No matter where you look when it comes to the pro-Morse group A Whole Lot of People For John Morse, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg isn’t far.
Reviewing the financials of the recall candidates – specifically Colorado Springs Senator John Morse and Pueblo Senator Angela Giron – yesterday, a pattern emerged. Each anti-recall effort received huge cash infusions from three groups: Sixteen Thirty Fund, Citizens for Integrity, and Mainstream Colorado. It’s particularly worth noting that none of these groups are based in either Colorado Springs nor Pueblo.
But, who are these groups?
The Sixteen Thirty Fund is a 501c4 based in Washington, D.C, where it’s filed as an environmental organization. What exactly does the environment havet to do with defending a State Senator against recall? Not much. But what is interesting is a link to Bloomberg and his group Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
While this group is headquartered in Washington, D.C., it is managed by Arabella Advisors, a strategic philanthropy consultancy based in four cities – Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York City, and San Francisco. In January 2013, Bruce Boyd, out of the Chicago office, wrote the following on Arabella’s “Greater Good” blog:
The few organizations that have supported efforts to reduce gun violence have been starved for resources. We must generously support established organizations, such as Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and new organizations, such as One Million Moms for Gun Control. Many groups are working on state efforts, and others are targeting specific communities, such as hunters, sportsmen, teachers, and doctors. Arabella helped set up the Fund for a Safer Future, a collaborative effort among philanthropists that has provided over $14 million in grants to a range of efforts around the country.
Following the money trail to Fund for a Safer Future, which was also set up by Arabella Advisors, here is how that organization defines it’s mission and outlines its donors per it’s info sheet:
“After the tragic shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others in 2011, the Joyce Foundation created the Fund for a Safer Future (“the Fund”), with the goal of achieving comprehensive, effective policies to reduce gun injury and death. Other prominent donors have since joined in this effort, including: the MacArthur Foundation, the McCormick Foundation, the Broad Foundation, the Crown & Goodman Family Foundations, and two significant anonymous donors.”
Do any of these organizations, set up by Arabella Advisors, have anything to do with Colorado? No. But, they do have ties to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns organization that has been playing in Colorado politics since last cycle.
The crew behind Citizens for Integrity, laughably, includes Julie Wells, who serves as a registered agent for some of the least integrous nonprofits in the state. Among the contributors in the past to Citizens for Integrity, of course, is the Colorado League of Responsible Voters, which is affiliated with the Bloomberg-backed America Votes, according to the Colorado Statesman.
Why do all roads in this funding game lead to Bloomberg, while none lead to citizens in Colorado Springs or Pueblo who would actually be impacted by these recall efforts?