Calling the case “nonfrivolous”, the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission (IEC) voted 4-0 on Tuesday to proceed on a complaint that is believed to be against Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters.
Peters and her Mesa County Clerk and Recorder’s office has been in the news for months with alleged election office violations. She and some of her staff face federal and state criminal charges in another case in connection to a potential election security breach. The uproar over election security in Mesa County brought about by the clerk’s actions was different than the questions raised in other counties, where Trump supporters claimed there were voting discrepancies where there was none.
A lawsuit from the Colorado Secretary of State’s office in August resulted in a judge barring Peters and her deputy from overseeing the Nov. 2 election in Mesa Count. Peters and her team filed counterclaims and the case is ongoing. The Secretary of State’s office filed a second lawsuit against Peters this month related to alleged campaign finance and contribution violations.
The IEC complaint was filed by a Mesa County activist and politics blogger named Anne Landman. In her grievance, she alleged that the Republican clerk violated the state constitution by soliciting and accepting gifts over the $50 annual limit. Among the campaign gifts, were larger contributions from people such as the MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who has gained infamy lately for his 2020 election conspiracy theories.
We don’t know the details of the complaint (labeled 21-18), because the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission didn’t publicly discuss the details, only their unanimous vote declaring it non-frivolous. Another hearing date has yet to be scheduled.