RELEASE: Colorado Republicans Must Refuse Further Gun Lobby Contributions

Thursday, February 15, 2018
CONTACT: Ian Silverii, Executive Director at

DENVER: Following another horrific school shooting in South Florida that left at least 17 dead and many more injured, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, called on every member of Colorado’s congressional delegation to immediately stop taking contributions from the gun lobby in advance of the 2018 elections.

“Colorado knows all too well the pain felt by victims and survivors of mass shootings and their families,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Ian Silverii. “After Columbine, Coloradans from both parties acted to prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands at gun shows. After Aurora, the Colorado Legislature passed common-sense gun safety measures to fix background checks and limit the rapid-fire carnage from high-capacity magazines. But as the nation reels once again from another terrible school shooting, Republicans in Congress count their gun lobby donations and say nothing can be done. Their inaction is costing Americans their lives.”

“Right now, victims in Florida and their families are hurting,” said Silverii. “Hundreds of survivors and family members of the dead from the Las Vegas shooting are still in need of assistance. Just last month, a survivor of the Aurora theater shooting lost his leg due to lingering effects of his injuries. Before Colorado Republicans accept one more dollar in contributions from the National Rifle Association and the gun lobby, that must take off their partisan blinders and join progressives in enacting common sense gun safety laws on a national level.”

“Sen. Cory Gardner has received almost four million dollars from the NRA during his career, to say nothing of the money he’s directed toward Republican campaign coffers as chairman of the National Republican Senate Committee,” said Silverii. “Rep. Mike Coffman took over $30,000 from the gun lobby in 2016 alone, and Rep. Scott Tipton accepted over $25,000 the same year. The link between Gardner, Coffman, and Tipton’s lavish support from the gun lobby and their denial of the problem of mass gun violence can no longer be ignored. It’s time to end the obscene influence of the gun lobby’s blood money in Colorado elections.”