City of Fruita – A Home Rule Municipality Run by Impersonated Public Officials???

In recent communications with the City of Fruita, VetTheGov learned that the entire City of Fruita City Council, City Manager, City Attorney, Police Chief, Municipal prosecuting attorney, and the Judge have never SUBSCRIBED and FILED their required Oath of Service/Office as stated in their own municipal code!!! So there is no confusion going forward here is the definition of SUBSCRIBE from the Black's Law Dictionary free online Legal Dictionary 2nd Edition: In the law of contracts. To write under; to write the name under; to write the name at the bottom or end of a writing.

The Municipal codes in question are 2.44.010, 2.04, and 2.28.090.


Before entering upon the duties of their respective office, each of the officers named in Chapter 2.04 shall take and subscribe the following oath:

"I,_________________________________, do solemnly swear that I will support the constitution of the United States and of the State of Colorado and that I will well and faithfully discharge and perform the duties of the ________________________________ of the City of Fruita, to the best of my skill and ability: So Help Me God." (Ord. 28 Art. 1, S4 (part), 1907)

Notice the word Before at the beginning of the Municipal code and the word Subscribe that are two very important parts of this Oath requirement. Typically the Subscribed Oath's are then filed with the City Clerk! VetTheGov received an email from the Clerk when requesting these Oath of Service documents and was informed that no Oath of Service's were on file for any of the named Office positions above. VetTheGov was informed that these Officer positions have only taken ceremonial Oath's and never Subscribed an Oath of Service and nothing is on file with the City Clerk's Office. In speaking with Clint Kinney City Manager, he stated he was not required to take or subscribe an Oath of Service since he was appointed and contracted by the City Council. If you are a resident in the City Limits of Fruita, wouldn't you have expected the CEO of your city to uphold the United States Constitution, the Colorado Constitution your city is chartered under, and finally your local Municipal codes that the CEO is in direct charge of making sure they are adhered too??? In section 4.05 in the City of Fruita Charter it specifically calls the City Manager Chief Administration Officer and in section F of the same paragraph gives the City Manager direct authority to see that all laws and provisions of the Charter and Code are properly performed.

The City Manager also believes if he hires or contracts someone out of his office they work for him directly and not the Citizens of Fruita and therefore not required to takesubscribe, and file an Oath of Service. The City Manager specifically noted this in regards to the municipal prosecutor position. The City Manager advised VetTheGov that the Municipal Prosecutor is a contracted position with his office and not required to take an Oath of Service, yet in the municipal prosecutors contract it specifically states the contract is with the City of Fruita and the attorney being contracted as the City's attorney. Municipal Court documents also state that the City can use the City Attorney against you in court. The Municipal prosecutor represents the People of Fruita along with People of the State of Colorado, yet no requirement to uphold the Constitution or much less the City municipal codes they enforce in court. The Colorado Bar issued the following statement in an Ethics opinion regarding attorney's working for a Public Entity: "A lawyer representing a governmental body assumes certain responsibilities of a public or quasi-public official and thus, having the same ethical responsibilities as a public official."

This behavior and thought process cannot be tolerated or the City will continue to forge its given power against the will of its people who give it to them! If left unchecked by the Citizens of Fruita, this behavior will only exacerbate itself at a huge cost to the taxpayers inside the City Limits! 

For the Citizens of Fruita, the law of Colorado typically recognizes the positions that did not meet the requirements in taking the offices in question as Vacant. This is very serious when you have a City Council, the City Manager, City Attorney, the municipal prosecuting attorney, the Judge, and the Police Chief making decisions and enforcing Municipal Codes for your City potentially seen as Vacant. If these aren't specifically spelled out in your Charter then the Colorado Constitution becomes the authority on what constitutes a Vacancy. This question was raised to the Texas Municipal League regarding Oath of Office and since the City of Fruita is a member of the Municipal League it might behoove the City to seek some additional help in defining the word Subscribe in regards to Oath of Office, although the document states to refer to the City Attorney who also must Subscribe an Oath and hasn't! Will make for an interesting opinion! If positions are considered Vacant, then are all the Officers and Appointed Officers Impersonating Public Officials or Peace Officers in their current roles??? Again will make for an interesting opinion! The City of Fruita Charter specifically states if a Council position is found Vacant the Council has 60 days to fill the Vacancy. But what if all the positions are considered Vacant? Can you see the dilemma? 

In a recent records request, VetTheGov was provided only one Oath of Service and it was from a police officer with the City of Fruita but nothing for the City attorney's, Chief of Police, or the Judge. In the attached Oath of Service the City only shows the Oath was administered never Subscribed by the actual person taking the Office!!! In the response from the clerk she states, "There are no written oaths for Judge Brown and Chief Angelo. They gave their oaths at a public City Council meeting. The minutes of the Council meeting are an official record of their promise, or subscription, to the oath." Debra Woods, Deputy City Clerk City of Fruita 325 E. Aspen Ave. Fruita, CO  81521 (970) 858-3663 (970) 858-0210 (fax). VetTheGov spoke with a former Elected City Council official who stated he never Subscribed the Oath of Office only a ceremonial one at a Council meeting! It appears the Judge is appointed and offered a contract every one or two years, so a question surfaces of wouldn't the Contracted Judge be required to Subscribe the Oath of Service every contract interval??? This opens up a huge can of worms for any decisions the contracted Judge would have made during their contracted tenure with no Oath of Office/Service on file! Interesting to note the current City Judge is also a traffic defense attorney. VetTheGov asked the City Manager what checks and balances were in place to make sure there is never a conflict of interest with the Judge. The City Manager's answer was there are no checks or balances in place, only trust in the Judges personal integrity. 

VetTheGov wanting to make sure this is a requirement across the Grand Valley looked into other Home Rule Municipalities such as the City of Grand Junction and The City of Delta. VetTheGov even communicated with the City Attorney for the City of Grand Junction who confirmed they require every Officer of the City (Elected and Appointed) as well as every employee take and subscribe their Oath of Office and file it with their City Clerk. The question arises as to why the City of Fruita doesn't feel the need to meet this same requirement noted above in their Oath of Service? 

99. Oath of Office. City of Grand Junction, CO

Every officer or salaried employee shall, before he enters upon the duties of his office, takesubscribe, and file with the clerk an oath or affirmation to support the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the State of Colorado, and the Charter and ordinances of the City of Grand Junction, and faithfully to perform the duties of the position upon which he is about to enter.

138. Oath of Office–Bond-City of Delta, CO. Every officer or salaried employee shall, before he enters upon the duties of his office, takesubscribe and file with the Clerk an oath or affirmation to support the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the State of Colorado and the Charter and ordinances of the City of Delta, and faithfully to perform the duties of the position upon which he is about to enter. Any officer or employee required to give bond shall not be qualified for his office or appointment until such bond has been duly approved by the Council and filed with the Clerk who shall have custody thereof.

Citizens of Fruita as shown in your City's organizational chart could this mean in the Court's opinion that all decisions ever made without fulfilling the City's Oath requirement be considered erroneous? Could this mean litigation and challenge for any of these previous decisions the City Council or City Officers implemented are invalid? It definitely leaves open the opportunity for challenge! Citizens of Fruita it is time for you to look under the hood and make sure your Elected and Appointed government servants are meeting the requirements set out in your Charter and your Municipal Codes. Citizens of Fruita its time to make sure your Charter reflects the conditions you want your Elected and Appointed leaders to follow! VetTheGov believes if they won't adhere to your own local codes by subscribing to your required Oath of Service, then it must be that they really don't feel obligated to uphold these foundational principles on your behalf! Citizens of Fruita you deserve better!

VetTheGov has reached out to the City Council and the City Manager, as they are now well aware of this situation. Hopefully they will make this right for the Citizens of Fruita's sake!!! Thomas Jefferson said, "At the establishment of our constitutions, the judiciary bodies were supposed to be the most helpless and harmless members of the government. Experience, however, soon showed in what way they were to become the most dangerous; that the insufficiency of the means provided for their removal gave them a freehold and irresponsibility in office; that their decisions, seeming to concern individual suitors only, pass silent and unheeded by the public at large; that these decisions, nevertheless, become law by precedent, sapping, by little and little, the foundations of the constitution, and working its change by construction, before any one has perceived that that invisible and helpless worm has been busily employed in consuming its substance. In truth, man is not made to be trusted for life, if secured against all liability to account." 

Mesa Valley District 51 had a SURPLUS in 2010-2011 of $2.124 Million!

Contrary to popular news flashes and propaganda released by the Mesa Valley School District 51 and their Union TABOR buster handouts, they actually show a Surplus in the recent 2010-2011 Colorado Department of Education (CDE) Total Expenditures and Revenues.  This is after the hotly contested Mill Levy Override requested last year by the District Administration for 3B in which Mesa County homeowners and businesses rejected!  The businesses and homeowners were asked to give up a Starbucks coffee and a movie in return for an increased property TAX and the District pleaded that if the Levy override wasn’t passed schools would close immediately.  To date NO Mesa Valley Schools have been closed and at the January 8th, 2013 school board business round table discussion it was mentioned by a Board member that the District had extra funds available this year as well.

BUT what is interesting as you dig into the PAST you discover A SPENDING Problem during some of our best financial years!!!  Also notice the per pupil funding as it differs often from the low $6,100 you always hear.

Here are the 2010-2011 Totals based on 21,025.2

Total Revenues (Incoming Taxes) $212,037,042.00 or $10,085 per pupil

Total Expenditures (Outgoing Cost) $209,912,512.00 or $9984 per pupil

Surplus (What’s left over after all Cost) $2,124,530.00 or $101 per pupil

Just to completely verify the above numbers as accurate, VetTheGov contacted CDE finance office staff via email. Here is the Exchange:

Hello Theresa,

Questions on Total Revenues vs Expenditures at the District Level.

Do the totals in Table IIB rows J & K for 2010-2011 represent every dime from that District??? Is there any other Expenditures or Revenues not shown here and if not where else would they be???

Do reimbursements for transportation or special needs appear in these calculations???

Mr./Mrs. _____,

It reflects all reported expenditures reported by the districts. If you asking about state categorical funding for transportation and special education? If so, yes the revenue and associated expenditures are reported.

Theresa Christensen | Sr. Consultant Public School Finance | Colorado Department of Education

Since we have been hearing about the dire straight budget constraints over the past few years of recession lets look back a couple of budget cycles.

Here are the 2009-2010 Totals based on 20,996.2 pupils

Total Revenues (Incoming Taxes) $202,371,247.00 or $9638 per pupil

Total Expenditures (Outgoing Cost) $201,300,376.00 or $9587 per pupil

Surplus (What’s left over after all Cost) $1,070,871.00 or $51 per pupil

Here are the 2008-2009 Totals based on 21,041.8 pupils

Total Revenues (Incoming Taxes) $195,144,726.00 or $9274 per pupil

Total Expenditures (Outgoing Cost) $199,263,059.00 or $9470 per pupil

Deficit (Overspent Revenues) $-4,118,333.00 or $-196 per pupil

Here are the 2007-2008 Totals based on 20,241 pupils

Total Revenues (Incoming Taxes) $188,562,683.00 or $9316 per pupil

Total Expenditures (Outgoing Cost) $194,187,598.00 or $9594 per pupil

Deficit (Overspent Revenues) $-5,624,915.00 or $-278 per pupil

Here are the 2006-2007 Totals based on 20,206 pupils

Total Revenues (Incoming Taxes) $179,871,623.00 or $8902 per pupil

Total Expenditures (Outgoing Cost) $194,976,795.00 or $9649 per pupil

Deficit (Overspent Revenues) $-15,105,142.00 or $-747 per pupil

Interesting to Note that in 2010-2011 the CDE administration’s budget was $38.5 Million for 110 Full Time Equivalents (FTE) and has been raised during this recession to just over $80 Million for 150 FTE’s!  So CDE how can you justify 40 new administrators during a recession for twice the previous allocations???  Taxpayers these are the questions you need to ask your elected officials, otherwise the Smoke & mirrors campaign pushes forward!

After following the PAST money trail it appears during the Boom cycles Mesa Valley District 51 Overspent by a large amount and after being over $24 Million in the RED  they finally have their hands around how to budget!  Kudos to the current administration especially Melissa Devita for stopping the bleeding but it leaves many questions as to why the HUGE deficits when times were best and now when times are poor you are actually in Surplus. Mesa County residents these are the questions to begin asking the school board and school administration!  Where have the TARP monies been spent???  Why are you not discussing all Revenues when discussing the budget only State and local funds???  Why do you state that Federal funds are directed to be spent in certain areas when you know that is an untrue statement???  Why did you overspend back in the BOOM cycle???  How much monies from Referendum C did you receive???  Why the ATTACK on TABOR???

Here is the Districts Smoke & Mirror campaign of trying to cover up the past OVERSPENDING issues when State Tax Revenue times were at their pinnacle!!!  Enjoy the Video!

Colorado PERA, TARP Money, and the Politicians

(I’m promoting this for the links to information on key corporate PACs at the bottom. And for the people who want more diversity of opinion on the front page (are you out there, Arapa?) – promoted by ProgressiveCowgirl)

Have you have ever wondered why there never seems to be a difference in Washington DC politicians? It’s because our tax money and their decisions are convoluted with Federal & State Pensions and Big Corporations, especially Large Investment Banks.

VetTheGov as stated in our last story on the School budgets has followed the Colorado Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA) pension fund all the way to the top TARP recipients. PERA’s portfolio has a large portion of it’s assets with many of the listed TARP companies. The connection to Wall Street and then on to the Politicians will have many of you scratching your heads.  In following the money trail of many State pension funds that are accessible online or via the Security & Exchange Commission website search engine, VetTheGov discovered a common theme. We are talking TRILLIONS of invested Tax dollars being poured into large corporations ranging from Oil & Gas companies, to large investment banks, the Tech sector, and everything in between.  

Why does VetTheGov use the word tax dollars for personal pensions by the public sector? Well because the Public Sector is mostly funded from your taxes right? What if you are a Public Sector Employee that gets matching retirement funding from the Local, State, or Federal government agencies you work for? In reality it is a two for one because the public sector salary is tax funded in which the employee contribution is tax money and then the matching contribution is agaain tax money. These pension funds are produced 100% by your tax dollars and currently fund many publicly traded companies such as Exxon Mobil, Microsoft, JP Morgan, Pfizer, Chevron, and many more including the top TARP recipients.

Here are the Top TARP recipients: AIG-$70 Billion; Citigroup-$50 Billion; General Motors-$50 Billion; Bank of America-$50 billion; JP Morgan-$25 billion; Wells Fargo-$25 Billion, Ally Financial-$17 Billion; Chrysler-$14 Billion; Morgan Stanley-$10 Billion; Goldman Sachs-$10 Billion; PNC Financial-$7.6 Billion; US Bancorp-$6.6 Billion; GMAC LLC-$5 Billion; Suntrust Bank-$4.85 Billion; Capital One-$3.55 Billion; Regions Financial-$3.5 Billion; Fifth 3rd Bank-$3.4 Billion; American Express-$3.4 Billion; BB&T-$3.13 Billion; NY Mellon-$3 Billion; and Keycorp-$2.5 Billion.  Keep reading, as the lines are dotted below!

So where do you think the concept originated of investing Public Sector money into publicly traded corporations? Under the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidency who hired the organization Hewitt Associates which has recently been acquired by AON, which in Gaelic means, “Oneness.” Hewitt Associates was the only firm involved in the task force that designed and implemented the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). ERISA created a new government agency/corporation called Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC).  PBGC is a small government agency/corporation that employs over 900 federal employees with $460 Million in expenses. This federal government corporation insures individuals keep their pensions when corporations go bankrupt. The current financials show a NET financial position of negative -$23 Billion.  

Why such a close look into pensions you ask? VetTheGov believes many are very vulnerable Nationwide and globally and will eventually cause either the greatest depression of all time or create the highest taxes of all time or both. Using the accounting rules currently allowed there are many questions and information in these pension funds left unanswered. If you combine Social Security, Medicare, and Pensions all together it is no wonder Obama Care was born! Obama Care gives government control of the coming 10,000 monthly Baby Boomers soon to retire and start receiving Social Security benefits, Pensions, and Medicare that will completely overrun our entire big government and big corporation scheme!  It will make abortion numbers look acceptable when our elderly population begins to disappear because the cost is way too high to keep them alive. Keep an eye on the many band-aides yet to come. The debt ceiling is just one of the many to follow! Here is a great asset vs. liability State-by-State comparison on Pensions.  

This video by CBS 60 Minutes describes the coming Pension Tsunami at the State level. Speaking of Pension Tsunami’s please visit their website to learn more of this crisis. Please take the time to educate yourself on this topic, as it will help make sense through all the smoke and mirrors by the media and the politicians. This website will give you California’s top pension recipient’s where the number one retiree receives over 500K annually.

How are the politicians benefitting and involved in this entire pension scheme? Well your tax dollars get funded right back to these politicians and you would be surprised which elected officials receive these dollars through the many corporate campaign donations. VetTheGov visited the Federal Election Commission’s search site and entered the top TARP recipient’s company name. You will see names like Chris Dodd, Barney Frank, Nancy Pelosi, Charles Schumer, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Richard Santorum, Mark Udall, John McCain, Charles Rangel, Jason Chaffetz, Tom Tancredo, Herman Cain, and many many more and some TEA PARTY surprises too! Can you say Michele Bachmann?  All of your favorites are buried in these reports somewhere with major contributions given to both political parties!

Here is AIG’s PAC report –  

Citigroup’s PAC –

General Motors PAC –

Bank of America PAC –

JP Morgan Chase PAC –

Wells Fargo employee PAC –

Ally Financial PAC – See above GM PAC but note Ally is 72% owned by the Treasury Dept. and formally known as GMAC finance arm.

Chrysler PAC –

Morgan Stanley PAC –

Goldman Sachs PAC –

Goldman Sachs other PAC –

PNC Financial PAC –

PNC Financial other PAC –

PNC Financial yet another PAC –

US Bancorp PAC –

GMAC LLC PAC – See above General Motors PAC. 

Suntrust Bank PAC –

Suntrust Bank Florida PAC –

Capital One PAC –

Capital One other PAC –

Regions Financial PAC –

Fifth 3rd Bank PAC –

American Express PAC –


Bank of NY Mellon –

Keycorp –

VetTheGov completed the vicious money circle of your fine tax dollars at work. Hopefully now you are aware of the games from the government and who along with the many corporations try to protect each others interest in the scheme against you the American taxpayer. The protection given or implied is usually misguided/misleading media or talking heads in Washington DC, your State capital cronies, and your local government elected officials.  

The programs mentioned in this story are unsustainable models and why the government is over $14.3 TRILLION in debt with no end or slow down in site! VetTheGov wanted to show you how all your tax dollars get co-mingled with Corporate Americas publicly traded companies and the United States Federal Government.  Do you think they really have your best interest in mind? 

VetTheGov again hopes this information was helpful and would love to hear any additional thoughts you may have or just a comment you may want to share.   

BIG Governments appetite for Fossil Fuels!

VetTheGov just returned from a trip to Australia and was dumbfounded by the hypocrisy of its government regarding pollution and energy consumption. Australia is definitely the poster child for how a government controls pollution from its businesses, citizens, and visitors, right? Think again! Be on the lookout as the United States is watching Australia closely so they can bring forth their Cap & Tax scheme soon!

VetTheGov read an interesting article while in Australia regarding the governments Do as I Say not as I Do energy policy and consumption. When your government becomes the leading employer, largest asset owner, and dictator of all policy, they can’t help but be the leading energy user. What’s interesting to note is that the environmental justice groups are beginning to focus their attention on government. Surely a move the government was hoping to deflect with all the renewable energy programs implemented on the backs of the taxpayers. Australia lead the way with wind energy but look at all the hassles they now face such as noise pollution! Note: When walking around all the larger cities in Australia it was difficult to avoid all the second hand smoke. It appears Australians love tobacco and the government is enjoying the tax benefit! Also take note of the heavy handed fist used by the government to curb social behavior! If this is the case for tobacco then why aren’t they using the same tactic to combat AIDS???

Industry specific areas of Australia seem to have different standards placed upon them. For instance, VetTheGov passed a sugar mill complex and couldn’t help but notice two large smoke stacks spewing dirty pollution from them. See picture below! This is a $1.75 Billion dollar industry for Australia and no doubt the government is looking for new revenue streams from this industry. No Worries is a favorite saying in Australia and the government uses this to their benefit as you will see by the coming Carbon Tax soon to pass in the next couple of weeks.

Bringing this full circle back to the States and locally in Colorado, our government is consuming so much energy that the fight against the energy producers will intensify. In case you need more evidence of the energy used by government here is a great breakdown of the Department of Defense daily dose! Quick breakdown for those not reading the link: 2009 consumption of delivered 932 Trillion Btu’s cost $13.3 Billion; emitted 73 Million tons of CO2; Use 360,000 barrels of oil daily.

For an idea of local energy government expenses, Mesa County spent $236,544.87 in energy and fuel related expenses in April 2011 alone. If you multiply over an annual basis this equals over $2.8 Million in energy cost! This total does not include all other related expenses such as air travel and travel reimbursements. VetTheGov must point out cost for the social justice program GVT which had cost of fuel and service fees from local tax dollars in April alone of $148,714.08. The City of Grand Junction uses somewhere in the neighborhood of $3.5 Million annually! If we add in all the school district and State government energy expenditures you can you see how quickly the need for Fossil Fuels arise for our government. 

So the question of the moment once again, is the government concerned with your usage of energy more than they are concerned with their own usage? VetTheGov believes government wants you to curb your very small appetite for energy because they need more than you! Remember the next time you hear a story on energy, it should directly relate back to our government’s use rather than yours! 

Another Colorado Mesa County GOP Mistake

Since Colorado Pols is pointing out GOP candidates that were poor choices by the establishment I feel obligated to share my homework based on this quote in another story by pols:

In both cases, the GOP has time to find new challengers, but both will start considerably behind where they would have been had Dick Wadhams done his homework and recruited serious candidates to begin with. Which leads to the next logical question, one we think you’ll be hearing as more GOP “great hopes” either drop out or are shown to be laughably poor choices in the coming weeks: is this what Democrats are supposed to be afraid of?

I agree on the homework part and have researched all candidates for HD54 because I too am tired of machine picked candidates that fall flat on their faces later. Here is my story of such a candidate and yes I stamped my name on it.

The problem is the GOP has no spine to ask a candidate to get out of a race in order to save face. It could also be that the candidate is so sure of himself and thinks he is bullet proof. In any case I thought my job as a voter was to perform my own research since the GOP won’t so I can make a logical educated decision to support a candidate. I did this and placed all my homework on one particular candidate on a website that needs to get out of the race. His name is Robert “Bob” Hislop Secret Service Hair spray guy that just moved to the western slope just over 3 years ago. See my homework at  

Here is a recap of all the current issues Bob has never attempted to answer exept one and that one he has lied over and over about it or just blamed his competitor Ray Scott as negative campaigning.  You can’t make this stuff up:

1.  Currently involved in possible campaign contributions ethical violation involving the Association of Former Agents of the United States Secret Service.  Apparently Bob used the non-profit’s forum and asked the association to blast out an email (confirmed this did happen) to the entire membership asking for donations to his campaign. Investigation TBD but information posted on

2.  Bob states on his website he ran a financially strong association but raised dues almost 50% then took the board to Hawaii all expenses paid for annual conference. Funny thing about the conference is K Wayne Mcleod was there to present his Ponzi scheme to the membership (see number 3 below).  They supposedly paid him 15K to present.  Bob also lost 210K this last fiscal year in the same investment account he stated he didn’t lose any money.

3.  Currently involved in huge Ponzi scheme investigation in which K Wayne Mcleod just committed suicide last week over possible $34 miilion dollar scheme.  Bob’s treasurer Doug Fabel while he was President of the retired agents association also was on the board of directors for Mcleod’s company.  There is talk of Conflict of Interest and even payment to get the retired agents 800K investment account. It looks as though this 800K is in jeopardy. FBI and SEC are investigating. Remember Bob plays a radio commercial with the Sheriff and DA of Mesa County endorsing him.

4.  Was implied to have helped distribute Crack Cocaine and accused of lying under oath.  Read entire story at… Bob’s brother was deeply involved in the drug arena.

5.  Stated he has protected five President’s during his secret service career but has recently come out from another agent he was a desk agent and never on PPD assignments.  13 years in Denver desk duty to boot.  He has also mentioned he was supervising the duty desk when President Reagan was shot. Funny because I found the Reagan archive of all agents involved that day and no Bob Hislop mentioned. I have also found out that he was never even a supervisor during his tenure.

6.  Found posting pictures and making an RID (Republican Independent Democrat) comment on a website that raises money for Democratic Delegates of Colorado.  Told the Sentinel he liked the idea of being a Wolf in Sheep’s clothing. My thought is if he was a Democratic candidate and they found him on a republican website helping them raise money for their cause the Dems would go nuts.

7.  Just recently endorsed by Colorado WINS. Dems will like the endorsement but remember District 54 has been strong Conservative Republican for over 70 years.  Bob calls himself a Reagan Conservative Republican.

8.  Also received the Colorado Medical Society endorsement for standing up for Obama care.

9.  Most of his campaign contributions from out of the district. You can why from number 1 above.

So yes Colorado Pols this is what you find out when you do your homework. The problem is no one is paying any attention so what does it matter. Everyone will call me an activist right winger etc etc but I will take it in hopes of getting a better vetting process and hopefully wake up some voters.  If a candidate looks good and sounds good but has a very questionable past but they are electable and can raise money they join the club and get the machine behind them.  I personally just got involved in politics and it is a crying shame with the leadership not only of the state GOP but also our own Mesa County chapter of the republican party.  There needs to be a vetting system in place.  I am sure Bob Hislop didn’t like mine but enough is enough.

Before you all throw me under the bus all I have to say is I did what I thought I was supposed to do before placing my support with a candidate.  However the candidate I didn’t support has lied and lied and lied and lied unlike anything I have ever seen.  You must admit that we are all tired of politicians on both sides lying to us!  The other problem I have had is that I have called out a candidate to prove my homework false and he has only responded with taking the high road but won’t discount my homework.  I have called him out on his religious views and he won’t even stand up for it.  Stand up for what you believe!  It’s called character and it appears Bob Hislop is lacking in this area of his life.

Bob Hislop: The Smoking Gun

(What you’re really going to see here is a FAILed attempt at gotcha journalism by a right-wing Republican (and one who claims to want to end “self serving political agendas) who is trying to damage the campaign of another Republican running in HD-54. You can read the notes in the comments for more info, but there was no law broken here — not even close. – promoted by Colorado Pols)…

The Ethics Violation and Broken Laws:

What you’re going to see here is Bob Hislop himself using an online forum to raise funds for his campaign. The law that’s been broken comes into play not because he was raising funds, but because the forum Bob used was a Non-Profit forum. It’s from the AFAUSSS message board. This is a private chat forums which allows it’s members to chat amongst themselves. AFAUSSS is a 501(c)3 organization, which is strictly prohibited in promoting a candidate. Looks like Bob feels he’s above the law though.

Here’s the funny thing about this piece you’re about to see. I met with Bob during Parker Days. He and I sat in a sandwich shop, he bought me a soda, and we talked about him and his race. Near the end of our converstation, I through out a “hypothetical” to Bob. It went something  like this…

Me: So I’m working this story that I have a candidate that may have raised funds illegally. He apparently went onto this online message board, that’s owned by a non-profit, and solicited funds from people all over the country. Is that a violation?

Bob: Yes it is. It’s a major violation if someone were to do that.

Me: So in you’re view they’d be in violation of the law. If this were to come out, during the election, should that person drop out of the race?

Bob: It would be hard for them not to. It would be a serious ethics violation and they would probably be in some sort of legal troubles.