Coffman’s Office Disciplines IT Manager for Database Sales
The Colorado Secretary of State’s office has taken a “personnel action” against the office’s Election Technology Manager for allegedly selling “targeted voter data” through a “GOP Campaign help” website at PoliticalLiveWires.com.
The issue was first reported by Todd Johnston at ePluribus Media, who found that SoS employee Dan Kopelman was apparently offering the voter database to Republican candidates through the site.Dana Williams, spokesperson for the Secretary of State, told Johnston, “It is inappropriate for a state employee to be both overseeing and selling voter lists. We see this as a conflict of interest.”
When Colorado Confidential spoke to Williams late on Friday, she would say only, “We were made aware of a website yesterday that we had not previously known about. Kopelman is still employed by the Secretary of State. It is a personnel issue and is under investigation.”
Williams did say, however, that personnel action has been taken against Kopelman, though she would not say what the action was. Kopelman is still employed by the Secretary of State’s office, she said. The deputy secretary of state’s office is investigating further.
The Secretary of State’s office is responsible for maintaining and selling voter lists in Colorado. A statewide voter list costs about $500, Williams said. Johnston noted in his initial report, “Kopelman was undercutting his boss – the Colorado Secretary of State – by pulling, bundling, and privately selling the state’s voter information.”
Williams could not say when the investigation would be completed.