Colorado GOP Accused Of Stealing Money By Ex-Staffers

( The National File is alleging the Colorado Republican Party is under investigation by the Federal Elections Commission for purportedly misappropriating funds that it claims should have been used to help fight fraud in the 2020 election.

According to the National File, “sources” within the Colorado GOP are claiming the subpoenas had to do with the misappropriation of state party funds, including paying employees that don’t exist and funneling money to “illegitimate” consulting firms.

The outlet claims that former Colorado GOP chair Ryan Call had allegedly appropriated $280,000 from a PAC called Rebuilding America Now that was set up to fight 2020 election fraud in the state. However, it is unclear from their report if Call’s alleged actions pertained to the FEC’s alleged investigation.

Another source told the National File that another employee from the Colorado GOP “confirmed the authenticity” of the FEC investigation. However, this unnamed employee didn’t offer any details.

The National File report contains no confirmation or documentation that such an investigation is underway, short of saying “Apparently the FEC issued subpoenas around the summer of 2021 and found some wrongdoing.” The report only provides claims made by unnamed sources.

In related news, a Colorado grand jury last week indicted Republican county election clerk Tina Peters alleging she was part of a scheme to breach voting system technology used in the 2020 presidential election.

Peters, who oversaw elections in Mesa County, was charged with seven felony and three misdemeanor counts, including attempting to influence a public servant, criminal impersonation, and first-degree official misconduct.

Also facing charges in the case is Mesa County deputy clerk, Belinda Knisley.

According to the indictment filed in Mesa County District Court, Peters and Knisley were part of a “deceptive scheme” to “influence public servants, breach security protocols, exceed permissible access to voting equipment, and set in motion the eventual distribution of confidential information to unauthorized people.”

The charges stem from an incident last year when the Mesa County elections system was breached. State officials discovered the security breach when a photo and video of confidential voting systems passwords were posted on social media and a right-wing website.

Peters recently announced that she was running for Colorado Secretary of State. After her indictment, the Colorado Republican Party released a statement calling on Peters to suspend her campaign.