Document shows Weld County commissioner’s wife involved with dark money recall group

The Greeley Tribune: Months-long speculation into the forces behind a dark money group formed to recall a sitting Weld County commissioner may have ended quietly Saturday morning with an address change filing by the group.

The person who filed the document: Rebecca Koppes Conway.

The group, 5767 Task Force, was formed May 9 ahead of an attempt to recall Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer, and it contributed $14,500 to that recall effort — money it received from another dark money group, People United for Responsible Government.

Both groups are 501(c)(4) organizations, meaning they are allowed to keep their donors secret. A campaign finance complaint filed by Kirkmeyer following The Tribune’s reporting on the 5767 Task Force led to a $975 fine for the group and forced it to reveal its donors.

But there has never been any clarity into who actually runs the group, save for the group’s former filing agent, Lori Hughes. That changed about 6:30 a.m. Saturday, when Koppes Conway, the apparent new filing agent, put in an address change for the group.

Koppes Conway, a former juvenile court magistrate, is married to Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway, who has had a long-running feud with Kirkmeyer, a feud that led to an independent investigation of Conway’s behavior toward county staff, kept Conway out of a leadership position on the board and saw Kirkmeyer accuse Conway of sending anonymous, quasi-threatening letters to a variety of Weld County officials.

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