Correction: June 25, 2010: GOPs have three-way race to replace Rep. Mike May

In the June 25, 2010, article about the Republican primary race in House District 44, the length of time that John Ransom was reported as serving as Douglas County Republican Party chairman while being a paid staffer on former state Sen. Tom Wiens’ U.S. Senate campaign was misstated.

According to FEC campaign reports, Ransom was compensated by the Wiens campaign for work performed in November and December 2009, not for a period of “several months” as reported in the story. Ransom tendered his resignation as county GOP chair on Dec. 30, 2009, effective the following day.

According to the FEC report, Ransom was compensated $2,500 by the Wiens campaign on Dec. 2 for work performed in November. He was compensated $1,250 on Jan. 1, 2010 for work in December.

It was also reported in the story that according to a rumor, Ransom had been accused of using party money to pay Chris Holbert to run the four winning candidates’ campaigns in a local school board race. Holbert said that he didn’t receive a dime from the party — he’d raised funds for the candidates from outside heavy hitters and was later compensated by the candidates.

Ransom said that campaign finance reports for the school board elections also confirm the inaccuracy of the charge.

The Colorado Statesman regrets the errors and apologizes to the parties involved and to our readers.

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