Current Secretary Of State to Moonlight at Old Firm
Scott Gessler, Colorado's new Secretary of State, will supplement his relatively low income of $68,500 from the state, with a part-time job at the Hackstaff Law Group, a firm well-known for its elections and campaign law focus.
''To the extent he is working for his old firm and his old firm is dealing with the secretary of state's office, it creates a real conflict,'' said Elena Nunez, program director at Colorado Common Cause. ''In some cases it may just be the appearance of conflict.''
According to Gessler, ''If they ask me where a file is or something like that, I'm obligated to at least point that out. But if they're asking for a strategy that implicates the secretary of state's office, I won't do that. And they wouldn't do that, anyway.''