep this work out of the public record for ethical reasons, and the outline of a campaign finance scheme which may violate Colorado law.
In late May, Republican Secretary of State candidate Tina Peters’ campaign made a $50,000 payment to PIN Business Network, a marketing company with ties to election conspiracist and podcast host Joe Oltmann. The payment was marked in the state’s campaign finance database as being for “internet advertising,” and amounts to nearly one-third of Peters’ total campaign expenditures to date.
A promising political career unraveled this spring when New York’s lieutenant governor Brian Benjamin was arrested. Benjamin, only 45 years-old, was an up and comer in state Democratic politics, having served four years in the state Senate before rising to the position of lieutenant governor in the wake of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s downfall.
Politics in Colorado have a reputation as being clean and corruption-free. An ongoing investigation by the Colorado Times Recorder into the personal financial disclosures of the state legislature, however, calls this reputation into question.
In a move rarely advised by campaign consultants, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate may have confessed to a serious crime.