Tuesday, February 8, 2022
CONTACT: Sara Loflin, Executive Director at [email protected]

DENVER: Responding to news that University of Colorado Regent Heidi Ganahl has abandoned her promise to accept voluntary campaign spending limits in her campaign for governor, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest multi-issue progressive advocacy organization, called on Ganahl to apologize for hypocritically misleading donors and voters, and fully disclose any relationship to a mysterious candidate who entered and then left the race only days later–allowing Ganahl to exploit a loophole in the law and break her promise.

“Heidi Ganahl’s campaign for governor is a disorganized train wreck,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Sara Loflin. “After a campaign kickoff so disastrous she had to take a mulligan in January to ‘re-launch,’ Ganahl realized she might not get through the Republican primary, let alone the general election, while constrained by campaign spending limits. Ganahl ran her campaign on the pretext of voluntary spending limits for four months. Every donor and voter she persuaded to back her campaign under that false pretext is owed an apology.”

“After Ganahl apologizes for misleading Colorado voters, we call on Ganahl to disclose any relationship that may exist between her campaign or personal interests and Bradley Wynn,” said Loflin. “Wynn, a previously unknown local businessman, filed to run for governor as a Republican only to pull out of the race just over a week later–just enough time for Ganahl to take advantage of a loophole in the law allowing her to back out of the voluntary campaign spending limits pledge. Ganahl either took advantage of a minor candidate’s mistake or colluded with Bradley Wynn to break her promise to Colorado voters.”

“Ganahl skirted campaign finance laws for months touring the state for her ‘podcast’ that everyone knew was a political campaign,” said Loflin. “Ganahl tells the extremists in her party ‘I care about everything you care about’ while refusing to answer ‘divisive questions’ in public. Now we know Ganahl’s pledge to accept voluntary spending limits was a sham. How can anyone trust Heidi Ganahl when she makes promises she either regrets or never intended to keep?”