by Pam Zubeck
From the "do as I say, not as I do" file, El Paso County Commissioner Peggy Littleton on Tuesday scolded Sheriff Terry Maketa for accepting a donation to his department from Jeffrey and Julie Sveinsson, who run Cannabicare, a medical marijuana center, the Gazette reported Tuesday.
She said during the meeting she didn't think it was proper for Maketa to accept a donation from someone who owns a medical marijuana business.
The Gazette quoted her as saying, "I didn't want to be part of a perceived conflict of interest, since the sheriff oversees those businesses." She then voted against allowing the sheriff to accept the donation. Three other commissioners favored it, however, with Dennis Hisey absent, and the motion passed.
Well, now we learn from the Secretary of State's website that Jeffrey Sveinsson donated $1,000 to Littleton's campaign on Oct. 21, 2010, about two weeks before the election. (Type his last and first names into the appropriate fields, select "Individual" for donor type, and hit "Search.")
For his part, Maketa didn't see anything wrong with accepting the money to help him enforce laws, saying Sveinsson "appreciates our deputies and the fact that they were courteous and professional," according to the Gazette. He also called Cannabicare "a legitimate business right now."
Of course, as a commissioner, Littleton doesn't enforce laws that could affect the MMJ industry — but she serves on a body that imposes regulations on it.
We've asked Littleton to comment on her accepting a donation from the very person she thinks shouldn't give to the sheriff's department. We'll let you know what she says, if she responds, that is.