My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell just sealed the case for Complaint #22-07 (pdf) to the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission against Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters for her skirting Colorado’s anti-corruption law by raising unlimited amounts of money through her legal defense fund.
In an apparent effort to try to get out of the ethics complaint, Peters recently shut down her Colorado-based legal defense fund website and moved her legal fundraising to a Minnesota-based “legal offense fund” operated by her fellow election conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell.
At an election denier rally today at the state Capitol in Denver, a 9News reporter asked Lindell how much he has raised for Peters’ legal defense fund. Lindell said, “I just put in all the money myself.” When the reporter asked Lindell how much that was, he answered, “I don’t know, I put in 3,4,5, maybe $800,000 of my own money.”
$800,000 would be the largest amount ever given to a Colorado politician or elected official.
Peters is violating Colorado Anti-Corruption Law
Article 29 of Colorado’s Constitution (pdf), “Ethics in Government,” makes it illegal for an elected official to accept anything valued at over $65 from anyone who isn’t a family member or close personal friend. The fine for violating Article 29 is twice the amount the elected official accepted in violation of the law. The purpose of Article 29 is to eliminate corruption in Colorado’s governments.
When the reporter asked Lindell if he was a close friend of Peters, he answered “I just met her that day [of the cyber symposium],” adding that he thought it was a stupid question.
But Lindell’s public statement that he and Peters are not close friends will make it impossible for Peters’ attorney to argue in Ethics Commission hearings that Lindell was a close friend of Peters’, effectively closing the one loophole in the law that could have helped her escape being ruled guilty of violating Article 29.
Lindell’s admission could leave Peters liable for a $1.6 million fine for violating Article 29. The law directs money from ethics fines to the state or the local jurisdiction, in this case, Mesa County, which has probably already spent that much in taxpayer money on the Tina Peters fiasco.