In the two months leading up to the November 2013 elections, Colorado Oil and Gas Association contributed a total of $604,683 to “grassroots” pro-fracking groups which sprung up seemingly out of nowhere. COGA-funded campaigns attempted to defeat fracking moratorium ballot issues in four Colorado Front Range cities, with $256,134 going to Fort Collins, $171,238 to Broomfield, $110,337 to Boulder and $66,974 to Lafayette. As of this writing, all four fracking moratorium ballot initiatives PASSED.
In Fort Collins, where a 5-year fracking moratorium passed in November, Colorado Oil and Gas Association donated $256,134 to the Fort Collins Alliance for Reliable Energy, a pro-fracking group. The group reported $256,234 in donations, with all but $100 coming from COGA.
In Broomfield, Colorado Oil and Gas Association contributed $156,238 to the Broomfield Balanced Energy Coalition, a pro-fracking group. The group received $100 from other sources. COGA also contributed $15,000 to It’s Our Broomfield, Too, a citizen pro-fracking group which reported a total of $16,182 in contributions. The ballot initiative was originally said to have been defeated by 17 votes, then additional votes were counted causing the initiative to pass by 13 votes. Colorado law requires an automatic recount when the margin of victory is less than 1/2 of 1% of all votes cast. The recount will occur in December.
Lafayette Campaign for Energy Choice reported $67,074 in contributions from mid-September through Thursday, with all but $100 coming from the Colorado Oil and Gas Association. Lafayette passed a permanent ban on fracking in November.
In Boulder, where a 5-year moratorium on fracking passed in November, COGA gave $110,337 to anti-moratorium group Boulder Citizens for Rational Energy Decisions.