Monday, April 21st, 2014
CONTACT: Amy Runyon-Harms, Executive Director at [email protected]

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DENVER: Today, ProgressNow Colorado brought a yacht to the Colorado Capitol, and called on Congressman Cory Gardner to disclose whether fellow passengers of the Good Life, a yacht connected to Gardner and a controversial 2012 Florida fundraising junket, have donated to Gardner’s U.S. Senate campaign.

“We call on Cory Gardner to stopping conning Colorado and immediately disclose the names of the lobbyists from his luxury junket aboard the ‘Good Life’,” demanded ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. “Cory Gardner claims to be in Washington fighting for the people of Colorado, but his record tells a different story. Gardner has quickly become a creature of the Washington, D.C. insider crowd, taking advantage of every perk offered to him by corporate lobbyists and out-of-state special interests.”

In March of 2012, a CBS News investigative report disclosed a closed-door fundraiser held on behalf of Gardner and several other hand-picked Republican members of Congress. Special interest donors reportedly gave tens of thousands of dollars in exchange for access to Gardner and other members of Congress. Gardner even served as a “guest bartender” at a “happy hour” that required a $10,000 donation just to get in.

CBS News also reported that the top donors at this event went fishing with Gardner and other members on a fleet of expensive boats, including a yacht named “Good Life.”

“How many ordinary Coloradans have $10,000 to spare so Cory Gardner can serve them drinks?” asked Runyon-Harms. “To this day, Gardner has never disclosed who he spent time with during this Florida junket, what deals he may have made while boating on the ‘Good Life,’ or who among the special interest donors he hob-nobbed with may be funding his U.S. Senate campaign today.”

“The people of Colorado deserve better than a politician who claims to represent us while selling us out to corporate lobbyists and special interests on swanky yachts,” said Runyon-Harms. “We call on Con Man Cory Gardner to immediately disclose who attended his Florida fundraising junket, what he promised in exchange for their money, and who among his fellow passengers on the ‘Good Life’ may be funding his U.S. Senate campaign today.”

“Did Con Man Cory Gardner sell out Colorado so he could live the ‘Good Life?’” asked Runyon-Harms. “That’s a question only he can answer.”

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