In the fight to recall anti-gun Senate President John Morse from office, there is a clear dividing line in fundraising so far: Morse’s group is getting its cash in big checks from unrelated special interest groups based out of the district, while the grassroots group trying to take him out is raising funds in small increments from committed supporters of the Second Amendment.
Reports the Colorado Springs Gazette‘s Megan Schrader:
The committee formed to help keep Sen. John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, in office raised $37,563 in the past month compared to $12,635 raised by the group aiming to oust the sitting Senate president…
Colorado Conservation Voters – a Denver-based environmental group – gave $7,000 to the campaign committee A Whole Lot of People for John Morse during the time period covered by the financial report, making the group the top donor. Mainstream Colorado donated $6,156, bringing the organization’s total contribution to $21,156. The public service employee union American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees donated $3,500.
The committee to unseat Morse, the El Paso Freedom Defense Fund, reported that $9,595 of its donations came in increments of less than $20, which doesn’t require disclosure.
The recall group is certainly going to need to up their fundraising if they don’t want to go bankrupt from the legal bills forced upon them by Morse’s attempt to, as The Denver Post editorial board called it today, “using a technicality to derail the public’s right to force special elections.”
The fundraising reports make it clear that liberal special interests, from environmental groups to national government unions, have deep pockets and won’t hesitate to write large checks to the effort to defend Morse.
The grassroots energy is there on the side of the recall organizers, but the question remains: will the cash come too?