Formal Complaint Filed in Bill Ritter’s $300,000 Campaign Finance Violation

The Denver Post reports today the latest in Gov. Bill Ritter’s campaign spending problems:

The complaint, from Rep. Kent Lambert, R-Colorado Springs, prompts the process for reviewing campaign-finance violations. Without the complaint, it is unclear whether the Secretary of State’s Office could have begun a formal inquiry.

“There are some very specific rules you’ve got to follow,” Lambert said of campaign-finance laws. “This seemed to violate at least several of them and needs to be investigated further.”

Last week, Ritter, a Democrat, announced that his former campaign manager, Greg Kolomitz, wrongly used inaugural funds to pay off more than $200,000 in campaign debt and also overpaid himself by about $83,000.

At the least, Bill Ritter’s six-figure violation represents a case of grossly poor management. The investigation that follows today’s formal complaint will reveal whether there’s anything even more serious to be found.

Cross posted at Ritter Watch

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