Tipton family firm gained from stimulus

While he campaigns against the economic stimulus package, Republican congressional candidate Scott Tipton has received $3,700 in campaign contributions from a company that received federal stimulus money.

The connection illustrates Tipton’s hypocrisy in opposing the stimulus, said a spokeswoman for Tipton’s opponent, U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo., who dubbed him anew “Two Ways Tipton.”

The company, Triad Western, a southwest Colorado construction company, was founded by his father and uncle, but Tipton has had no say in the business since selling his part in it some 15 years ago, Tipton said.

Triad Western has contributed $3,700 this campaign cycle to Tipton and more than $13,000 to Tipton since Tipton ran for Congress first in 2006.

Triad Western received nearly $12 million in stimulus funds, federal documents show.

In addition to running for Congress in 2006, Tipton ran successfully in 2008 for Colorado House District 58.

“Triad Western is a success story, keeping people employed to do good, much-needed work around the state of Colorado at a time of economic uncertainty,” Salazar spokeswoman Tara Trujillo said. “However, Scott Tipton, whose family started the company, says that the stimulus funding didn’t create jobs and is attacking John for voting for a bill that helped Tipton’s family business during a tough economy.”

A spokesman for Tipton’s campaign said Salazar’s campaign is reaching.

“For John Salazar to draw Scott’s family into this campaign is final evidence of how low he’s sunk to stay in power,” spokesman Sean Walsh said. “It’s sad that Salazar will be remembered for such shameful tactics.”

“The fact remains John Salazar voted for stimulus promising to create jobs, but Coloradans have yet to see any,”  said Walsh.

Tipton said Salazar could have cut money from the stimulus, “but instead he voted to spend money on lobster research in Maine, a future weatherman program in San Jose and a tattoo-removal program in California.”


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