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Friday, April 15, 2016

Koch Brothers growing influence in Colorado: State Republican Senate pres. credits Koch Brothers: 'I don’t think I would be president of the Senate if it wasn’t for efforts you and yours did over the previous elections. And we look forward to continuing our partnership with you'-Denver Post, Feb. 2016

Feb. 2016 article

2/4/2016, "Colorado AFP credited for rise of Republicans in Colorado Senate," Denver Post, John Frank

"The top Republican lawmaker in Colorado on Thursday credited a political advocacy group funded by the conservative Koch brothers with the GOP takeover in the state Senate.

I can tell you this,” Senate President Bill Cadman told an Americans for Prosperity rally at the Capitol, “I don’t think I would be the president of the Senate if it wasn’t for the efforts you and yours did over the previous elections. And we look forward to continuing our partnership with you.”

The 2014 election gave Republicans control of the Senate — by a narrow 18-17 majority for the first time in a decade. Cadman applauded the AFP activists gathered at the even for knocking on doors and talking to their neighbors about state policy issues....

Americans for Prosperity is an influential organization in Colorado, where it works as part of a nationwide network funded by billionaires Charles and David Koch to advocate conservative political policies.

A number of lawmakers attended the Colorado AFP rally in the Capitol, including Reps. Paul Lundeen, Gordon Klingenschmitt, Janak Joshi, Tim Leonard and Kevin Van Winkle, and Sens. John Cooke, Laura Woods and Kevin Lundberg.

AFP Colorado director Michael Fields said the organization is getting more involved at the legislative level this year to “give voice to people not represented by special interests.”

The group’s “6 for ‘16” agenda calls for protecting the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights; holding the state’s health exchange accountable; blocking President Barack Obama’s new carbon emission standards in the Clean Power Plan; defending the state’s oil and gas industry by opposing fracking bans; shifting more money to the state’s public charter schools; and repealing the tax on business personal property."






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