Poundstone says Maes has yet to repay loan; his financial reports say otherwise

Republican Dan Maes, in a recent campaign disclosure, says he refunded a $300 campaign contribution to longtime Republican activist Freda Poundstone. Never mind that nowhere in his disclosures does he claim to have received a campaign contribution from Poundstone.

Maes and Poundstone

Poundstone told the Colorado Independent today that she never received $300 from Maes. Much has been made of the fact that at a meeting of Jefferson County Republicans, Maes gave her an unsigned check for $300, but he promised a few days later to get her a signed check, which she said today she has never received.

“I never received another check,” she said. “I still have the one he didn’t sign. Maybe I should frame it. If he says he paid me back, it is totally a lie, but we know he’s a liar. If he told me the world was round, I’d have to go outside to check.

“The way he gave me the unsigned check was weird, too. I was speaking to a meeting of Republicans. I was sitting. He walked up and whispered something in my ear — I have no idea what–and dropped the check in my lap,” she recounts.

Maes is the GOP nominee for governor. He’s in a three-way race with American Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo, who has frequently criticized Maes on the Poundstone issue, and Democratic Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper.

Asked why she has never filed a complaint with the Colorado Secretary of State’s office about the discrepancies in Maes’ campaign finance reports, Poundstone said she is just tired of dealing with the matter.

A spokesman for the Colorado Secretary of State’s office said the office could not investigate situations like this without a citizen complaint. Anyone can file such complaints.

“I haven’t filed a complaint because I’ve told my story and I’m sick of talking about it. I’m sick. I’ve had double pneumonia. I have leukemia. I’m on chemo. All I need is six more days on the radio talking about the check, so I just dropped it. You have my word that I never got a signed check that I could actually cash. Maybe he forgot to put a stamp on it. I have been so sick to my stomach over this; you have no idea,” she said.

“How it started, he called me up and said he was two months behind on his mortgage, and could I help? So I met him at the bank. He says I gave him $300. I won’t even get into how much I really gave him, and it was to pay his mortgage. Then he starts telling people it was a campaign donation, and then he says he gave it back, which he never did.”

Calls to the Maes and Tancredo campaigns were not quickly returned.

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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