Gessler, Stapleton: No conflict from side jobs

DENVER — Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler and state Treasurer Walker Stapleton say their side jobs at their old firms won’t present any conflicts of interest.

Gessler, who oversees elections, will continue working for the Hackstaff Law Group, a firm prominent in election law cases. He says he will ask clients to release their names. If they refuse, he says he won’t work for them.

Stapleton says his real estate investment firm doesn’t do business in Colorado and the state doesn’t invest in equities.

Luis Toro, director of the watchdog group Colorado Ethics Watch, says elected officials are full-time state employees and taxpayers need to know more about their outside work arrangements.



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