Thursday, June 11, 2020
CONTACT: Ian Silverii, Executive Director at [email protected]

DENVER: Responding to disclosure in news reports that the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel has begun a formal investigation of alleged misconduct committed by Colorado Republican Party Chairman Ken Buck, who also serves in Congress representing the 4th District of Colorado, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest multi-issue progressive advocacy organization who initiated the complaint against Buck, released the following statement:

“We’re pleased to see that the Office of Attorney Regulation is investigating this clear case of serious misconduct by Congressman Buck,” said Alan Franklin of ProgressNow Colorado, who filed the original complaint. “The Republican volunteer whom Buck demanded commit this crime knew what he was being asked to do was wrong, and as a licensed attorney and a former prosecutor Buck has a higher obligation to not engage in such deception. Knowingly submitting a false affidavit to the state to qualify a candidate for election is not just a crime, it’s a breach of integrity that disqualifies Buck from further service: to Colorado Republicans as chairman, or the people of Colorado in Congress.”

“As a former prosecutor, Ken Buck knows you can’t lie on a sworn affidavit,” said Ian Silverii, executive director of ProgressNow Colorado. “Buck’s disregard for both the letter and spirit of the law in order to qualify favored candidates for the ballot who didn’t receive enough votes to make it is a grave threat to the integrity of Colorado’s elections. Once again, we see the party that complains about election shenanigans is the only party committing them. Just two years ago a former Colorado GOP state chairman was sentenced for election fraud, and now Ken Buck has attempted to introduce further fraud into the 2020 Republican primary. We have to get to the bottom of the culture of lawlessness and misconduct in the Colorado Republican Party, and this investigation is the place to start.”

On June 3, 2020, the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel responded to ProgressNow Colorado’s request for an investigation requiring Buck to respond to the allegations set forth in the complaint within 21 days. The letter to Buck from the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel may be viewed here.