NRA increases its financial support in Morse recall election

By: The Associated Press
September 4, 2013 Updated: September 4, 2013 at 1:43 pm
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photo - Colorado Senate President John Morse, right, speaks with fellow senator Angela Giron, left, at the State Capitol, in Denver, Friday March 8, 2013.  Colorado Senate Democrats advanced an expansion of background checks on firearm purchases as part of a package of bills responding to the shootings in Aurora and Connecticut.  The proposal would require background checks where they currently don’t exist, such as purchases online and private sales and transfers. The bill got initial approval in the Senate on an unrecorded vote on Friday.  (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Colorado Senate President John Morse, right, speaks with fellow senator Angela Giron, left, at the State Capitol, in Denver, Friday March 8, 2013. Colorado Senate Democrats advanced an expansion of background checks on firearm purchases as part of a package of bills responding to the shootings in Aurora and Connecticut. The proposal would require background checks where they currently don’t exist, such as purchases online and private sales and transfers. The bill got initial approval in the Senate on an unrecorded vote on Friday. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) 

DENVER - The NRA is increasing financial support with $250,000 to try to recall two Colorado Democratic lawmakers who voted for new gun restrictions this year.

A campaign finance report released Tuesday covering Aug. 23 to Aug. 29 shows the NRA's new contribution to the races. The organization's total contribution so far is about $361,700.

Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs and Pueblo Sen. Angela Giron are facing recalls Tuesday over their support for limiting the size of ammunition magazines and universal background checks. Their campaigns had yet to post their latest campaign finance reports Tuesday evening, but last week's filings showed Pueblo United for Angela has raised $586,000 and A Whole Lot of People for John Morse, $606,000.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg added $350,000 of his own money to support the senators.

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