Do you have $1,039,673 extra this month? We found out who does!

Who spends over $1,039,673 to oppose funding for schools that are funded less than Mississippi and Alabama?

Well, there’s the guy on committee as the registered agent and then there’s the address on the committee.

A quick trip to the County Assessor’s website shows that it isn’t the registered agent who owns that townhouse.

It’s a man named Alan Philp, according to his many bios, as he appears to be working at a number of dark money extreme organizations: “Philp is a seasoned political and public affairs operative with 20 years of experience running candidate and issue campaigns in 18 states.  A former Policy Director to Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Deputy Chief of Staff to Colorado Governor Bill Owens. During the 2010 election cycle, Philp served as Regional Political Director for the Republican National Committee, overseeing a nine-state region in the Southwest United States, North Dakota and Alaska. In 2007-08, he served as Regional Political Director for the Romney for President primary campaign, overseeing a 10-state region that included Florida and several states in which Romney was victorious, including Colorado, North Dakota and Alaska. His experience with the RNC and the Romney campaigns equips him with a wealth of political and professional contacts in nearly 20 states. Philp previously served as Executive Director of the Colorado Republican Party; ran one of the first large 527 political efforts in the post-McCain-Feingold era; served as Research Director for Republican media firm The Murphy-Pintak-Gautier-Hudome Agency; and served as Research Director for Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform.”

More interesting reading from the Colorado Independent archives here:

https://www.coloradoindependent.com/tag/alan-philp/

Trailhead Director May Face Criminal Charges

For months Colorado Confidential has been reporting on the various misdeeds and assorted escapades of the Trailhead Group, a Republican political committee that has raised millions of dollars in efforts to boost the candidacies of Republican candidates around the state.

Trailhead has engaged in some questionable accounting of its funds and has been accused of running misleading advertisements, and one of those charges has finally caught up with Trailhead director Alan Philp. Colorado Confidential’s Cara DeGette reported on the possibility of criminal charges against Trailhead several weeks ago, and it looks like those charges have come to fruition.

As The Denver Post reported today:

Alan Philp, executive director of the Trailhead Group, is expected to be charged criminally this morning in El Paso County for airing a political ad that was “recklessly and willfully false,” according to a Trailhead attorney.
Attorney John Zakhem, who represents Trailhead, a conservative campaign group organized by Gov. Bill Owens and wealthy Republicans, confirmed that Philp will be charged this morning.

Attorney Scott Gessler, who is a friend of Philp’s, said in an e-mail, said he will be charged with a misdemeanor for recklessly or willfully making a false statement intended to influence an election.

“This is the first time to my knowledge that this charge has been (filed) by a district attorney,” Zakhem said…

The folks on the #YesonAmendment73 campaign have been fundraising since February and have raised a total of $682,666.30.

Yet these folks had an extra $1,039,673 in one month just lying around to use to oppose educating children and paying education staff?

Our schools have cut art and specials programs, electives, mental health professionals, are tested to the extreme to prove schools are doing good work, have to answer to hundreds of unfunded mandates, moved to 4 day school weeks, play on playgrounds that can’t be repaired because they’re so old, learn in schools where raw sewage backs up, can’t participate in sports programs because of structural issues, have exposed children and staff to lead until districts can afford to repair old pipes, need new door locks to prevent intruders to keep our children and staff safe, and our youth suicide rate is double the national average. Etc., etc., etc….

Sounds like the Blank Check, Blatant Deception Folks are the only ones WITH blank checks and money to spend as they wish.

The choice is simple, choose kids and schools.

If you’d like to see the full list of who contributed money opposing education, you can download that here or check the Colorado Secretary of State Tracer – NoCampaignContributions10.22.18