The Colorado Republican Committee (CRC) reported last week it gave $20,000 to Bob Beauprez – but someone ought to let the Beauprez campaign know about it. Financial records for the Beauprez for Governor committee show a non-monetary contribution from the CRC worth $24,236.62 on Oct. 18, but there’s no record of the $20,000 the CRC says it gave Beauprez Oct. 20 (See Box 1 at the bottom of this post).
This isn’t the first time the committees’ reports haven’t added up. Several weeks ago, Colorado Confidential reported on a $40,000 discrepancy. That time, though, the missing money was on the other end. Beauprez’s campaign said it received $100,000 while the CRC said it only gave $60,000 (See Box 2). Neither committee has amended the transaction with the Secretary of State, which means the Beauprez campaign must have actually received the 40 grand. But if the CRC didn’t give them the money, who did?
This time, records show the Beauprez campaign hasn’t received the $20,000 the CRC said it contributed. Considering Beauprez has been dipping deep into his own pockets to finance his sagging campaign, an extra 20 grand surely would be appreciated. But if the CRC didn’t give the money to Beauprez, where did it go?
It’s outrageous the committees can’t keep their largest transactions straight – especially since it appears the same person prepares them (See Box 3). BOX 1
Notice the Beauprez reports call it the Colorado Republican Committee PAC? That’s just a sloppy mistake. It’s the same committee ID as the CRC. There’s also a committee called the Colorado Republican PAC, but it’s never had much money. Interestingly, its reports are also prepared by the same accounting firm that does Beauprez’s and the CRC’s (see Box 3).