DENVER - A Denver judge has rejected Secretary of State Scott Gessler's appeal in an ethics complaint.
Colorado's Independent Ethics Commission admonished Gessler for using state funds for travel to a GOP elections law conference in Florida in 2012. While there, Gessler also attended the GOP national convention, for which he used campaign funds to pay for. Commissioners noted the state money paid for his plane trip to both events and levied a $1,500 fine against him.
Gessler appealed the commission's finding, maintaining that he did nothing wrong.
But District Court Judge Herbert L. Stern affirmed the commission's decision on Wednesday.
Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert tells the Denver Post (http://bit.ly/1cUROW0 ) that Gessler likely will appeal again.
Gessler has repaid the state about $1,300 but has not paid the ethics fine.