Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tancredo Ads Expose Dan Maes as Fraud, Con Artist

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO—Congressman Tom Tancredo, candidate for governor, today released a TV ad featuring a former Maes supporter. In the ad, Freda Poundstone, 83, talks about how Maes deceived and then defrauded her.

“Dan Maes not only conned me out of my money, he lied to me about his background,” Poundstone says in the ad. “And he deceived my friends and myself about his conservative principles.”

Poundstone gave money to Maes after he told her he needed help paying his mortgage, though Maes later denied asking for such a gift. He claimed Poundstone’s money was a campaign contribution but never reported it on campaign finance filings, and cash contributions larger than $100 are illegal. Maes has refused to accept Poundstone’s challenge to take a lie-detector test.

“I’ve had so many people call me and ask, ‘What kind of man would do that to an 83-year-old lady?’” says Poundstone in the ad.

Maes has a record of violating campaign finance rules. He has been fined more than $17,000 by the Secretary of State’s office for improperly reimbursing himself from his campaign account and filing campaign reports late.

Tancredo also released a hard-hitting radio ad this week drawing attention to the scandal-plagued GOP nominee's well-documented pattern of deception on the campaign trail.

“First, Maes was fired from his job as a police officer and then he lied about being an undercover agent with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Then Maes lied about being a successful businessman. Now Maes refuses to release his 2009 tax return, but he admits to taking illegal cash contributions from an 83-year-old woman,” the ad explains.

“One Republican leader after another has withdrawn their support for Maes and is supporting conservative independent Tom Tancredo.”