Washington, DC—Cory Gardner, candidate for Colorado’s 4th district congressional seat, will hold a fundraiser today in Washington, D.C. Gardner plans to make his pitch to a room full of lobbyists representing companies like BP, Goldman Sachs, and other big money special interests. In response, Public Campaign Action Fund is calling on Gardner to support the Fair Elections Now Act which would fix our broken electoral system.
“Mr. Gardner isn’t a member of Congress yet, but attending high-dollar fundraisers with insider lobbyists shows his constituents he’s up for the challenge,” said Nick Nyhart, executive director of Public Campaign Action Fund. “He should sign the Voters First Pledge to show his constituents he’s accountable only to them, not his big campaign donors.”
The Voters First Pledge, being mailed to every federal Congressional candidate next week, urges candidates to support a proposal that would provide candidates limited Fair Elections funds combined with small dollar fundraising. Gardner’s opponent, Rep. Betsy Markey (D), has co-sponsored the Fair Elections Now Act—a bill that is part of the Voters First Pledge—that aims to put elections back in the hands of everyday Americans.
“Voters are angry at the way Washington D.C., works and want Congress to stop corporate-funded elections,” said Nyhart. “To show voters in the 4th Congressional District he stands for them, and not corporate lobbyists, Gardner should sign the pledge and work to pass this important legislation if elected.”
On Thursday, Gardner will attend a fundraiser at the Hotel George, hosted by several Washington, D.C. lobbyists representing clients such as BP, Goldman Sachs, PricewaterhouseCoopers, among others, according to the Sunlight Foundation’s PoliticalPartyTime.org. The political action committee (PAC) for Koch Industries is also listed as a host for the event.
Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn) and Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) are also expected to be in attendance.