Colorado Secretary of State’s Office Responds to Colorado Ethics Watch Complaint, Slams CEW Director Toro as “Disingenuous”

Despite the best efforts of the “progressive” spin machine (aided and abetted by pretend news organization the “Colorado Independent”), developments in the spurious “campaign finance complaint” by notorious leftist attack dogs “Colorado Ethics Watch” (CEW, pronounced “sue” – it’s what they do) against the grassroots judicial accountability organization Clear The Bench Colorado continue to blow up in the attack group’s face.

After several publications noted the complaint’s complete lack of merit and characterization as a “cheap political stunt” (since Clear The Bench Colorado followed the Colorado Secretary of State’s guidance in filing (correctly) as an Issue Committee), the fake journalists (actually paid propagandists) of the Colorado Independent shifted the spin (and attack) to the Colorado Secretary of State’s office.  In an article basically accusing the nonpartisan, professional staff at the SOS’s office of sheer incompetence (“SOS Staffers gave bad advice to Clear The Bench“), “Independent” writer John Tomasic attempts to spin coverage of the CEW complaint away from the facts of the case to highlight CEW Director Toro’s charge that “SOS staffers… provided demonstrable bad advice” to Clear The Bench Colorado.

Toro’s baseless accusation – and the Colorado Independent’s shoddy “reporting” – drew the ire of the unjustly accused staffers at the Colorado Secretary of State’s office.  In a strongly worded response sent to the Independent (obtained by Clear The Bench Colorado sources), the office fired back, debunking both the basis of the CEW complaint and CEW Director Toro’s playing fast and loose with the facts in the complaint and in his public statements (characterizing his comments as “disingenuous”, which is a polite way of saying “lying through your teeth”):

As we discussed on the phone, attached is a copy of the agenda for the Campaign Finance Advisory Panel from June 18, 2009. The second topic on this particular agenda deals specifically with judicial retention committees. This advisory panel is comprised of people like Martha Tierney, Mark Grueskin, Ryan Call and Richard Westfall, not to mention groups like Ethics Watch, League of Women Voters and Common Cause. The goal is to vet rulemaking and identify campaign finance issues before they become big legal issues. In fact, members mostly raise key issues and are encouraged to do so.

I have to take issue with Toro’s review of events related to this decision. Either Toro just plain forgot about this advisory panel meeting or he’s being disingenuous in his comments because Ethics Watch was represented at that meeting and participated in this discussion. To insinuate that our staff makes these kinds of policy decisions in a vacuum is simply not fair or accurate. We find this advisory panel to be incredibly useful in reviewing and discussing policies.

All attempts by CEW and the “Independent” to spin the facts aside – the Secretary of State’s office carefully considered the facts, invited debate and discussion (with participation from a variety of groups across the political spectrum, including “Colorado Ethics Watch”) and reached the considered conclusion that Clear The Bench Colorado should file as an Issue Committee.  Case closed.

Now more than ever – stand with Clear The Bench Colorado in defense of your constitutional rights. Exercise your right to vote “NO” on the 4 ‘unjust justices’ of the Colorado Supreme Court’s “Mullarkey Majority” (Justices Michael Bender, Alex Martinez, Nancy Rice, and Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey) who need YOUR approval to continue taking away your constitutional rights: your right to vote on tax increases, your right to defend your home or business from against eminent domain abuse, your right to fair representation in government, and your right to enjoy the benefits of the rule of law, instead of suffering under rule by activist, agenda-driven “justices.” Support Clear The Bench Colorado with your comments (Sound Off!) and your contributions and exercise your right to vote “NO” on retaining these unjust justices on the bench for another 10-year term!

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