An investigator with the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission determined Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler did use state funds to to attend a Republican National Lawyer’s Association meeting. A plane ticket and $1,278.90 in expenses for the RNLA meeting were paid for with state funds. Gessler also attended the Republican National Convention while in Florida, but used campaign funds for expenses other than the plane ticket.
The report released Wednesday is a finding of fact, not a determination whether Gessler’s actions were unethical.
The report also indicates previous secretaries of state used portions of the annual $5,000 discretionary fund for similar purchases, including one who claimed the entire amount as income on their W-2.