Anti Gunners Spending Over $2 Million to Support Senators Being Recalled in Colorado
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For all the flack the NRA gets about influencing political campaigns with funding, something very different is happening in the Colorado recall election.
State Senators John Morse and Angela Giron are both facing recall elections over their support of restrictive new gun control earlier this year.
Based on the campaign spending numbers so far, it seems that the anti-gunners are FAR exceeding the spending by the NRA.
According to the NY Times, billionaires Michael Bloomberg and Eli Broad have each donated over $250,000 to defending the anti-gun senators during the recall bid.
The NRA’s contribution so far – a comparative paltry $109,000 which was mainly used for mailers.
According to the Times,
The influx of money has allowed each side to claim that its opponents are being manipulated by outside interests. One advertisement by the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners said Mr. Morse was taking “marching orders” from the “billionaire playboy” Mr. Bloomberg. A fund-raising e-mail from Senator Gillibrand called the election “a wrongful recall by the N.R.A.”
Colorado’s vote is being watched closely around the nation as a litmus test of how voters respond to new gun measures in a swing state with an ingrained culture of hunting, sport shooting and gun ownership.
“There’s symbolic importance to both sides,” said Eric Sondermann, a political analyst in Denver. “If they’re recalled, it would be interpreted as a rejection of the gun control agenda, a rejection of what Colorado passed. If these two prevail, then maybe that’s one more nick in the armor of the N.R.A. and the gun advocates.”
The recall election is scheduled for later this month.