Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold wanted private security due to threats. A council of state said no. – Boulder Daily Camera

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A Political Action Committee chaired by Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold wanted state approval to pay for private security as it received more threats after the 2020 election. independent ethic from Colorado unanimously said no.

The committee, made up of current and former Colorado attorneys, said the request violated Section 29 of the Colorado Constitution, which is a code of ethics for public servants.

The proposal was officially tabled by the Democratic Association of Secretaries of State PAC, which urged the commission not to view the security payment as a gift, but rather as a benefit to the state due to the growing volume of threats. He also said the payment could come from the association itself, a different political organization, a non-profit organization or an individual.

But members of the commission were concerned that security would be used for all official Griswold events – including his re-election campaign or other political events, such as Colorado Politics reported for the first time.

Election officials across the country have reported an increase in threats over the past year, particularly due to unsubstantiated allegations of rampant fraud in the 2020 election.

Griswold told the Post on Sept. 15 that female secretaries of state appeared to be the main target, including herself, Jocelyn Benson of Michigan and Katie Hobbs of Arizona. This summer, the US Department of Justice and the FBI launched a task force to investigate physical threats against state and local elected officials.

“I think part of that is that we stood up for the right to vote, very publicly pushing back against the voter suppression that we’re seeing across the country,” Griswold said.

Griswold said it was difficult to keep track of the large number of social media comments and emails she received calling for her death in various ways – and the threats grew more intense. But she reiterated that ‘we won’t be intimidated’ and said something had to happen before this became the new normal.

Sen. Dominick Moreno, chairman of the Colorado Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee, said he had informal conversations with Griswold’s office about a separate security-related funding request as part of the budget process. , but no request was submitted.

The secretary of state’s office is also in preliminary discussions about a possible security-related bill next year, but Griswold’s office did not provide details.

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