A new campaign mailer arriving in people’s mailboxes takes digs at SD-7 candidate Dan Thurlow in an effort to boost Colorado Senator Ray Scott (R-Mesa County) in the primary election this month.
The pro-Scott mailer was funded solely by a group called “Citizens for Cost Effective Government” (CFCEG), whose address is in an unspecified suite in the 56-story Republic Plaza building on 17th Street in downtown Denver. Citizens for Cost Effective Government’s funding comes from just two sources, neither of which are in Mesa County. $25,000 of their total $45,000 in funding comes from Extraction Oil and Gas Company, which — whoops! — just happens to share the same address on 17th Street as “Citizens for Cost Effective Government.”
The other $20,000 of CFCEG’s funding comes from the Colorado Apartment Association based in Denver’s Greenwood Village, not in Mesa County.
Denver-based corporations are working to influence Mesa County’s election
So why are Denver-based businesses pouring money into helping get Ray Scott re-elected?
Because Scott reliably does their bidding instead of that of Mesa County constituents, whom taxpayers pay him to represent; because Scott brings bills that benefit oil and gas drilling companies, sponsors bills to hobble renewable energy and repeal sustainable energy requirements; because Scott has been a reliable chair of the Senate’s “kill committee,” where the Senate Republican leadership sends bills to die that might benefit average working people or the environment; because Scott brought a bill to force Colorado’s Energy office promote fossil fuels — the opposite of the office’s original intended purpose — and because when Senate leadership needs Scott to lay low and waste time, Scott brings bills with no pressing need and that no one in his district asks him for, like a bill that lets people mount their rear license plates somewhere other than in the exact center of the backs of their cars, or a bill to create a Scottish-American license plate.
So if you want Denver to rule Mesa County, vote for Ray Scott, because that’s what is happening already with him in his Senate seat.