Phone calls come from group operating illegally |

Phone calls come from group operating illegally

Scott N. Miller

EAGLE ” Calls made to local residents urging them to vote “no” on the home rule ballot questions have been made by a group apparently operating illegally.

The Eagle County Clerk and Recorder’s Office has no paperwork for the group placing the calls, which calls itself “Citizens for Eagle County’s Future.”

A couple of employees at the Eagle County Clerk and Recorder’s Office received recorded calls Wednesday evening. And the call she received got under the skin of County Clerk and Recorder Teak Simonton.

“It’s unfortunate when people don’t play by the rules,” Simonton said. “That’s what full disclosure is all about.”

As of Thursday, Simonton didn’t know who was behind the calls. If those people can be identified, and someone complains, the committee could land in some trouble.

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“Anyone can file a complaint, and the (Colorado) Secretary of State’s office will launch an investigation,” Simonton said.

Violators can be fined between two and five times the amount raised and/or spent while conducting an illegal campaign.

Whoever is making the calls could register now, Simonton said. Even then, the people running the campaign would be subject to fines of $50 for every day of illegal campaigning.

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