At a press conference earlier this week the entire Colorado Republican slate, from statewide candidates Heidi Ganahl and Joe O’Dea to Statehouse and school board hopefuls, joined together to talk only about “kitchen table” policy issues. The subtext was clear: With the primaries over, the party doesn’t want to talk about stolen elections or other far-right conspiracies.
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.
Joe Oltmann, founder of conservative activist group FEC United, recently announced the group’s latest offering: The People’s Chamber of Commerce. In addition to paying the annual FEC United membership fee, members can sign up for The People’s Chamber of Commerce and have access to a network of like-minded, patriot businesses, in theory bypassing “big tech” platforms like Amazon or Google, frequent targets of Oltmann’s ire on his podcast, Conservative Daily.
Denver District Court Judge Marie Moses has denied anti-SLAPP motions filed by defendants in the defamation case brought Dominion Voting Systems executive Eric Coomer.
Joe Oltmann, who’s a top election conspiracist in Colorado and nationally, is now a two-time defamation suit defendant. Journalist Sarah Ashton-Cirillo, of the online news magazine LGBTQ Nation, filed a lawsuit against Oltmann in Denver District Court on Friday.
During this Saturday’s Colorado Republican assembly, which saw election-conspiracist candidates like Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters and Rep. Ron Hanks (R-Cañon City) get top billing on June’s primary ballot, Rep. Patrick Neville (R-Castle Rock), seconded a motion to nominate FEC United founder Joe Oltmann for governor.
Joe Oltmann, the Douglas County podcast host and two time Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year nominee who is named as a defendant alongside Sidney Powell, Rudy Giuliani, and Michelle Malkin, among others, in the defamation suit brought by former Dominion Voting Systems executive Eric Coomer, has been sanctioned by the court for nearly $33,000 for failing to appear for a scheduled deposition and failing to answer questions during a deposition. Oltmann’s lawyers, Andrea Hall and Ingrid DeFranco, were also sanctioned as part of the court order filed on Tuesday. The sanctions are a part of the defendants’ anti-SLAPP motion, and are unrelated to any damages that could be assessed if the lawsuit moves forward.
On the March 11 episode of his Conservative Daily podcast, CO extremist and election fraud conspiracist Joe Oltmann presented a video of Russian President Vladimir Putin giving a speech threatening the United States and Europe to end their “globalist plan” or else face God and Putin’s wrath. In a subsequent podcast from the same day, Oltmann admits the video is sourced from Russian propaganda but qualifies the validity of its content, suggesting it could be true.
For voters who haven’t paid attention to the ongoing drama in the El Paso County Republican Party, the fervor and turmoil of the 2021 school board elections, and the growing influence of the far-right political activist group FEC United, Saturday’s Republican Assembly, which selected the candidates to appear on the ballot for the June primary election, was probably something of a shock.
Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters appeared on the Conservative Daily Podcast Monday to discuss the latest “Mesa County Forensic Examination and Analysis Report,” which she claimed provided evidence that the county’s Dominion Voting machines were unsecure and able to connect to the internet. The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel has reported that Mesa County officials have debunked the claims in the 146-page report.