It took long enough, but the media is finally asking Denver School Board member Tay Anderson some pretty important questions about how he earns a living.
However, Anderson flat-out refused to disclose it in an interview with 9News.
“I don’t think we necessarily question every elected official in the state of Colorado outside of your elected duty ‘how do you get your job, how do you make your money?’,” Anderson said.
We’ll take a moment for those of you who may have just fallen over laughing at his ignorance and/or deceit.
Many elected officials are required to file financial disclosure forms that include details like what stocks they are invested in and how much money is in their bank accounts. Employment info is in there too. https://t.co/Rf6L5DQ0n4
— Jesse Aaron Paul ☀ (@JesseAPaul) July 16, 2021
While Denver School Board members are not required to file personal financial disclosures, state officials across different branches of government are, including:
Bingo-Raffle Advisory Board
General Assembly (State Senate & State House of Representative)
Justices and Judges
PERA Board of Trustees
Secretary of State
State Board of Education
State disclosure requirements are not nearly as stringent as disclosure laws for federal elected officials, but you get the idea.
Now, Democrats writ-large tend to present themselves as a party that favors increased disclosure requirements for elected officials.
Maybe the Dems’ 2020 Rising Star didn’t get that memo. Or, more likely, Anderson is just a moron.
As for where Anderson actually gets his cash… this is where things get interesting.
His school board gig doesn’t pay anything. Yet, Anderson always seems to have plenty of cash available to cover living expenses despite lacking any identifiable source of income.
And by “living expenses,” we also mean the pricey attorney that Anderson hired amid his ongoing sexual assault investigation.
What we do know is Anderson routinely advertises GoFundMe pleas for cash and even has his own Venmo account to solicit cash from supporters.
I mean, yes, Tay, people do ask about your finances. Inquiring minds want to know:
Who picks up the tab for Tay Anderson?🤔
— Jimmy Sengenberger at the Crossroads (@SengCenter) July 15, 2021
Examples of these personal fundraisers include posting links to fund his baby registry, and more recently posting his Venmo on Facebook to solicit sympathy cash after the death of his grandmother.
PeakNation™ will also recall Campaign Integrity Watchdog’s recent ethics complaints against Anderson.
The complaint filed by Matt Arnold for Campaign Integrity Watchdog cites $13,036 Anderson collected for medical expenses and $12,842 he raised for travel to Washington, D.C. following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The alleged hospital bill was for that time Anderson slipped and fell while blocking police from accessing a homeless camp that was targeted by the City of Denver for removal.
Anderson drove himself to the hospital and was released not long after he got his picture taken.
Arnold’s complaints were ultimately dismissed by Secretary of State Jena Griswold’s office on a technicality.
Whether politics played a role in that dismissal is an open question, especially considering Griswold’s history of inserting herself in enforcement decisions within the Election Division.
The bottom line is Anderson’s flippant attitude towards this entire matter will justifiably increase scrutiny of his ethically dubious and potentially illegal self-funding scheme.
At this point we can only hope Democrats don’t wise up and devise a way to get rid of him, because Anderson has officially become a massive political liability.