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August 27, 2019 2:17 pm

The Pivot--"Official" Polis Recall Committee Shifts The Grift

  • by: Colorado Pols

As predictable as sunrise, 9NEWS’ Marshall Zelinger reports:

One of two groups seeking contributions to try to recall Gov. Jared Polis (D-Colorado) recently diverted nearly a third of its money to a different effort.

“Official Recall Colorado Governor Jared Polis” has received $108,000 in contributions since forming in March.

In a campaign finance filing on Monday, that group reported giving $29,657.47 to “Colorado For Trump.” The reason stated was “Board approved expenditure for pivoting purposes.”

To recap, since it’s been awhile since the Recall Polis campaign(s) have merited much attention, with the doomed effort to collect over 600,000 voter signatures heading for its September 6th day of reckoning–this is the “Official” Recall Polis campaign, not the “Dismiss Polis” effort currently conducting the petition drive to get a recall question on the ballot. Readers will recall that the “Official” Recall Polis campaign denounced the “Dismiss Polis” campaign as a sham with no resources, and Dismiss Polis responded with similar allegations against the “Official” campaign excepting the significant resources the “Official” campaign has raised and refused to spend. Because none of these efforts have a snowball’s chance in hell of actually succeeding in placing a recall question on the ballot, all of the money raised by these committees can be reasonably categorized as scammed loot from conception to execution.

With all of this in mind, this decision by the “Official” Recall Polis committee to “pivot” a third of their cash to Colorado For Trump might seem like an attempt to do right by their donors, some of whom had posted on social media about spending their disability and welfare checks on donations to the campaign. The problem is, only a third of the money raised to recall Gov. Jared Polis going to any electoral purpose is still a scam no matter how you sugar-coat it. What’s the status of the other $70,000 this committee took in? We know that some of the biggest checks early in the campaign were written to former Secretary of State Scott Gessler and online payment processors like the Independence Institute, but there’s tens of thousands of dollars slushing around that this rerouting of funds to the Trump re-election campaign does not account for. If it was our money, we’d want to know how to get it back. It’s easy, after all, to donate to the Trump campaign ourselves if we want.

And yes, this is further confirmation that the movement to recall Colorado’s popular freshman governor less than a year after his double-digit victory is just about to be relegated to the dustbin of history! Hopefully that part, anyway, is not news to anyone.


10 thoughts on “The Pivot–“Official” Polis Recall Committee Shifts The Grift

    1. Answer: yes.

      Nearly six months into the Democratic governor’s term, 55% of respondents said Colorado was headed in the right direction, versus 37% who said the state was off track, according to a poll released Wednesday. Polis himself was viewed favorably by 50% and unfavorably by 35% — a net favorability rating of 15 percentage points — in the Colorado Poll, conducted by a Democratic consortium that includes Telluride-based polling firm Keating Research.

      1. 50% approval rating is good. Only 5% off from the 55% he received on election day last November.

        The problem is that some of those 50% will end up voting in the event the recall campaign ever made the ballot. All of the 37% will vote to recall.

  1. Huh … imagine that.  The " "Official Recall Colorado Governor Jared Polis"  is a Issue Committee with a Business Agent of FUENTES, JULI-ANDRA. 

    Looking up "Colorado for Trump," it is an "Independent Expenditure Committee" with a business agent of FUENTES, JULI-ANDRA.  The stated purpose is "SUPPORT COLORADO ELECTION EFFORTS FOR CANDIDATES THAT SUPPORT TRUMP REGARDLESS OF POLITICAL AFFILIATION."

    In this case, I'm wondering if the "pivot" is a move that some would call "The Sidestep" — from the musical "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." 


    1. Any campaign finance experts here who might be able to confirm that Colorado law on fund-shuffling is really as lax as it appears? I can't believe that "pivot" is really a legitimate reason to change the use of a donation that was made for a specific purpose. To me, pivoting is what the Kellyannes of the world do when they don't want to answer a direct question.

      1. I hope PR or SUDAFED or somebody equally knowledgable steps in.  It's ok to devote unspent campaign funds to another campaign but this looks like bait-and-switch from the get-go.  Proving it in court, however, might take a mind reader.

  2. As long as the Electoral College is in place and CO goes blue *again*, ‘Coloradans for Trump is as useless as teats on a boar hog (unless Ms. Fuentes is trying to raise her profile and displace one of the two Trump appointees in the state in the (unlikely) event he’s re-elected)

    1. Aren't there more than 2 Trump appointments in Colorado?  US Attorney & US Marshall come to my mind, but I thought there were state appointments for other things, like Housing and Agriculture, too.

      Given Trump’s lackadaisical approach to nominations and preference for “the acting,” does anyone know if there has been an effort to track appointments in this state?

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