“Violó La Ley”–New Billboards Expose Coffman’s Corrupt Record

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
CONTACT: Amy Runyon-Harms, Executive Director at amy@progressnowcolorado.org

CD-6 resident Josefina Urquijo speaks at today’s press conference. Photo by ProgressNow Colorado

AURORA: At a press conference this morning, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, unveiled a new ad campaign in Colorado’s Sixth Congressional District targeting Rep. Mike Coffman. Titled “Violó La Ley (Broke the Law),” the billboard directs Spanish-speaking voters to the Corrupto Coffman website, which presents details about Coffman’s political record. The website can be viewed at www.corruptocoffman.com.

Watch today’s press conference here. The first billboard of the campaign can be viewed at the 8200 block of East Iliff Avenue, with more to follow in the coming weeks. In addition, ProgressNow Colorado is launching a digital advertising campaign focusing on voters in the 6th Congressional District. This aggressive campaign will include Facebook, Twitter, and Google ads and will reach tens of thousands of voters.

Two of Coffman’s constituents also spoke at the press conference about how Coffman is wrong for Colorado and does not represent them.

“We have come together today as a community uniting against a career politician who has disgracefully used his public office for his own personal gain and who has a pattern of corruption,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms at today’s press conference. “These aren’t Colorado values, and we’re here today to make sure voters know about Mike Coffman’s shady past.”

“In 1990, Coffman had a lien filed against him for failing to pay his taxes,” said Runyon-Harms. “In 1999, Coffman was involved in a matter that was referred to the FBI and was accused of misusing his office to benefit his personal banker friends. In 2004, the Colorado Supreme Court upheld a ruling that Coffman violated the state’s election laws. Mike Coffman used state funds–our tax dollars–to campaign against a ballot initiative.”

“A few years later, in 2007, one of Coffman’s employees in the Secretary of State’s office was caught running a ‘voter data’ business on the side,” said Runyon-Harms. “The very next year, in 2008, Coffman himself was caught campaigning on state time—on your nickel. And finally, just this week, a complaint was filed against Mike Coffman for yet again using our tax dollars for campaign purposes – for sending tens of thousands of dollars worth of mail –using public funds—for campaign purposes.”

“We couldn’t trust Coffman when the Colorado Supreme Court found him guilty of breaking campaign finance laws,” sai Runyon-Harms. “And we certainly can’t trust Coffman now as he runs for another term in office.”