Anti-home rule group registered with county
EAGLE ” The fine might be $50.
That’s about as much as Eagle County Clerk and Recorder Teak Simonton can fine a group that apparently violated state election law when it made political phone calls to local residents last week.
The group, Citizens for Eagle County’s Future, last week placed numerous automated calls urging residents to vote “no” on county ballot question 1A, which would create a “home rule” commission to explore changing the structure of Eagle County’s government.
The group apparently made one night’s worth of calls, which would make it liable for one $50 fine for not registering, Simonton said.
“Other than that, civil penalties apply only after a formal complaint to the Secretary of State’s office,” Simonton said.
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The clerk’s office received its paperwork from Citizens for Eagle County’s Future on Friday, Oct. 14, although it was dated Oct. 10. The representative listed was Christine Burtt, a Denver-based Republican political consultant.
“I thought it was in the Secretary of State’s office,” Burtt said. “They had it.”
Burtt said she’s working for one main client who is an Eagle County resident, but declined to identify that client in a brief phone interview Tuesday.
“No elected official is involved in this,” she said.
The first deadline for filing campaign expense and income reports isn’t until Oct. 30, two days before the Nov. 1 election.
Staff Writer Scott N. Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 613, or email@example.com.
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