From Walmart to the Black Hawk Riviera Casino, companies who contributed to “Mainstream Colorado” are surprised to learn that their dollars are being spent to defend the two anti-gun Senators facing recall elections.
A number of companies gave large donations to the State Senate Democrats’ 527 fundraising arm, generically dubbed “Mainstream Colorado,” who then in turn wrote big checks to the groups defending Senators John Morse and Angela Giron.
How did the companies find out their money was being used for this purpose? As all corporate PR people like to — when the press called.
The Colorado Springs Gazette first reported on Mainstream Colorado’s funding sources in June, which we highlighted in a post that caused a number of our readers to call for a boycott of the Black Hawk Riviera Casino. Those calls for a boycott stirred the casino’s COO to respond personally.
After The Gazette reported that Black Hawk Casino was a major donor to Mainstream Colorado, other media outlets, including the conservative blog Colorado PEAK Politics, picked up the story, focusing on Black Hawk Casino.
On that website a few readers posted comments about never gambling at the Riviera again or hinting a casino boycott could come…
“We have guests from the entire spectrum of political beliefs, so it’s not our job to take political positions,” [David Farahi, chief operating officer of Monarch Casino and Resort] Farahi said. “Our donation had nothing to do with the recall campaign so any implication of such is false and that’s what we’re trying to clarify.”
Now other donors to Mainstream Colorado are being forced to clarify their donations, lest they incur the wrath of customers who support Second Amendment rights.