Just hours after Republicans refused to allow a civil unions bill to make it to the House floor for a vote, Democrats were trying to use that move to raise money.
7NEWS has learned two e-mails went out Wednesday and Thursday soliciting donations in increments of $25, $50, and $100.
You know, people want to figure out what they can do. They want to figure out how they can help make sure civil unions becomes a reality in Colorado, said House Minority Leader Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver.
I think its the right thing to do to make sure people know there are multiple ways to help sure civil unions are a reality in Colorado, both through this building and through the ballot box in November.
Ferrandino said he was overwhelmed with phone calls and e-mails Wednesday after Senate Bill 2, the civil unions bill, never got to the House floor for debate and a vote Tuesday night after Republicans tried to wait out the clock.
And he said the results have been surprisingly good, raising $10,000 in just two days.
Governor John Hickenlooper called lawmakers back for a special session, starting Monday at a taxpayer cost of more than $23,000 per day.
But one political analyst told 7NEWS the effort might alienate some voters.
Its not very pretty for your average viewer to watch, said Katy Atkinson, political analyst. Im not surprised by it. Its standard. I have a feeling voters are pretty cynical and wont be terribly surprised. Its opportunistic, absolutely. And thats probably the part of politics people like the least.
One of the two e-mails from the House Majority Project is below:
"We had a tremendous response to the GOP's decision to kill over 30 bills in order to keep civil unions from coming to an up or down vote. Thank you. Governor Hickenlooper has determined that the House GOP's failure of leadership is bad for Colorado. Therefore, he just called a Special Session of the legislature to find solutions for critical issues that were left unresolved. The legislature will once again consider establishing civil unions in Colorado, so that we have one more opportunity in 2012 to give families equality before the law.The House Democrats are committed to getting all of this important work done on a bipartisan basis. We will continue fighting to get a civil unions bill the up or down vote it deserves. Sincerely,Mark Ferrandino
"If you are able to support our work as we go back into session, please click here to donate $25, $50 or $100. "
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