Stan Garnett, candidate for Colorado Attorney General, has decided to turn down all political action committee money, saying the state needs an AG who isn’t beholden to special interests:
Stan Garnett for Colorado Attorney General Stan announced today he is declining any contributions from Political Action Committees, unlike his opponent who was taken in tens of thousands in PAC money since taking office. “The people of this state need an Attorney General who is beholden to no special interests, and it is important to eliminate even the appearance that my priorities might be influenced by deep-pocketed corporate donors,” Stan said.
He released the statement via facebook this morning.
By refusing PAC money, Garnett joins a handful of candidates like Andrew Romanoff and Barack Obama who said they would fund their campaigns from people — not special interests.
Romanoff applauded Garnett on his decision(also via facebook).
“This is How Movements Take Shape”
I was heartened to hear that Stan Garnett, Colorado’s Democratic candidate for Attorney General, will refuse contributions from special-interest groups. I applaud his decision. He recognizes the threat that pay-to-play politics poses to the very core of our democracy.
Coloradans demand and deserve representation that is beholden only to them. That change will come only when more candidates lead by example, as Stan Garnett is doing. This is how movements take shape.
While some questioned Obama on whether he could win without PAC money, and are still questioning Romanoff, it seems to be a growing trend that candidates want to distance themselves from the appearance of corporate or other special interest influence.