May 7, 2013 1:59 PM by Juice Godfrey

Ethics panel says Gessler can form defense fund

DENVER (AP) - The state's ethics commission says Secretary of State Scott Gessler can establish a legal defense fund, as investigations continue into whether he improperly used taxpayer money to attend GOP events.

The Denver Post reports the commission voted 3-2 Monday to allow him to form the fund, made of private contributions. The panel's two Democrats voted against it.

The Denver District Attorney and the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission are investigating Gessler's use of money from his office's discretionary fund to attend a conference of the Republican National Lawyers Association during the week of the Republican National Convention in Florida.

Gessler has denied wrongdoing.


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