Call For Cadman To Immediately Disclose Campaign Business Relationships

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, January 5th, 2015
CONTACT: Amy Runyon-Harms, Executive Director at amy@progressnowcolorado.org

DENVER: After a new Denver Post report revealed hundreds of thousands of dollars paid to incoming Republican Senate President Bill Cadman’s political campaign business by GOP-aligned political action committees and candidates, ProgressNow Colorado called on Cadman to immediately disclose details about his business’ rates and profits, relationships between Cadman’s political clients and lobbyists with business before the Colorado Senate, and any other conflicts of interest before the legislative session begins Wednesday.

“Bill Cadman’s private business has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in ‘soft money’ from political action committees while serving as Senate Minority Leader,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. “Now that he is set to take office as Colorado Senate President, the conflicts of interest invited by this relationship are mind-blowing. How can Cadman assure the public that decisions he makes as President of the Colorado Senate will not be influenced by the money he takes from right wing 527s?”

The Denver Post reported this weekend that Cadman runs Advantage Marketing, a political campaign consultant and direct mail political advertising firm. Cadman’s business received over $1.2 million from Colorado political committees and candidates between 2002 and last year, including around $500,000 in 2012 alone from a major Republican political action committee. Cadman served as a Colorado legislator for this entire period. In addition, Cadman has assumed a national leadership role in the controversial American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) after serving as the state chairman of the organization. [1]

“The public needs to fully understand the relationship between Cadman’s business interests and his duties as Colorado’s highest ranking Republican lawmaker,” said Runyon-Harms. “Do lobbyists know to steer campaign business to Cadman? Are Republican candidates in any way pressured to work with Cadman’s private business? Do Cadman’s special interest ALEC partners pay for his services? Does Cadman charge market rates? If not, why not?”

“Cadman’s unprecedented double duty as a legislative leader and leading campaign vendor raises serious questions about his ability to lead the Colorado Senate,” said Runyon-Harms. “If Cadman cannot provide answers to some very basic questions, then the public cannot have confidence in Cadman–and he should step aside. Coloradans won’t tolerate this level of corruption in our state legislature.”

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