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Ex-Colorado GOP chair took nearly $280,000 in pro-Trump PAC funds, complaint says

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the World Arena in Colorado Springs on Feb. 20, 2020. (Mark Reis, Special to The Colorado Sun)

A complaint filed by a body that regulates state attorneys alleges that former Colorado Republican Party chair Ryan Call took nearly $280,000 from a super PAC supporting former President Donald Trump while Call served as the political action committee’s treasurer.

Colorado Politics reports that the June 2 complaint by the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel claims Call transferred the money to himself in 37 transactions between 2016 and 2019.

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The funds allegedly were taken from Rebuilding America Now PAC, created in 2016 by former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort and Tom Barrack, a real estate investor.

The complaint was filed before the state Supreme Court’s presiding disciplinary judge. It alleges that Call failed to report a $1 million contribution to the PAC for more than two years.

Call did not respond to emails, phone calls and texts seeking comment, Colorado Politics reported.

A hearing on the complaint will be set after June 28, when a response from Call is due, according to Colorado Newsline, which first reported the allegations.

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Call, according to the complaint, was fired from the Denver-based law firm Hale Westfall in 2019 after it learned he had a secret contract with the PAC paying him $5,000 a month for “political strategy and fundraising support and assistance,” Colorado Politics reported. Firm partner Richard Westfall didn’t respond to a request for comment, Colorado Politics reported.

The complaint contends the committee in 2019 replaced Call as treasurer and ended a legal representation agreement with Hale Westfall after he allegedly failed to produce records requested by the PAC’s assistant treasurer and legal counsel. Current PAC chair Chris Marston declined to comment, Colorado Politics reported.

Call chaired the Colorado GOP from 2011 to 2015.

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