Colorado Dems Ducking Questions on Backpage
Greenwood Village, CO – The Colorado Democratic Party continues to ignore questions about its donations from Backpage executives.
Yesterday, the Washington Examiner asked the Colorado Democratic Party about whether it plans to return or give away its sex-trafficking money, but the Democrats refused to answer, hoping journalists will shrug and move on.
Here’s the backstory on Backpage:
According to an article in the January 4, 2018 Washington Times, “A political action committee connected to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has finally bowed to the sexual misconduct scandal sweeping the country, belatedly returning a $10,000 contribution made by a founder of Backpage.com, a classified-ad website that is a hub for sexual exploitation and human trafficking of women and girls.”
That decision of Pelosi’s marked an about-face. 18 days earlier, on December 17, 2017, the Washington Times reported that her PAC was not returning the Backpage donations. The same article documents other recipients of Backpage money, including, saliently, the Colorado Democratic Party (which received the funds as disbursements from its joint fundraising committee, the Colorado Senate Victory Fund).
“The lion’s share of the contributions to state parties since 2010 went to the Colorado Democratic Party, despite the Backpage owners all residing in Arizona. They handed over a total of $70,000 to the Colorado party. All the donations were made in 2014.”
“An official at the Colorado Democratic Party said they were looking into the matter, but the party has been dodging questions about the tainted contributions since at least April .”
As at least one elected Democrat understands, sex-trafficking money doesn’t stop stinking after four years. In 2017, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona gave away Backpage money she had received four years earlier.
When will Colorado Democrats do the same?
Colorado Democrats silent on contributions from Backpage executives
The Washington Examiner
January 24, 2018
Despite raking in $70,000, more than any other state party, the Colorado Democratic Party has said nothing about whether it plans to unload the dirty money, even as #MeToo continues to sweep the nation, and even as scandal continues to plague Backpage. To add another layer, five Democrats are currently battling it out for their party’s state attorney general nomination, an office in which they would oversee investigations of human trafficking and sexual exploitation, crimes Backpage is alleged to have facilitated. (Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., for instance, brought pimping charges against three Backpage executives while she served as attorney general of California.)
The Republican Attorneys General Association wants those candidates to speak out, in no small part because they’re running to become Colorado’s top cop. “Enough is enough,” Communications Director Zack Roday said in a statement to the Washington Examiner. “The Colorado Democratic Party needs to stop hiding and do the right thing – donate this dirty money to a charity. Democratic candidates for public office – especially those running for attorney general – need to step up and make it clear, this is not right, donate the money.”
The Colorado Democratic Party did not respond to the Washington Examiner’s inquiry on whether it plans to return or donate the contributions.
Read the full Washington Examiner story here.