Rocky Mountain Gun Owners PAC
Colorado's ONLY Pro-Gun Political Action Committee
Colorado Ceasefire's gun control 2004 candidate survey (This file is in Adobe Acrobat pdf format)
RMGO PAC formed to defend gun rights in Colorado's 2004 elections Click HERE to donate
July 15, 2004
Dear friend of freedom,
They’re stripping us of our First Amendment rights so they can destroy our Second Amendment rights.
I know this sounds like something out of a George Orwell novel, but politicians –- along with liberal, gun-grabbing interest groups –- don’t want grassroots organizations like Rocky Mountain Gun Owners to be effective in defending our rights.
Fortunately for us, they’ve left a loophole.
But first, let me back up and start from the beginning.
You know me as the Executive Director of Colorado’s largest gun rights group.
I’ve fought alongside you –- and thousands like you –- to defend freedom and advance the cause of liberty for more than a decade.
Even after the Columbine tragedy, when most of the so-called “pro-gun” groups scurried away with a feeble look on their face (which only made gun owners look guilty for the vile acts of two deranged madmen), I pro-actively defended our views and constitutional rights. Geraldo Rivera heaped his scorn on me when I was a guest on his “news” program, but I wear that scorn as a badge of honor.
But I write you today in a different capacity.
You see, I’ve formed Rocky Mountain Gun Owners PAC.
What’s a PAC? A “political action committee” is an entity that can endorse candidates, give them money, and –- more importantly –- tell citizens the truth about candidates who run for office.
In years past, RMGO has had the most active gun issues PAC in Colorado. And it has been helpful to elect strong, no-compromise candidates to the legislature.
But this election year things have changed. The anti-gunners have decided that they can shut us – you, me and our entire grassroots network –- down by passing limitations on our free speech.
In other words, these gun-grabbers will stomp on our First Amendment rights of free speech so that they can savage our Second Amendment rights with impunity. And make no mistake about it, once RMGO is hamstrung, they’ll be no united group left to stand for freedom in Colorado.
Unfortunately for the gun-banners, they left a little “loophole”.
By passing draconian limits on free speech for organizations like Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, they’ve left a gap that actually gives us an advantage.
You see, the gun-grabbers think firearms owners are a rich bunch, and that fatcat donors write $100,000 checks to bankroll our efforts.
Though I’m happy they are under that illusion, I don’t mind telling you that they have things wrong –- very wrong.
RMGO and RMGO PAC are grassroots organizations. Though we’d love to have a big donor write a huge check to give us the resources to fight gun control and advance freedom, it hasn’t happened –- and probably won’t. We’re too uncompromising in our defense of freedom for most of the bluebloods to donate to us.
We do, however, have a lot of people –- just like you –- who work for a living, go about your everyday lives, and care about freedom.
Here’s where it gets interesting: the new campaign laws allow for the formation of a “Small Donor PAC”.
That’s what RMGO PAC is filed as. And RMGO PAC can only accept donations of $50 per person (so a couple could give $100).
Unlike other PACs –- which are limited to donating small amounts to state-level offices –- a small donor PAC can give up to $4,000 per election year.
And RMGO PAC can spend up to that amount educating voters about candidates and telling the truth about their stances on guns.
This is huge! Through this loophole, we can have an enormous effect on who is elected.
I believe we should use this to our advantage.
Our plan is to get thousands of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners members and gun rights activists across the state to donate $50 per person –- the maximum you can give.
Can you imagine what we can do with that kind of clout?
This could lead to the biggest change in Colorado history...
...but only if you will join with RMGO PAC and donate the maximum amount.
If we can get gun owners to band together, united in the cause of freedom, to fully fund this PAC, we can make an enormous difference for in our state.
State law only allows you to donate $50 per person – or $100 per couple – to this Small Donor PAC, and so it is imperative that everyone give the maximum donation – or at least as much as you can afford.
In fact, it is vital that we all give sacrificially to this PAC, or the enemies of our firearms freedoms will almost certainly will beat us.
That’s why I need you to do these three things today:
1. Use the following Rocky Mountain Gun Owners PAC “Freedom 2004 Campaign” reply to indicate to me if you would like to be a part of the largest gun rights political action committee in Colorado history.
2. Donate the maximum amount -- $50 per person -– to RMGO PAC, and send it off today.
Don’t forget to fill in the “Occupation” and “Employer” lines – silly as they might be, they are yet another example of the limitations being placed on free Americans by the anti-gun liberals who pass these new campaign finance laws.
Unfortunately, we don't have the equipment to take credit card donations to our PAC (our PAC's bank account must be totally separate from our regular organization's finances).
3. Get your wife, a friend, a family member or a shooting buddy from your local gun club to contribute and use the bottom contribution form.
But don’t wait – you must hurry. The Primary election is only weeks away, and your contribution could mean the difference between a win or a loss for a solid, pro-gun State House candidate.
All you need to do is print out the below reply, fill it out, and send it off with your donation. I've also attached an html document that you can print out as a reply. (or you can find this document on our webpage HERE.
If you'd like to get your friends from work involved in this effort, you can print out the reply and urge them to donate as well.
It truly is that important, and time is VERY short.
You can be a part of one of the biggest battles in Colorado history. I hope you will.
P.S. Though new campaign finance laws were meant to shut out gun owners, we have something the gun-grabbers in both parties don’t: grassroots activism.
I hope you will donate the maximum allowable by law –- $50 –- to the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners PAC today!
Paid for by Rocky Mountain Gun Owners PAC, Dudley Brown Treasurer
6/04 Here Comes The Semi-Auto Ban Again
Feinstein Planning to Offer Semi-auto Ban as an Amendment Soon
-- Please urge your Senators to oppose this effort
Gun Owners of America
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102
Springfield, VA 22151
Wednesday, June 2, 2004
Well, we knew this day would eventually come.
GOA has been warning gun owners that Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein of California would be looking for an avenue to attach her gun ban to unrelated legislation sometime this year.
According to Senate sources, Feinstein will be making her move quite soon.
While she reportedly has her eyes on a number of different bills as possible vehicles for her amendment, it seems certain that she will try to piggy-back her anti-gun language onto a legal reform bill (such as S. 2062) within the next few weeks.
You will remember that when Feinstein offered her gun ban amendment in March, it passed 52-47.
While a switch of only three Senators would be enough to kill the amendment, it seems that the easiest way to defeat Feinstein will be through a filibuster. Our side only needs 41 Senators to kill her amendment through the art of filibuster, and it would appear that we definitely have that many votes... BUT ONLY IF THE 47 SENATORS WHO VOTED RIGHT LAST TIME CONTINUE TO HOLD THE LINE!
That’s why we need another barrage of phone calls and e-mails going into Senate offices.
ACTION: Please contact your Senators and urge them to oppose any Feinstein amendment to reinstate the semi-auto ban. Tell them to also support any effort to filibuster this unconstitutional legislation.
You can send the letter as an e-mail by visiting the GOA Legislative Action Center at http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm (where phone and fax numbers are also available).
----- Pre-written letter -----
I have been alerted to the fact that Sen. Dianne Feinstein is planning to offer the renewal of Clinton’s semi-auto ban as an amendment to legislation in upcoming weeks.
I would join the voices of many other Americans who would urge you to support our call for a filibuster against the reauthorization.
Please know that the Clinton semi-auto ban is one of the most hated pieces of legislation ever enacted, and those who support its reauthorization will find no friends or votes within the pro-gun community.
Pratt To Speak
Larry Pratt, Gun Owners of America’s Executive Director, will be speaking at the Freedom Roast in Sioux Falls, SD on Saturday, June 12.
This is a family event with attractions for the kids while the parents are taking in the speeches or filling up on the free eats at this gala hog roast.
Pratt will be available at the GOA tent when he is not at the podium. His book and GOA membership applications will be available.
See http://www.freedomroast.us for more information.
S.1805 Monstrosity dead -- RMGO members deserve huge credit
March 2, 2004 - Though you can expect a full and lengthy account of the events today, we wanted to send out an immediate message of thanks to RMGO activists for being one of the driving forces to kill S.1805, which became a full-blown gun control bill.
Earlier today -- as expected -- S.1805 had a number of anti-gun amendments attached, including a renewal of the assault weapons ban and closing the "gun show loophole".
In other words, there was no way even the compromisers who run the NRA Capitol Hill lobbying program could deny it: S.1805 was a gun control bill.
The NRA's original plan was to pass it to the House with these (and possibly other) gun controls on the bill, then hope the House leadership stripped them out. This incredibly risky strategy was a recipe for disaster, but it was a meal we would all have to stomach -- until a number of state-level gun rights organizations decided to take action.
We weren't alone -- a loose-knit group of no compromise organizations like Rocky Mountain Gun Owners followed our lead, and rallied the troops.
With your action -- remember, ideas do not have consequences, only actions do -- we put the heat on the NRA. They were playing poker with OUR gun rights, and they're playing a very risky strategy. Our message was NO THANKS!
And, of course, their apologists came out of the woodwork, first claiming there were no sneaky deals and then claiming the deals would work.
Don't let anyone tell you differently: there was a deal in the works, but the grassroots said "No more backroom deals in smoke-filled rooms, no more sneaky insider maneuvers, no more compromises."
It was because of you, and your actions, that we won this battle.
You'll hear the NRA claim they planned on killing it in the Senate once the bill wasn't clean, but we all know that isn't accurate: Even an hour before the final vote today, the NRA was saying they would fix the bill in the House.
We all know what we get when we let the NRA drive the bus: they come back to us, apologizing that they couldn't win and telling us that the gun controls that passed (with the NRA's help) aren't as bad as those that were proposed. Again, no thanks.
We all want to protect firearms manufacturers from frivolous lawsuits, but it simply isn't worth the possibility of passing a renewal of the Assault Weapons ban, trigger locks, gun show restrictions, NRA-supported "Armor Piercing Ammo" bans, cops only concealed carry, etc.
In the end, we all did what we had to do: oppose gun control, no matter who is pushing it.
In the next few days we'll write a blow-by-blow of this entire battle.
For now, know that the grassroots activists have won the day.