GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KFQX) — Investigations into Mesa County elections continue, this time with a lawsuit against School District 51 board member, Will Jones. The Elections Division in the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, filed the lawsuit against Jones, for not reporting a $3,000 contribution, until three months after he received it.
The lawsuit, filed on Feb. 3 to the Colorado Office of Administrative courts, claims Jones received money from the Mesa County Republican party on October 2nd. The suit claims Jones didn’t report the funds until January 4th.
Jones claims he reported the contribution to the board’s campaign finance agent, Marge Klein. As did board members, Andrea Haitz and Angela Lema who both received similar donations as Jones, “All I was told was there would be some sort of fine that I would have to pay, that’s fine with me I’d rather pay the fine and let it be done and learn from it, I really just don’t understand what I did wrong besides do what I was supposed to do,” Jones says, “All of my stuff was recorded, my signs were reported, they said I paid the Stand for the Constitution was a fictious group, you know we don’t have the control of who writes the checks to us,” Jones said.
For the full interview with Will Jones follow the link below.
It’s important to note that the Secretary is not part of the investigative phase of all complaints, which the campaign finance enforcement team conducts.
In addition, the enforcement team has sole discretion as to which complaints to prosecute and send to the Colorado Office of Administrative Courts, for further evaluation by a third-party hearing officer.