Man voids complaint over finances in campaign

A campaign finance complaint filed against House District 54 candidate Bob Hislop was dropped Friday.

The Grand Junction man who filed the complaint, Kevin King, agreed to drop it after he was scheduled to be deposed by Hislop’s attorney, Erik Groves.

At the same time, Hislop will not pursue a counterclaim against King and his GOP primary rival, Ray Scott, Groves said.

Neither Hislop nor King returned calls for comment, but the two issued this joint statement:

“Upon further investigation and inquiry, Mr. King has determined that Bob Hislop has not violated Colorado campaign finance law and is not aware of any other wrongdoing by Mr. Hislop or his candidate committee. Mr. King has withdrawn his complaint against Mr. Hislop.

“Although we may have very strong opinions as to the proper direction of the state and nation, we agree that all future discussions in this race need to focus on the issues in the race and the candidates’ abilities to serve Mesa and Delta counties. We believe this brings this matter to a close and we look forward to continuing a spirited debate on the issues that are important to the voters.”

Scott also didn’t return a call for comment Friday.

The issue began when King, a staunch Scott supporter who has spent much time campaigning against Hislop, filed a complaint with the Secretary of State’s Office this week. In that filing, King said Hislop improperly solicited campaign donations from the Association of Former Agents of the United States Secret Service.

Hislop and Groves, however, said the two-page complaint has no basis in law and appeared to be filed at a time when district voters had begun to receive mail-in ballots for the Aug. 10 primary.

Hislop is a retired Secret Service agent and former president of the association.

A hearing on the matter before an administrative law judge had been set for Wednesday in Denver.


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