Colo. Secretary of State fails to file receipts

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Gessler took what was left in his own fund and gave himself a payout for daily expenses.

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.

DENVER (AP) -- A spokesman for Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler says his boss was probably unaware he needed to file receipts for $1,400 he used from his office account after he took office.

Spokesman Rich Coolidge says the office fund is similar to the per diem given state lawmakers where no receipts are necessary. Gessler submitted receipts for other money he took from the $5,000 fund.

According to the Denver Post, Gessler took what was left in his own discretionary fund in 2011 and used it to give himself a $1,400 payout for daily expenses.

Gessler is already under fire for using state funds to return early from the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. Colorado's elections chief says death threats were made against his family, prompting his early return.

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