Wednesday, September 9, 2015
CONTACT: Amy Runyon-Harms, Executive Director at 303-870-0448

DENVER: Following revelations in the Washington Post last week about a contract imposed on vulnerable Republican members of Congress requiring detailed information about their “legislative agenda” in exchange for financial support, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, called on Rep. Mike Coffman to immediately remove his name from the National Republican Congressional Committee’s “Patriot Program” contract, and disclose communications with the NRCC about his legislative agenda.

“The NRCC’s ‘Patriot Program’ is asking Mike Coffman to put the desires of national Republican donors and fundraisers ahead of the needs of his district,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. “It’s totally unacceptable that Coffman is willing to give Washington, D.C.-based political operatives more information about his legislative agenda than the voters of the Sixth District.”

A report in the Washington Post last week detailed a contract required by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) for all vulnerable Republican members of Congress participating in the “Patriot Program” are required to sign. The contract includes requirements that legislators submit “detailed, written legislative strategy that provides short-, intermediate-, and long-term legislative goals, including political justifications for those goals.” [1] In subsequent news reports, Democratic campaign officials have insisted that there is no equivalent approval of a member’s “legislative agenda” to receive support. [2]

“The NRCC’s so-called ‘Patriot Program’ may supply campaign cash for Mike Coffman, but it’s a bad deal for Coffman’s constituents,” said Runyon-Harms. “After promising to listen to his constituents and be responsive to their needs, Coffman is selling them out to the highest bidder. After saying he won’t let his agenda be dictated by Washington, D.C. special interests, Coffman is doing just that in order to save his political career.”