In an event that shows just how far out of touch with reality Colorado’s Republic Party has become, election denier Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, who was indicted a month ago on multiple felony charges related to tampering with election equipment, was the runaway winner for the Secretary of State nomination at the Colorado Republican Party state assembly April 9, 2022 in Colorado Springs. Peters won a whopping 62% of the vote, making her the Republicans’ front runner for Secretary of State in the primary election on June 28. Peters will oppose former two-term Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder and former president of the Colorado County Clerks Association Pam Anderson, on the primary ballot. Anderson petitioned her way onto the ballot. (Anderson’s mother-in-law is former longtime Colorado Senate Majority Leader Norma Anderson.) While Pam Anderson is a Republican, she not an election denier. Peters also faces Mike O’Donnell, a candidate from Yuma County.
For their Senate candidate, the GOP chose Rep. Ron Hanks, who claims without proof that Trump actually won the 2020 general election. Hanks not only attended the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. but admits to crossing police barriers during the attack. Hanks also claims to believe without proof that Trump supporters didn’t storm the Capitol, but instead that Antifa and Black Lives Matter agitators perpetrated the deadly insurrection in what Hanks calls a “false flag” operation.
Peters is mired in a slew of criminal and ethical charges
In addition to facing multiple criminal charges for breaching election security, Peters is currently the subject of a civil lawsuit filed by her ex-husband, Thomas Peters, who claims she stole his house from him by falsifying a power of attorney form and using it to illegally file quit claim deed that put his house solely in her name. She is also facing an obstruction charge for kicking a police officer, a contempt of court charge for video recording a court proceeding in violation of court rules and multiple investigations by the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission over charges that she accepted gifts well in excess of the amount elected officials are allowed to accept under state law, (pdf) and that she is using her criminal defense fund to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money in violation of Article 29 of the Colorado Constitution, (pdf) the “Ethics in Government” law, an anti-corruption measure that strictly limits how much elected officials can accept in gifts and contributions while in office to $65 per donor, per year. Peters tried to evade the second ethics charge by closing her original legal defense website, StandWithTina.org, based in Colorado, and switching her legal defense fundraising out of state to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell’s “Legal Offense Fund” based in Wisconsin. However, as long as Peters remains a Colorado elected official, she remains subject to Article 29, no matter where her fund is based or where the money comes from. As long as she accepts donations of over $65 per donor, per year, for any reason, Colorado’s Ethics law will render Peters liable for fines equivalent to twice the amount of funds she takes in while violating the Article. So far, based on a recent reports of donations to her legal fund by Mike Lindell, Peters could be liable for a fine of at least $1.6 million. Peters’ criminal defense fund currently obscures the names of all donors, the amounts they donate, and gives her a way to accept illegally large donations from supporters, corporations, wealthy celebrities and lobbyists nationwide who may be attempting to curry favor with her.