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Ethics commission deems complaint against Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters “non-frivolous”

An ethics complaint about Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters can move forward, the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission ruled Tuesday.

Mesa County activist and politics blogger Anne Landman filed the grievance about Peters, alleging that the Republican clerk violated the state constitution by soliciting and accepting gifts over the $50 annual limit, including from Mike Lindell, CEO of MyPillow and 2020 election conspiracy theorist.

The Colorado Independent Ethics Commission did not publicly discuss the complaint, only identified by number, except to vote unanimously, 4-0, in in favor of declaring it non-frivolous. Peters will have at least 30 days to respond before the commission conducts any further investigation.

The actions of Peter and others in her office, including Deputy Director Belinda Knisley — who is on leave and facing criminal charges in another case — are under investigation by state and federal authorities in connection to a potential election security breach. A lawsuit from the secretary of state’s office in August resulted in a judge barring Peters and Knisley from overseeing the Nov. 2 election in Mesa County, but the case is ongoing after counterclaims that Peters and her team filed. The secretary of state’s office filed a second lawsuit against Peters this month related to alleged campaign finance and contribution violations.