DENVER – After an embarrassing run-in with a Revealing Politics blogger, AFL-CIO backed school board candidate Julie Keim (Larkspur) is making a last-ditch effort to rile up Douglas County liberals for her school board candidacy.
In a complaint to the Colorado Secretary of State dated October 17, a letter alleges that the Douglas County School District officials were in contact, via email, with “political groups and individuals currently engaged in the DCSD school board race.”
According to the Fair Campaign Practices Act (FCPA), local government entities, including school districts, are not allowed to make contributions to people running for office.
Keim said that the exchanges between “cabinet level personnel AND these political groups and individuals… [are] evidence of DCSD’s use of district resources” such as “personnel and computer systems.”
“Douglas County School District (“DCSD”) has violated the FCPA by using district resources to support a slate of candidates running for Douglas County School Board,” according to the filing.
According to the Secretary of State’s office, campaign finance claims such as Keim’s are sent to an administrative law judge, and then referred back to the Secretary of State for a final decision.
The DougCo school district filed a response to the complaint through an attorney, providing evidence that they did in fact respond to all of Keim’s requests.
Critics argue that Keim’s complaint has little merit and is nothing more than a last-minute attempt to rattle cages before election day.
Apparently, Keim has spent a significant portion of her time submitting multiple complaints as her candidacy nears its end.
According to Kevin Larsen, Vice President of the Douglas County Board of Education, the filing is “a patently frivolous political stunt masquerading as a complaint.”
“Ms. Keim expects district staff to spend their days as her personal research team rather than having them focus on the business of educating more than 65,000 students. Over the last 14 days, Ms. Keim has submitted 39 separate questions and open records requests,” continued Larsen.
According to Larsen’s statement through an email exchange, the district responded to all of Keim’s requests.