GOP senators criticize environmental group attacking Musgrave


ROBERT MOORE | Coloradoan

The Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund is “abusing their tax-exempt status” by spending more than $1 million to defeat Rep. Marilyn Musgrave and other Republican candidates, a group of GOP senators said Tuesday.”

This election season, Republicans are being hunted by wolves, and it appears that these wolves have hit the campaign trail with a targeted agenda,” according to a news release from the Republican members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., is the ranking Republican on the committee and has long done battle with environmental groups.

Rodger Schlickeisen, president of Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, rejected the accusations: “Sadly, Sen. Inhofe not only has his facts wrong, but also he displays an incredible lack of understanding about the relationships between energy policy, special interest influence and environmental impact.”

The ads from Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund are classified as “independent expenditures” under federal election laws and are not connected to the campaign of Democratic challenger Betsy Markey, though the group has endorsed her.

“Markey and her radical friends are outright hostile to the agriculture and energy industries which provide the foundation for the economy in 4th district of Colorado,” Musgrave campaign manager Jason Thielman said. “Defenders’ shadow campaign on behalf of Markey is a dangerous example of how outside groups with outside interests bend the laws, hide in the shadows, poison the tone of civil discourse.”

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