Fraser " Concerned Citizens fined $7,050 |

Fraser " Concerned Citizens fined $7,050

Autumn Phillips
Grand County, Colorado

The Concerned Citizens ” the group that led the petition drive to recall three Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District board members ” has been fined $7,050 by the Grand County Clerk and Recorder’s office for failing to file reports disclosing contributions and expenditures.

A letter from Grand County Clerk Sara Rosene along with an invoice for the fine is dated Jan. 9, 2009, and addressed to Viki Bale, registered agent for the Concerned Citizens.

Rosene fined the group according to a state statute that says “any issue committee whose purpose is the recall of any elected official shall file a committee registration with the appropriate officer within 10 business days of receiving its first contribution.”

The group was fined $50 per day for failure to file three separate reports, according to the letter from Rosene.

The letter says the Concerned Citizens filed its committee registration on Dec. 19, 2008. The registration was due Oct. 16.

The Concerned Citizens filed its Contributions and Expenditure report on Dec. 24, 2008. The report was due Oct. 31.

According to the County Clerk’s invoice, the $50 per day fine began on Oct. 16, 2008, based on the first day the group received a contribution or spent money ” Oct. 1.

A second Contributions and Expenditures report was due on Dec. 1, 2008. The Concerned Citizens were also fined for missing that deadline.

The Clerk’s records show that Chris Bergquist gave the Concerned Citizens $10,000 of the group’s total contributions of $12,768.50.

The group used $9,500 to pay its attorney, Mark Rudis. The next largest expense for the Concerned Citizens was $813.14 spent on T-shirts. The rest of the funds were spent on printing, advertising, summons and legal filings.

Of the fine, Bale said, “We received notice of this fine and we are in the process of appealing.”

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