Bloomberg backs Colorado senators facing recall
By Alex Murray
DENVER, Colorado: Two state senators who are set to be subject to the first recall elections in Colorado history have found a famous supporter on the east coast.
As station KDVR reported on Tuesday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I), the founder of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, donated $350,000 to a committee opposing the recall of Democratic Sens. John Morse and Angela Giron, who were targeted by pro-gun activists over their involvement in recent gun control legislation. Taxpayers for Responsible Democracy also received a $250,000 donation from Eli Broad, a philanthropist who founded the companies KB Home and SunAmerica.
This is not the first time that Bloomberg and Broad have contributed to out-of-state causes; in this year's Los Angeles school board elections, they respectively donated $1 million and $250,000 to the Coalition for School Reform.
Bloomberg is not the only notable political figure from outside of Colorado getting involved. Former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords (D), who survived a mass shooting in 2011, heads a group that released an ad supporting Morse. Kirsten Gillibrand (D), a U.S. Senator from New York, also heads a political action committee that issued a fundraising email supporting Giron.
Anti-recall campaigns have been vastly outraising pro-recall groups as of late. Since June 30, A Whole Lot of People for John Morse raised over $630,000 while Recall John Morse raised under $12,000. (The group that initiated the Morse recall itself, the Basic Freedom Defense Fund, is a non-profit and has thus not issues a donation report.) Giron's group, Pueblo United for Angela raised over $687,000, with Pueblo Freedom and Rights, the group behind her recall election, raising under $25,000.
The recall elections will take place on September 10. The ballot for each election will ask voters whether the respective senator shall be recalled, and if so, who should fill the vacancy. Former Colorado Springs councilman Bernie Herpin (R) is running to succeed Morse, while retired Pueblo deputy police chief George Rivera (R) is seeking to replace Giron.
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- KDVR, "Bloomberg gives $350K to Morse, Giron recall defense," August 27-28, 2013.
- The Washington Times, "Bloomberg arms anti-gun lawmakers in Colorado with $350,000 to group," August 28, 2013.
- Los Angeles Times, "Outside groups trying to influence L.A. school board races," February 10, 2013.
- Los Angeles Times, "School board candidates debate Bloomberg's $1-million donation," February 14, 2013.
- Talking Points Memo, "Bloomberg Donates $350,000 To Fight Colorado Recall Campaigns," August 28, 2013.
- Talking Points Memo, "Giffords’ Gun Group Launches Ad Backing Dem. In Colorado Recall Fight," August 21, 2013.
- Talking Points Memo, "Gillibrand Fundraising For Colorado Legislator Facing Recall Over Gun Vote," August 27, 2013.