Despite the reputation that the NRA enjoys on the Left as an omnipotent force that is capable of destroying anything and everything in its path, in Colorado at least, the money is on the other side. As The Colorado Observer reports:
More than $2 million has been amassed to defeat the recalls of Morse and Giron on Sept. 10.
Taxpayers for Responsible Democracy raised $708,000 – mostly from billionaire philanthropists including $250,000 from Eli Broad of California and $350,000 from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Of that sum, $270,000 was contributed to Pueblo United for Angela and $150,000 to A Whole Lot of People for John Morse.
We Can Do Better 527 committee raised $395,000, mostly from unions, and transferred $248,681 to other We Can Do Better committees, and paid nearly $100,000 to Washington, D.C. –based The Strategy Group.
Giron and Morse claimed organizers of the successful petition drives were amassing huge sums of money from outside interests. Though Americans for Prosperity and National Rifle Association have made independent expenditures, the recall issue campaigns have operated on shoestring budgets.
Pueblo Freedom and Rights, organized by three plumbers, raised $24,206 and spent $26,702. Just 23 percent of that money went to out-of-state vendors, including $5,000 paid to Texas-based Lamar Advertising to rent a billboard in Pueblo.
El Paso Freedom Defense Fund raised $19,750 in cash contributions, and every cent was spent in Colorado. I Am Created Equal gave in-kind contributions of $64,368 in-kind contributions for the recall petition circulators. The El Paso Freedom Defense Fund terminated its existence Wednesday.
Committee to Recall John Morse was recently formed and raised $10,200 – all but $100 from Colorado members of the Basic Freedom Defense Fund. The committee spent $9,470 – all in Colorado.
A total of $54,156 spent to recall Morse and Giron compared to $2 million to fight it.
More money than that has been spent on the pro-recall side — although not a huge amount. The Gazette, which serves the Pike Peaks and Colorado Springs region in Colorado, notes that:
The NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action has spent $108,667, through its own front committee to unseat the two senators who supported gun-control measures last session.
Americans for Prosperity is also spending money on advertisments in favor of the measure, although it is refusing to announce how much. The likelyhood of its making up the difference? Almost nil. A reader writes:
I live in Colorado Springs, and I have yet to see a pro-recall ad on TV or hear one on the radio. The anti-recall ads are flowing fast and furious, largely focusing on abortion. I haven’t seen any real polling on the subject, but I have my doubts that the recall will succeed.
Time will tell.