Gessler Waived Most Of Activists' Campaign Fines

Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler waived tens of thousands of dollars in campaign disclosure fines for three men who pushed three ballot initiatives to cut taxes and restrict the state's finances in 2010.

Jeff Gross, Louis Schroeder, and Russell Haas racked up more than $20,000 in late fees each for failing to file campaign finance disclosures after a judge's order. Colorado Public radio reported Thursday that the trio asked Gessler for a waiver that reduced their fines to $50 each.

The three men argued they did not know who spent the money to get the initiatives on the ballot.

Gessler said the fines would financially hurt the men and discourage activists from being involved in politics. But Gessler detractors said his action undermines disclosure rules.

The ballot initiatives failed.

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Information from: KCFR-AM, http://goo.gl/vE3Bs Link