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Lift Vodka Caught in the Middle of Colorado Election Turmoil


Lance Armstrong, Zach Naditz and Joe DiSalvo. (Photo: Boost Vodka/Facebook)

Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo is currently under investigation by the Colorado Department of Revenue for his ties to Lift Vodka. It is unclear why the investigation was started, but it may be related to DiSalvo’s conflict of interest as a political figure.

The Lift Vodka brand was founded in 2020 by Lance Armstrong, Zack Neiditz and DiSalvo. It is sold as a small batch corn vodka using 100% aspen tap water.

Sometime last week, state officials contacted Lift Vodka’s office seeking company documents related to DiSalvo. The purpose was to investigate DiSalvo’s relationship with the vodka brand.

Suzanne Karrer, a spokeswoman for the state’s tax department statement “This remains an active investigation, and as such, as per policy, we cannot comment.”

Lift Vodka’s general counsel, Avery Nelson, said the state’s request was not unusual, but it usually occurred after a complaint was made against a liquor license holder.

Challenger Michael Buglione argued that DiSalvo’s involvement in Lift Vodka meant he was not committed to the sheriff’s office. However, DiSalvo insists that his only involvement is to get 5% of Lift Vodka in a handshake deal. This means that if the brand sells, he will get part of the profit. Comment. Although, Lift Vodka’s wholesale license does not list DiSalvo as a member of the company.

Brione has assertion “In order to be an owner you must also have a liquor license, you can’t say ‘I’m a part owner’ instead of a liquor license” and “[DiSalvo] He has been admitted as a part owner in the past, so that means he needs to hold a license. ”

Although, Colorado law requires a license only if an individual owns at least 10% of the company.

There may also be concerns about giving away 5% vodka brands. Under the code of ethics in the Colorado Constitution, public officials and employees may not accept gifts in excess of $59. This rule does not apply to employees gifted by personal friends or relatives on special occasions. Disalvo claims that he is Armstrong’s friend, so in this case this rule does not apply to him.

DiSalvo’s involvement was also a topic earlier this year.

Back in July, Buglione supporter, former Aspen Mayor and former County Commissioner Mick Ireland claim “[DiSalvo] Thought it would be okay to solicit the sale of his Lift Vodka to local bars and restaurants. Joey was quoted in the Aspen Times as an individual who “dragged down” vodka to local establishments. “

It’s unclear how DiSalvo’s association with the vodka brand will affect the upcoming November Pitkin County Sheriff’s Election.

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