Colorado
6th Congressional District, 2014

Goal: No Dark Money

We showed that when a candidate turns their back on democracy, people will hear about it.

When Republican incumbent Mike Coffman refused to take a ‘no dark money’ pledge, we leveraged the opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to political accountability, with the goal of building political credibility in Alaska and West Virginia. Our aggressive broadcast ad calling Coffman out earned a flurry of coverage from major media outlets, provoking an unsuccessful cease and desist order from Coffman.

Timeline

  • Print Ad
  • Press
    Press • September 3, 2014 A new PAC's challenge to Coffman, Romanoff - Reject spending of "secret money" The Denver Post

    A challenge to U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman and Democratic opponent Andrew Romanoff to reject all “secret money” in their race - essentially, some of the millions spent by outside groups to influence the election - isn’t gaining much traction. Coffman has brushed off the suggestion, while Romanoff says he’s in - but only if Coffman agrees.

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  • Broadcast Ad
    Broadcast Ad • September 16, 2014 "Dark Money Mike"

    Why has Mike Coffman chosen secret donors over voters?

  • Press
    Press • September 15, 2014 Group targets Mike Coffman with ad after he declines money pledge The Denver Post

    A political-action committee is hitting U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman with a new hard-edged TV ad after Coffman declined its challenge to disavow some types of outside spending in his race for re-election. We reported previously that CounterPAC is a political-action committee set up by wealthy tech donors to pressure candidates in some competitive races - including Colorado’s 6th Congressional District - into discouraging outside “dark money” spending from groups that are able to shield their donors.

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  • Press
    Press • September 15, 2014 Super PAC goes negative on Coffman Politico Morning Score

    CounterPAC, a recently formed group opposing so-called “dark money,” is going up this week with an ad lambasting GOP Rep. Mike Coffman in Colorado’s 6th District for not signing the group’s pledge. The ad speculates about the identities of donors to pro-Coffman groups. It’s backed by six figures on Denver broadcast for a week, said the group.

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  • Press
    Press • September 15, 2014 Group hits Rep. Coffman on "dark" money KUSA 9 News

    A group hoping to combat secret money in politics is airing an ad against Rep. Mike Coffman.

    CounterPAC accuses Coffman of refusing to reject support from third party groups that don't disclose their donors. Coffman is a Republican. His Democratic opponent, Andrew Romanoff, said he'd tell those groups not to help him if Coffman did the same.

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  • Press
    Press • September 16, 2014 Mike Coffman Demands TV stations drop CounterPAC ad with money claims The Denver Post

    U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman’s campaign has sent cease-and-desist letters to four Denver TV stations airing an ad that makes wild claims about the potential financial backers of outside groups supporting Coffman. The ad by CounterPAC, funded by a group of tech donors, was in response to Coffman declining to take CounterPAC’s pledge to discourage spending by outside groups that don’t disclose their donors.

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  • Press
    Press • September 16, 2014 Coffman campaign threatens TV stations over ad KUSA 9 News

    The campaign for Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colorado) sent cease and desist lettersto TV stations in Colorado Monday, threatening legal action over a third-party group's ad attacking the incumbent candidate over the issue of undisclosed political spending.

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  • Press
    Press • September 17, 2014 GOP Lawmaker Presses TV Stations To Pull Attack Ad Off The Airwaves The Daily Caller

    Colorado Republican Rep. Mike Coffman is crying foul over an independent attack ad that insinuates that his campaign is being funded by shady foreigners and Wall Street crooks, insisting that Colorado TV stations pull the spot from the airwaves.

    The ad, paid for by a group called CounterPAC, slams Coffman for not signing a pledge to reject so-called “dark money” contributions that can’t be traced. Coffman’s opponent, Democrat Andrew Romanoff has agreed to reject such funds, the ad claims.ons.

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  • Press
    Press • October 21, 2014 Andrew Romanoff's past and Mike Coffman's spending attract criticism The Denver Post

    Lately, he's also sparred with Coffman, who accepts PAC money, over a challenge by a group named CounterPAC. The group wants both to discourage outside spending, or "dark money," by groups that don't disclose their donors. Romanoff said he would, but Coffman's campaign has questioned CounterPAC's motivations.

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