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PHIL WEISER AND THE DARK MONEY GROUPS SUPPORTING ATTACKS ON JOHN KELLNER ARE NOT TELLING YOU THE TRUTH

John Kellner Will Not Strip Away Any Reproductive Rights

Phil Weiser has falsely claimed John will try to strip away rights, but when pressed by 9 News moderator, Kyle Clark, Phil can’t give a single example. Colorado deserves an Attorney General who will tell the truth.

John has consistently said on the campaign trail that he will defend Colorado’s Reproductive Health Equity Act if it is challenged in court and that he would fight against efforts by other states to criminalize abortion access in Colorado. His opponent’s campaign is based on fear-mongering that abortion access is an issue in the AG’s race – it is not.

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John Kellner has always supported and advocated for gun safety

Contrary to attack ads claims, John has been a longtime advocate for gun safety laws. Just this past year he fought to keep our streets safe by closing loopholes that allowed dangerous convicted felons to possess firearms.

John’s efforts were joined by chiefs of police from across the state as they advocated to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felony car thieves and drug dealers. Meanwhile, the current Attorney General fought against this common-sense approach to community safety.

John Kellner Will Protect Colorado’s Consumers

Phil Weiser claims that John has no positions on, expertise in, or plans for consumer protection. He is just wrong. John’s experience in consumer protection began in the Marine Corps, where as a judge advocate he worked to protect servicemembers from consumer fraud and predatory lending. As a District Attorney, John has led on education and prevention to stop scammers from taking advantage of our citizens. Recently he hosted the Senior Law & Safety Summit to educate and protect our seniors and partnered with local businesses to prevent scams.

The truth is that throughout the pandemic Colorado paid out over $73 million of Coloradoans hard-earned money to fraudsters, and the incumbent Attorney General has failed to get that money back. Now, Coloradans face higher premiums and payments because of that failure.

As a former cold case prosecutor, John Kellner knows how to investigate and prosecute some of the toughest cases out there. John Kellner will not shy away from ensuring Coloradans are protected from even the most sophisticated fraudsters.

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John Kellner Does Question The Current Attorney General’s Recent Settlements

A recent investigative report highlighted the incumbent Attorney General at a $1,000 a night resort in Maui attending a conference sponsored by “more than a dozen” corporations that Phil Weiser has sued, settled, or is currently in litigation with. As Chris Toth, the former executive director of the National Association of Attorneys General, a quasi-governmental organization that provides training and resources for AGs stated in that investigated report: “Could some of these settlements have been higher? Perhaps. Perhaps not. But when you’re taking things from the people you’re suing and investigating, it certainly creates a very, very troubling perception.”

John believes that transparency is critical to building public trust. At a time when trust in our institutions is low, Colorado needs an Attorney General who will prioritize transparency and honesty. Recently, John co-led a bipartisan group of public safety leaders in launching data transparency dashboards, the first project of its kind in the entire country.

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John believes the people of Colorado should demand the same transparency from the Attorney General's office.

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Videos

Republican John Kellner Announces Plans To Run For Colorado Attorney General

CBS Denver

January 28, 2022 | 00:18 min

John Kellner on Dobbs, Abortion, and Colorado law

While at the Attorney General debate with Kyle Clark
9News Denver

Tuesday, October 18th, 2022

What Rights are at Risk if John Kellner is Elected?

Phil Weiser has run a dishonest campaign based on fear, claiming John will strip away rights if elected. When pressed by Kyle Clark, he couldn’t name a single one
9News Denver

Tuesday, October 18th, 2022

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John Kellner runs for AG on skyrocketing crime in Colorado as central issue, as Democrats run away from it

36 min

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Jimmy Sengenbeger Show 10-22-22 Hr3

Oct 22, 2022 | 38 min

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The Deborah Flora Show September 16, 2022

September 16, 2022 | 44 min

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*FULL SHOW* Biden’s student loan scam; John Kellner; Are polls useful

Oct 24, 2022 | 1 hr 46 min

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DA John Kellner on why he is running for CO AG and crime in the state

August 4, 2022 | 15min

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CO GOP Attorney General Candidate John Kellner on Crime and Gov’t Power

Oct 24, 2022

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The Steffan Tubbs Show

January 28, 2022 | 42:07 min

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John Kellner, DA (18th District) announces GOP run for Attorney General

The Dan Caplis Show

January 22, 2022 | 35 min

John Kellner, D.A. fpr the 18th judicial district, enters the race as Republican candidate for Attorney General to challenge Democrat incumbent Phil Weiser in the upcoming 2022 election, calling out the current A.G. on skyrocketing crime rates in Colorado. He joins Dan to discuss his decision to run.

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John Kellner, 18th District Attorney on making fentanyl possession a felony

March 13, 2022 | 7:49 min

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The George Brauchler Show

March 9th, 2022 | 40:39 min

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Brauchler 8-17-22 8am

August 17, 2022 | 42:52 min

The George Brauchler Show – The D.A. of the 18th Judicial District, John Kellner, joins George to talk about a national program that is stopping human trafficking and sex crimes.

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Articles

ENDORSEMENT: Crime fighter John Kellner for Colorado AG

The Denver Gazette

Oct 2, 2022

The Colorado attorney general’s race this fall comes down to a simple choice between a prosecutor and a professor. With an unprecedented crime wave engulfing our state, we’ll vote for the prosecutor.

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Officials announce another fentanyl-related indictment in Colorado

By: Blair Miller , Meghan Lopez | Posted at 4:53 PM, Jul 06, 2022 and last updated 7:24 PM, Jul 06, 2022

DENVER – The 18th Judicial District Attorney and a DEA special agent on Wednesday announced another eight people had been indicted in connection with a fentanyl distribution ring in the Denver metro area.

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9 Questions for Attorney General Candidates Phil Weiser and John Kellner

5280 DENVER'S MILE HIGH MAGAZINE

Robert Sanchez | October 4, 2022

5280 sat down with both candidates in the tight race to discuss fentanyl, crime, reproductive rights, and other issues that the top law-enforcement official in the state will face.

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PERSPECTIVE: The hidden cost of auto theft

The Gazette

John Kellner | Oct 9, 2022 Updated Oct 10, 2022

Last month, I co-led a bipartisan group of eight district attorneys in launching data dashboards that shed new light on how the justice system operates. While each district attorney approached this project with similar goals — to improve the justice system through increased transparency — I wanted to use the data to better understand crime trends and how we can take action to safeguard our communities.

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Colorado’s district attorneys push for new law to crack down on auto thieves

CBS Colorado

By Shaun Boyd | UPDATED ON: SEPTEMBER 27, 2022 / 12:39 PM / CBS COLORADO

Candace Boggs thought her scootering days were over when she finally scraped together enough money for a 2016 Kia, but 5 days after she bought the car, it was stolen.

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Colorado Attorney General candidate John Kellner pledges to lower ‘unprecedented’ crime

The Fort Morgan Times

By Brian Porter | PUBLISHED: October 17, 2022 at 3:38 p.m. | UPDATED: October 17, 2022 at 4:51 p.m.

The rural reaches of all four corners to the Front Range of Colorado will become safer through a focus on advocacy for victims, tougher penalties on repeat offenders, and by embracing law enforcement officers, candidate for attorney general Republican John Kellner said Monday in a campaign call with The Fort Morgan Times.

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Cable TV provider who donated $40,000 to Colorado AG Phil Weiser was treated differently in probes

The Denver Gazette

By David Migoya The Gazette | Oct 27, 2022

Dozens of people with ties to Dish Network ponied up nearly $40,000 in campaign contributions to Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser — many of them giving for the first time — just before, during and after the company was the focus of a deceptive trade practices inquiry that began in 2021, campaign records show.

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Anti-Hunting Measure Highlights Bizarre State Of Colorado Politics

Forbes

February 2, 2022 | Chris Dorsey

Not long ago, Denver could have been the literal manifestation of Ronald Reagan’s, “shining city on the hill.” It was a place with safe neighborhoods, reasonable governance, clean air and water, a strong economy and education that ranked among the best in the nation, and a Rocky Mountain high that had nothing to do with legal weed.

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Colorado’s AG is AWOL on skyrocketing crime

Colorado Politics

January 27, 2022 | John Kellner

Colorado has fallen victim to an out-of-control crime wave due in large part to misguided statewide laws that handcuff law enforcement and prosecutors, while ensuring criminals stay on our streets.

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John Kellner, a Republican district attorney, enters race to be Colorado’s next attorney general

Colorado Public Radio

January 27, 2022 | Allison Sherry

Republican District Attorney John Kellner said Thursday he is running for state attorney general against incumbent Democrat Phil Weiser.

Citing the state’s crime rate, Kellner said he is running because he wants to take a role in getting Colorado out of its “crime tsunami.”

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Republican DA John Kellner announces campaign to unseat Phil Weiser as Colorado attorney general

Sentinel

January 27, 2022 | Max Levy

AURORA | Eighteenth Judicial District Attorney John Kellner, a Republican, announced Thursday he will run to unseat Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser this fall.

Kellner said in a news release that Weiser has “failed” in his first term and will run on a platform of making Colorado “safer.”

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Republican District Attorney John Kellner to challenge Democratic Attorney General Phil Weiser for the seat

The Denver Post

January 27, 2022 | Saja Hindi

Arapahoe County District Attorney John Kellner, a Republican, has announced his decision to run against Democratic incumbent Phil Weiser for attorney general in this year’s election.

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Attorney General Phil Weiser draws challenge from Republican DA John Kellner

Colorado Politics

January 27, 2022 | Ernest Luning

Republican District Attorney John Kellner, the top prosecutor in Colorado’s 18th Judicial District, declared on Thursday that he’s challenging Democratic Attorney General Phil Weiser, who is seeking a second term.

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Opinion: How we stop fentanyl distribution rings

July 1, 2022

Crime and public safety is a central and growing concern across the nation and here in Colorado. Fentanyl remains the single biggest public safety issue facing our state. While steps were taken at the state Capitol this year to try and address the situation, those steps did not go nearly far enough.

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GUEST COLUMN: Fentanyl crisis needs stronger legislation

March 24, 2022

Since 2015, Colorado has suffered 1,578 fentanyl deaths — a number equivalent to the enrollment at Denver South High School — and amounts to a staggering 1,008% increase. Since 2019, the increase in fentanyl deaths in Colorado has outstripped every state except Alaska — surging 382% during that time. Nationally, overdose deaths from opioids exceeds homicides by 307%. In 2021 alone, more than 800 Coloradans lost their lives to fentanyl.

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