Why? Because he knew what they said.
Carrillo tells the Fort Collins Coloradoan:
"Was I aware that we were getting notices? Yes. Was I negligent on opening those? Yes. Why? Because I assumed they said, 'You need to file your reports,'" he said in an interview with the Coloradoan.
Ah, yes, procrastination at its finest.
Every political party and campaign participating in state elections is required by law to provide information listings donors and expenditures to the Colorado Secretary of State's office. This is usually the responsibility of a group's treasurer. Turnover within the Larimer County GOP had apparently left the role unfilled in the midst of campaign season.
But when the delinquency letters from the state were forwarded to Carillo, he chose to ignore them. Not a good idea. By December, the fines were accruing at a rate of $700 a day.
Carillo resigned over the screw up on February 28. But at least he isn't resorting to finger pointing.
"I know it sounds like I wasn't doing my job, which was the case," he told the Coloradoan.