Statehouse Dems Under Fire for Alleged “Illegal Fundraiser”

February 29, 2012
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BROOMFIELD, CO – A conservative advocacy organization, Compass Colorado, alleged today that Democrats in the State House were hosting an “illegal fundraiser” for former State Representative and current legislative candidate Dianne Primavera, who is running for House District 33.

The fundraising solicitation sent from Primavera’s campaign email account, and included in the Compass Colorado press release, listed former state Rep. Anne McGihon as a co-host, as well as current House Democratic officials such as House Minority Leader Mark Ferrandino.

As McGihon is currently registered as a lobbyist at the state Capitol, she is barred by law from soliciting donations for a legislative candidate while the Legislature is in session.

“It’s reprehensible that Mark Ferrandino and his caucus are willing to break the law to take back the House,” said Tyler Q. Houlton, president of Compass Colorado. “This type of corruption has no place in Colorado politics.”

Primavera’s Republican opponent, Dave Pigott, said: “If the allegations are true, they are a cause for concern.”

While avoiding heaping blame on Primavera, as Pigott said he did not know all the details of the situation, he said it seemed at first glance as a “somewhat careless” mistake.

Emails to McGihon, Primavera and Ferrandino seeking comment were not returned. Primavera’s staff member listed on the fundraising solicitation declined to comment when reached by phone.


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