It should come as no surprise to learn that there may be an element of political gamesmanship behind the ethics attacks on Secretary of State Scott Gessler, but campaign finance filings show a link between many of those on the Independent Ethics Commission and Gessler’s current 2014 Democrat opponent, Ken Gordon, or his previous opponent Bernie Buescher. Three of the five commissioners give exclusively or primarily to Democratic causes, as does the executive director of the IEC and Luis Toro, executive director of Colorado Ethics Watch, who filed an ethics complaint.
Here are a few of the folks involved worth highlighting for their highly-partisan political giving.
Newly-appointed commissioner and former Colorado State Representative Rosemary Marshall financially supported Bernie Buescher’s campaign against Gessler in 2010 and donated to Buescher’s state house race. Additionally (and separately), she’s given nearly $1,000 to Democrat candidates and causes over the past few years.