I just caught a very interesting TRACER filing pertaining to the El Paso County GOP, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and allegations of missing money. 1/

In August of this year, the EPC GOP (which has long been riven by infighting between two separate and distinct cohorts of far-right extremists) brought Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene to be the keynote speaker at their annual fundraising dinner. 2/
The event was controversial--on account of the keynote speaker being seditious and whatnot--and turnout seems to have disappointed organizers. EPC GOP chairwoman Vickie Tonkins accused prominent Republicans of boycotting it. 3/
Today, the county party's vice chair, Kurt Schneider, filed a complaint with the Secretary of State's office alleging that political contributions associated with the Marjorie Taylor Greene fundraiser were not accurately tracked, and seemingly cannot be located. 4/
I'm working my way through the complaint and attached documentation, which includes a string of emails and at least one statement by @cologop chair Kristi Burton Brown.

First, here is the full text of Schneider's complaint. 5/ #copolitics
From the first attached document, we can tell that the flag was raised on the missing funds by at least October 1st, in an email with the subject line "Very Disturbing Phone Call - Re: Lincoln Day Dinner."

@ColoGOP chair was one of the recipients, so she was aware.#copolitics 6/
It's hard to tell without full context, which the attached documents do not provide, but this email seems to be the EPC GOP's treasurer alerting others in the command chain that something was 'off' regarding the silent auction at the Marjorie Taylor Greene fundraiser. 7/
The next document is from @coloGOP chairwoman, Kristi Burton Brown, who had been looped-in presumably to mediate.

This wasn't the first time this year Brown mediated a conflict in the EPC GOP. Back in February... 8/ #copolitics
...Brown weighed-in to help mediate a dispute between Tonkins and other members of the county party. What was the dispute about?

It was about Tonkins wanting to hire the local militia to "guard" campaign events. 9/ #copolitics coloradopolitics.com/news/el-paso-c…
Interestingly, something we didn't know in February but have learned since (due only to court documents) is that Kristi Burton Brown had literally been the LEADER of that militia until the previous month.

I kid you not. coloradotimesrecorder.com/2021/10/court-…

10/ #copolitics
But that's all backstory as to why Brown is a particularly, uh, troubled choice to mediate in this newer dispute.

Back to the documents (which are not in chronological order and I was wrong about the Kristi Burton Brown doc being next--we're getting there). 11/ #copolitics
On October 12, John Pitchford--the Treasurer who had raised the flag in the 10/1 email--resigned.

We don't have the emails to know how it escalated behind the scenes, but it was clearly something the Treasurer could not sign his name to. #copolitics 12/
The next/last document attached to today's complaint is a letter Kristi Burton Brown sent to the EPC GOP executive committee. It is undated, but references Pitchford's 10/12 resignation.
#copolitics 13/
The KBB letter fills in at least two gaps that the emails left open:

First, we now know that Vickie Tonkins *denied* her treasurer's request for an accountant to investigate the missing funds.
14/ #copolitics
Much more interestingly, we learned that the funds in question seem to total roughly FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS. #copolitics 15/
These are the steps, laid out by Brown in her letter to the EPC GOP executive committee, that the state party will take in response to this situation. 16/ #copolitics
Unfortunately, there's not a particularly succinct conclusion here, as this drama has literally just burst into public view, but there are questions which need answers, and potentially even some crimes.


Alright local media, the ball is in your court. 17/17
Update/correction: the letter is FROM the executive committee TO Brown.

Which kind of makes me wonder what action Brown has taken since being informed of this 7 weeks ago.
(UPDATE: letter is to, not from, Brown, but it’s contents remain the same)

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As more came out about the Tina Peters investigation, I went back through my archives to reassess some of the weird signals that the luminaries of Boebert-world were putting out there this summer, and let me tell you...

It's like Burn After Reading meets Deliverance.
I am not a lawyer, and I imagine a lot of what I've put together here will be confirmed or debunked by the (checks notes) federal investigation into these matters sooner or later, so take my pronouncements with a grain of salt (this tweet will stop me from being sued, right?) 2/
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I think a cabal of local QAnon wingnuts with deep ties to Lauren Boebert spent too much time on Facebook and convinced themselves to commit federal election crimes.

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