Thursday, October 4, 2018

Teller County candidate Betty Clark-Wine cleared of campaign finance violation

Posted By on Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 11:04 AM

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A complaint filed by the Teller County Republican Party Chair Erik Stone on Sept. 11 against unaffiliated county treasurer candidate Betty Clark-Wine has been dismissed.

Stone alleged she solicited donations to an unregistered political committee on her campaign website. But Clark-Wine called the donation tab an error and removed it hours after the complaint was filed. She says she's financing the entirety of her campaign, which will be decided in the Nov. 6 election.

On Oct. 2, the Secretary of State's Office issued a three-page decision in which it ruled, "The Elections Division finds that the Respondent has sufficiently cured the violations alleged in the complaint, and at this time, is not required to register a candidate committee under Colorado law."

Clark-Wine issued this news release about the finding:
Cripple Creek — The Secretary of State has dismissed the campaign finance complaint filed against Teller County Treasurer candidate Betty Clark-Wine by Erik Stone, Chair of the Teller County Republicans.
“I am very pleased that the Secretary of State acted promptly to dismiss the campaign finance complaint. I have not accepted contributions or donations and, I have financed my own campaign.”

Clark-Wine, who is the Teller County Assessor, is term-limited and is on the ballot in November as an unaffiliated candidate for County Treasurer.

“Since Mr. Stone also expressed concern about my having filed one campaign report one day late, I reviewed report filings on the Secretary of State website. Much to my surprise, I found that several elected officials have filed late campaign finance reports, including Commissioners Dave Paul, Norm Steen, and Mark Dettenreider, Sheriff Jason Mikesell and former Sheriff Mike Ensminger. In fact, I was shocked to find that the Teller County Republican Central Committee filed late reports more than once, paying penalties totaling $350.”

Clark-Wine is putting this behind her and moving forward with her door-to-door campaign and meeting fellow citizens. “I am excited about answering their questions about taxes, tax exemptions, assessments, and property values. I want to focus on the issues that are important to the people and, since experience matters, my eight years as the Assessor will be of significant benefit to our county.”
Here's the Secretary of State's Office's decision:

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