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Former chair of Colorado GOP accused of embezzling $280K from pro-Trump PAC

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Ryan Call (Image source: KUSA-TV video screenshot)

The former head of the Colorado Republican Party has been hit with a complaint that he allegedly siphoned off nearly $280,000 for his own personal use from a political action committee that supported former President Donald Trump.

What are the details?

Colorado Newsline reported that Ryan Call, an attorney who served as Colorado's two-term GOP chair from 2011 to 2015, is accused of embezzling $278,169.45 from Trump super PAC "Rebuilding America Now" between 2016 and 2019.

The outlet reported that Call, who did not return multiple requests for comment, is no longer licensed to practice law in Colorado and purchased a home in Utah following his termination by Denver law practice Hale Westfall in 2019.

The complaint also claims that Call did not report a $1 million contribution from Los Angeles billionaire Geoffrey Palmer for more than two years after receiving it in October 2016.

The Hill noted that the complaint, filed June 2 by the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel, "alleges that Call 'knowingly misappropriated' funds for the PAC." It also cites 37 separate times Call allegedly transferred contributions to himself in transactions spanning from September 2016 to January 2019.

According to KUSA-TV, "Rebuilding America Now" was founded by former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and prominent pro-Trump real estate investor Tom Barrack.

The Colorado station noted that Call opposed Trump for re-election in 2020.

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