The Rocky Mountain News reported yesterday:
Jared Polis scolded 2nd congressional district rival Joan Fitz-Gerald for accepting $2,900 in campaign contributions from a gold mining company accused of human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“While it is hard to find many self-proclaimed ‘green’ candidates with ties to some of the world’s most notorious mining companies, here we have Joan Fitz-Gerald,” said a flyer issued by the Polis campaign Monday.
“She is proving how easy it is to be ‘green’ and still take corporate PAC checks from companies who bribe, spill toxic chemicals and abuse human rights around the world!”
The attack in the district’s three-way Democratic primary was the sharpest yet from a Polis campaign that has made a theme out of Fitz-Gerald’s acceptance of money from political action committees.
But Fitz-Gerald’s campaign manager pointed out that Polis has accepted money from executives of oil and gas companies, as well as mining firms. He has also invested some of his personal fortune in those firms.
“I would ask Jared, as I have done before, to just stand up and say, ‘Yes, I take this money,’ ” said Fitz-Gerald’s campaign manager, Mary Alice Mandarich, who said Polis has personal investments worth between $250,000 and $500,000 in such companies.
“I don’t understand how on one hand he can say it’s bad, and on the other hand, he’s doing exactly the same thing,” Mandarich said.
Mandarich wouldn’t speak to the issue of a donor accused of human rights violations. “We could go through every one of Jared’s investments, which are millions of dollars, and find this kind of stuff,” she said.
She noted Polis has accepted $4,000 from energy executive William Dore, who supports offshore drilling, and $2,300 from Alex Cranberg, who owns Aspect Energy “and who’s in the paper (Monday) defending (Republican U.S. Senate candidate) Bob Schaffer.”
Would someone please explain to us again why Polis kept the money from Alex Cranberg? Cranberg’s $2,300 has proven to be worth far more to the Fitz-Gerald campaign than it ever was to flush-with-cash Polis, and every time Polis gets close to making some unsavory connection to Fitz-Gerald stick, bam! Out comes their reliable foil. Investments, especially involving a wealthy man like Polis who probably doesn’t even know where all his money is, are at least partly excusable–donations aren’t.
That said, every time Fitz-Gerald responds to attacks on her connection to entities that CD-2 voters revile with a variation of “Sure, but Polis is doing the same thing,” someone in the Will Shafroth camp busts out a secret smile…
At any rate, the Polis campaign clearly thinks that Fitz-Gerald’s energy and mining donors are an issue worth hammering on, and they continued to do it yesterday with a second “fact sheet” detailing the troubled record of another Fitz-Gerald donor, Newmont Mining. Read the two fact sheets here: Anglo Gold, Newmont Mining, and tell us whether you think this is an matter worth pressing.