Corporations Surprised to Find They’re Funding Dem Recall Opposition

July 26, 2013
More than a dozen corporations now find themselves as funders of the Democratic opposition to the recall, thanks to their donations to Mainstream Colorado

More than a dozen corporations now find themselves as funders of the Democrat opposition to the recall

DENVER—When officials at the Colorado Wyoming Petroleum Marketers Association made a donation earlier this year to Mainstream Colorado, they didn’t realize they were getting involved in a contentious recall election over firearms.

But the association and a dozen other corporations now find themselves as funders of the Democrat opposition to the recall, thanks to their donations to Mainstream Colorado, the Senate Democrats’ 527 fundraising arm.

Mainstream Colorado has poured more than $21,000 into Pueblo United for Angela, the group defending state Sen. Angela Giron (D-Pueblo), which has raised about $93,000 as of its July 1 financial-disclosure statement.

Mainstream Colorado has also donated $17,000 to A Whole Lot of People for John Morse, the committee supporting Senate President John Morse (D-Colorado Springs), which has collected more than $160,000 as of July 5.

Grier Bailey, government-affairs manager for the petroleum marketers’ association, said taking sides in the recall wasn’t the organization’s intent.

“We didn’t make the contribution with any intent of influencing the recall election one way or another,” said Bailey.

He noted that the group’s donation came in January, before the recall drives were launched over the state legislature’s votes in favor of gun-control bills in March.

The group also donated to the state House Republicans, he said.

“While I understand the Senate Democrats are using the aggregate funding, that’s not necessarily why we contributed to them,” said Bailey. “We don’t take a position on gun legislation one way or another.”

Recall organizers were surprised to see that Walmart contributed $2,500 to Mainstream Colorado. Walmart sells, among other things, firearms and ammunition.

Walmart spokeswoman Delia Garcia noted that the company made its donation in January, before the gun-control bills or recalls were on the state’s political radar.

“Walmart’s sole contribution to Mainstream Colorado was in January 2013 for sponsorship of a legislative dinner event hosted by Senate leadership. To suggest anything else would be inaccurate,” said Garcia in a statement.

Still, the Walmart donation does sting a little, said Victor Head, president of Pueblo Freedom and Rights, which is running the Giron recall effort.

“It’s unfortunate. I like Walmart. My girlfriend works at Walmart,” said Head.

Lara Rezzarday, spokeswoman for Waste Management’s Four Corners Area, said the company made $1,000 contributions in February to Mainstream Colorado as well as the House Democrats and House and Senate Republicans.

“We were unaware that the group donated to fund any recall election efforts,” said Ms. Rezzarday in an email.

Mainstream Colorado has raised more than $213,000 this year on behalf of the Senate Democrats. The committee’s registered agent is Julie Wells, who was also the agent on more than two dozen so-called “blueprint” fundraising groups that helped flip the state legislature from Republican to Democrat over the past few election cycles.

Wells, who lists Cadiz, Ky., as her address, “is the go-to agent for start-up liberal and Democrat organizations in Colorado,” said Media Trackers in a Feb. 14 article.

“Since 2006, Wells has registered 27 different campaigns, political non-profits, and other strategic liberal organizations which have all served a specific purpose within the left’s network across the state,” said the article. “Most of these organizations are created and dissolved in the very same election cycle and several are shut down before any official financial or data reports are required.”

Most of the corporate donations appear on Mainstream Colorado’s April 15 financial-disclosure report and were made before the recalls kicked into gear. Those include donations from Black Hawk Riviera Casino ($25,000), Kroger ($2,500), PHARMA ($25,000), AT&T ($5,000), Kum & Go ($5,000) and Safeway ($2,500).

Contributions made in June, after the recall effort was launched, include those from Racing Associates of Colorado ($50,000), Colorado Public Safety Fund ($5,000), and the Colorado Chiropractic Association ($2,500).

EDITOR’S NOTE:  The original version of this story erroneously listed the Colorado Chiropractic Association’s contribution amount as $5,000

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13 Responses to Corporations Surprised to Find They’re Funding Dem Recall Opposition

  1. Ron
    July 25, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    I will not be using any of the corporations that donate to the fascist liberal organization Mainstream Colorado. I also will not be attending any event that Racing associates of Colorado is a party to. Were in a fight people, give no aid or comfort to the enemy.

    • July 25, 2013 at 7:31 pm

      Agreed. None of us will be patronizing any of the above businesses until they make this right. The “we didn’t know” excuse does not hold water. They donated to the Democrats of the state of Colorado knowing darn well that they were infringing on the rights of the citizens. If they have money burning the holes in their pockets, there are many charities that could use their help, they can put it back into the benefits of their employees or they can just lower their prices that they charge We the People.

  2. Paul
    July 25, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    I am a chiropractor in Littleton. I just found this out. The Colorado Chiropractic Association just confirmed to me verbally over the phone that the donation was directly and knowingly to defend John Morse’s defense of his recall. The reasoning? Because he is ‘friendly’ to chiropractic, and the donation was not in support of gun laws. Well, whether directly or indirectly, this donation will go toward subverting our gun rights, so as a result, I WAS a member of this association until 5 minutes ago, no longer. I will not give up or ignore my HUMAN right to self defense just so a sleazy politician will ‘like’ my profession. This sickens me. Please, anyone who is reading this, chiropractors do NOT support gun control, this is our stupid association that is supposed to be representing us. The majority of my colleagues that I know do not support gun control. I will never give the CCA another dime, nor attend any of their sanctioned education events again.

  3. Frank DeFilippo
    July 25, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Why should outfits like the Colorado Wyoming Petroleum Marketers Association be surprised. When you sleep with dogs, you get fleas. Did they expect Kate Upton?

  4. July 25, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Honestly, I get sick to my stomach when I think of how many corporations pay off politicians for their consideration. Does this mean they would they pay the Third Reich off if they needed support for their legislation and/or regulatory issues?

    This is our question to and the response from the Colorado Chiropractic Assn on Facebook. If you use a Chiropractor in the State of Colorado, I suggest you make sure you know what your payments may be funding.

    We would like you to clarify your purpose in contributing $5k to Mainstream Colorado in June. Is it your Association’s stance to support the fight against the voters of Colorado Springs and Pueblo in their effort to recall their legislators? —

    Their Response:
    Cca Chiro First of all the donation was $2,500 – reported incorrectly by the Observer. The CCA Legislative Committee supported the Democratic party as a whole with this donation since they are currently in control of both the house and senate in Colorado and we need their support for chiropractic legislation and regulatory issues. The CCA is non-partisan and has contributed to candidates and groups of BOTH parties in Colorado.

  5. July 25, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    “While I understand the Senate Democrats are using the aggregate funding, that’s not necessarily why we contributed to them,” said Bailey. “We don’t take a position on gun legislation one way or another.”

    Sir, you’ve taken a position whether you intended to or not. You supported that party who told us to sit down and shut up.

  6. July 26, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    The Colorado Chiropractic Association Legislative Committee and Lobbying team agreed on this approach to assist us with working in the Democratic held House and Senate in Colorado.

    This article is incorrect on the amount – the CCA gave $2,500.

    As a nonpartisan association – we have also given donations to many Republican and Democratic candidates and groups.

    • Fred Porter
      July 26, 2013 at 7:10 pm

      “agreed on this approach to assist us with working in the Democratic held House and Senate in Colorado.” I believe you are confessing to BRIBERY with this particular statement. Everybody knows that groups and individuals donate to various parties and candidates for that very reason however, it’s something that is virtually impossible to proove unless you are dumb enough to CONFESS!

    • SPQR
      July 27, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      That’s makes all the difference …

      uh, not.

    • lindareis
      July 28, 2013 at 6:08 pm

      the $2500 you gave to democrats was not used for lobbying. I liken it to money given to the IRS for the deficit and they use it to make party videos..

  7. SPQR
    July 27, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Remember when the Democrats pretended that it was the other guys were the party of corporations?

    Yah, it was never true.

  8. barbincolorado
    August 9, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Soooo if I buy a billboard in Colorado stating that CCA gave money to John Morse and Angela Giron, would it be a lie? Billboards, a way to get people to at least see the truth whether they agree or not.


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