Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, August 29, 2013
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg personally donated $350,000 to the group fighting the recall elections against the two Colorado state senators who voted to support the state’s new gun control laws.
According to KDVR, Fox’s Denver affiliate, campaign finance paperwork filed Tuesday showed that Bloomberg wrote a personal check to Taxpayers for Responsible Democracy, the organization that is fighting on behalf of State Senate President John Morse (D-Colo. Springs) and State Sen. Angela Giron (D-Pueblo). KDVR notes that the check was received by the group last week.
Bloomberg is the co-founder of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a coalition of mayors throughout the U.S. who support increased gun control measures in the country.
“We want to thank every single one of those supporters, from Mayor Michael Bloomberg to the people who gave 5 or 10 dollars,” Jennie Peek-Dunstone of Pueblo United for Angela told KDVR. “They all play a role in fighting back against the ‘wave of fear’ that the recall proponents want to send across the country.”
While the pro-Second Amendment National Rifle Association has backed the recall efforts, contributing more than $108,600 to try to unseat the incumbents in the Sept. 10 election, that might not be enough to oust Morse and Giron. Gun control advocates have filled the campaign coffers of Morse and Giron, donating more than a million dollars collectively for the two campaigns according to their campaign finance reports.
Earlier this month the recall efforts were almost derailed when a court ruling found a conflict between the state’s constitution and a newly-passed election reform law, giving election officials less than a month to formulate a plan to accommodate in-person voting. Election officials had originally hoped to conduct the elections via mail.
Nearly 14,000 Coloradans between the two districts signed petitions calling for recall elections of the two lawmakers. Supporters had tried to recall two more state senators who voted for the state’s new gun laws, but ultimately failed to collect enough signatures.