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New independent expenditure committee formed in Colorado to target anti-civil union legislators

Daniel Gonzales

June 27th, 2012

One Colorado, along with two of their biggest donors have launched an independent expenditure committee called Fight Back Colorado designed to target and defeat state legislators who killed the civil union bill twice this year, first in our regular legislative session and a second time in a special session called by the governor. Nic Garcia at OutFront Colorado has an excellent post-session story that summarized exactly what happened and why the LGBT community is so angry at the Republican House leadership.

In an email blast sent to One Colorado supporters this morning, Executive Director Brad Clark wrote:

This independent expenditure committee is designed to hold anti-equality legislators accountable for their actions. This will be a deliberate and strategic campaign, targeting resources to defeat state legislators who killed civil unions in Colorado. Once we replace enough anti-equality representatives with pro-equality representatives, we will close up shop.

Presumably this group will target anti-civil union Representatives in the House which Republicans currently control by one vote.  If Democrats were to take control of the House in November, Rep Mark Ferrandino, the House sponsor of the civil union bill, would be made Speaker Of The House.

OutFront’s Garcia published an article this morning that has many other interesting observations:

…supporters of the Colorado Civil Union Act have taken the first steps to replicate a successful strategy executed during the 2010 New York state Senate elections that paved the way to marriage equality legislation becoming law in the Empire State.

The committee, Fight Back Colorado, has taken the New York organization’s moniker, website and talking points.

And it shouldn’t come as a surprise. The single largest donor to Fight Back New York is Colorado activist and philanthropist Tim Gill.

It should also be noted that according to the Fight Back Colorado’s website and filings with the CO Secretary of State’s office the group is registered to Roger Sherman, who is listed as one of One Colorado’s most elite donors.

Garcia continues:

Fight Back Colorado has not publicly announced which lawmakers they plan to attack.

“We’re not going to have the resources to unseat everyone,” Sherman said. “So we’re going to do our research. We’re going to do polling and identify the most vulnerable seats.”

The group’s website is  This group is independent of One Colorado so if you want to get emails, support or donate, you need to visit their site directly and sign up. The group is on Twitter as @FightBack_CO.

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June 27th, 2012 | LINK

I’m sure this will be called some form of “bullying.” Forget that it comes straight out of NOM’s playbook.

June 27th, 2012 | LINK

I hope they fight like Hell in Colorado! Good for them!!! Daniel I think it has been a while since I have seen your By Line, good story please write more.

June 27th, 2012 | LINK

As a transplanted Coloradan, I am so glad to hear this. I was so very upset when they pulled those shenanigans to kill the bill. I will send some support to Fight Back Colorado to see those regressives defeated! Thank you, Daniel, for keeping us posted.

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