A Bronze Star recipient and a veterans’ advocate
Rep. Jason Crow (CO-06) enlisted in the National Guard early in his life and worked construction jobs to pay his way through college. In college, he joined the ROTC, and served in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division after the September 11th attacks. He earned a Bronze Star for his combat actions in Iraq, and later served two additional tours in Afghanistan. Since leaving the army, Jason has been a leading veterans’ advocate nationally and in Colorado.
A leading example of how to run on campaign finance reform
Crow made getting special interest money out of politics central to his campaign. He was one of the first candidates in the country to reject corporate PAC money, and used that pledge and his reform efforts to draw a strong contrast to Mike Coffman, who had consistently beaten back well-funded challenges from Democrats in past cycles. In general election debates, the candidates sparred over campaign cash and the role of money in the race. Crow criticized Coffman for his NRA contributions, repeated his refusal to take corporate PAC money, and called for the reversal of Citizens United. Crow’s refusal of corporate PAC money and Coffman’s history of supporting policies that benefited special interests and campaign donors figured heavily in TV ads from Crow and supportive outside groups. Internal ECU polling showed that Crow’s reform message resonated with voters and that his support increased after paid communications on the issue ran in the district.
A critical re-election campaign
Crow is the first Democrat to represent Colorado’s 6th congressional district, and will be an NRCC target this cycle. ECU spent over $1 million to help elect Congressman Crow in 2018, and is proud to stand with him once again as he prepares for a tough re-election.
Reformer at Risk?
No Corporate PAC?