Walker Stapleton on Government Reform
Great Colorado Payback: find lost bank accounts
The Great Colorado Payback, which seeks to reunite residents with missing belongings, is the way most people think about the state Treasurer's Office, if they think about it at all.
Stapleton sees the program--which returned more money during his
tenure than all previous years combined--as one of his better known successes. Democrats, however, hope to turn that popularity against him by convincing voters the program has been mismanaged.
The Great Colorado Payback started in 1989 as a way to
tell people about all the unclaimed property the state keeps, such as the contents of forgotten safe deposit boxes and bank accounts.
When Stapleton took office in 2010, he established a tradition of timing his TV ads with March Madness, the spring
college basketball tournament. And that's when things took off. The program grew from about 60,000 claims per year to nearly 140,000 in 2017. The size of the staff and its methods for processing claims, however, remained the same. The result was a mess
Source: Denver Post on 2018 Colorado gubernatorial race
, Aug 26, 2018
Ended hired petitioners when one surfaced as not registered
Stapleton learned a Colorado Springs-based petition gathering firm he hired, Kennedy Enterprises, used a contract worker who was not registered to vote in Colorado. By state law, only registered voters qualify to gather petitions.
Stapleton says the firm previously assured him all petition workers qualified. Upon learning otherwise, he abandoned the petitions instead of preparing to defend them in a potential court challenge.
Source: Colorado Springs Gazette on 2018 Colorado gubernatorial race
, May 21, 2018
Page last updated: Sep 24, 2018