Lawmakers vote unanimously for Gessler expenses audit

Press conference at the State Capitol: L to R-Secretary of State Scott Gessler joined state Representative Chris Holbert (R-Parker) to discuss legislation (HB1252) aimed at allowing verification of citizenship on the voter rolls. John Prieto/The Denver Post.
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DENVER (AP) -- Colorado lawmakers opened the door for an investigation of Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler's use of public funds to attend the Republican National Convention in Florida and a GOP election law training event.

Members of the state's audit committee on Tuesday unanimously gave auditors approval to conduct research for an audit. Lawmakers will vote at a later meeting whether to conduct an audit of Gessler's use of discretionary funds.

The Republican elections chief is under scrutiny for travel to the political events, for which he was reimbursed $1,570. Democrats and left-leaning groups have questioned whether that was appropriate.

Denver prosecutors are also conducting a criminal investigation.

Gessler has said he welcomes a full review of his expenses.

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