I’m proud to support the effort to recall Senator John Morse. To be clear, I have two groups, I Am Created Equal, and IACE Action. It is IACE Action that is currently helping the recall committee.
And to be especially clear, all of my funding has come from Colorado.
Sen. John Morse recall effort attracts money on both sides
By Kurtis Lee
The Denver Post
An influx of out-of-state and local cash from private donors has flowed into the recall effort of Colorado Senate President John Morse, as petitioners race to gather enough signatures ahead of a June 3 deadline.
And if the notion that money wins elections can be applied to a recall effort, then, for now, Morse resides in a good position with a substantial amount of national money having poured in on his behalf.
Morse and a handful of House and Senate Democrats are faced with recall drives fueled by a debate on firearms after Democrats passed new gun-control laws this year that ban ammunition magazines of more than 15 rounds and require universal background checks on all gun sales.
Finance reports filed with the secretary of state’s office show that one group, A Whole Lot of People for John Morse, has received about $25,500 in financial contributions. Most of that money — about $20,000 — has come from the national liberal firm, America Votes, a nonprofit organization that coordinates issue advocacy and election campaigns.
“We have a lot of local people working to keep Sen. Morse in office despite this insane and ridiculous recall effort,” said Christy Le Lait, campaign manager of A Whole Lot of People for John Morse.
In contrast to Le Lait’s group, the El Paso County Freedom Defense Fund — a group seeking a recall of Morse — has raised about $16,400. About $14,000 came from the local group I Am Created Equal.
Le Lait, who noted her group has received cash from more than a dozen donors, declined to speak specifically about how the national money is being used in staving off a recall, though she did say that more than 40 people are working in support of Morse.
For Morse, just 7,178 valid signatures must be submitted in his Senate District 11 to spark a recall.
Other Democrats facing recalls include Sens. Evie Hudak of Westminster and Angela Giron of Pueblo and Rep. Mike McLachlan of Durango.
The money raised in each of those other three recall efforts has not topped more than $10,000.
Of all the lawmakers faced with a recall, the number of signatures needed are lowest in Morse’s district.
Morse’s recall effort is being spearheaded by gun-rights activists associated with the nonprofit Basic Freedom Defense Fund and the El Paso County Freedom Defense Committee. Both are working to gather signatures ahead of a June 3 filing deadline.
“It’s in my backyard, and Morse was the architect of running these gun bills through the legislature, and now I have the ability to help.”
said Laura Carno, who runs I Am Created Equal.