Maes fined another $3,000 by Secretary of State for campaign finance violations

The Colorado Secretary of State’s office confirmed today that it has levied an additional $3,000 in fines against Republican Dan Maes’ campaign for governor.

Secretary of State spokesman Rich Coolidge said the fines are in response to the campaign’s failure to file a required report on major contributors, which was due in July.

He said the Secretary of State’s office will not fine Maes or investigate Maes for the discrepancy between the fact that he has claimed to return a $300 contribution from longtime Colorado Republican activist and lobbyist Freda Poundstone without first having filed a report saying he received the contribution. Coolidge said unless someone files a complaint about that apparent violation, there is nothing the Secretary of State can do.

Maes has already paid a record $17,500 in campaign finance violations so far this election season.

Maes did not return calls Wednesday or today.

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Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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