Udall reports fundraising before critical House vote

Udall signs eight-year-old Brendan Stewart’s, right, poster outside of Democrat headquarters in GJ Wednesday

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mark Udall reported raising $35,713 in campaign contributions at a time when Colorado Republicans say he should have been traveling back to Washington, according to a recently filed financial disclosure.

Republicans have criticized Udall for missing a July 30 vote regarding when the U.S. House should adjourn, citing a promise the candidate made during a debate to vote against adjourning Congress before it passed legislation allowing offshore drilling.

Udall’s campaign reported receiving the $35,713 worth of contributions the day before and day of the vote, July 30.

The vote in question, which passed 213 to 212, authorized Congress to vote to adjourn at a later date.

At the time of the 1:04 p.m. vote, Udall reportedly was running up the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

Udall later wrote a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., decrying the timing of the vote.

Udall voted during the second adjournment vote, on Aug. 1, against sending the House on vacation. The House then voted to adjourn.

“I was in Colorado that day (July 29) and flew early the next morning to Washington,” Udall said during a Wednesday event in Grand Junction.

He said he was campaigning the day before the vote and not shirking his duties as some have suggested.

Dick Wadhams, campaign manager for Republican Senate candidate Bob Schaffer, said the exact amount of Udall’s fundraising does not change anything about his critique of the congressman.

“The issue remains the same,” Wadhams said. “Raising money for his campaign was more important than doing the job he was elected to do … (and) fulfilling the pledge he made to be there in the House of Representatives and oppose adjournment until an energy bill was voted on.”

Udall submitted his campaign finance report last week, but Federal Election Commission rules allow U.S. Senate candidates to send in paper reports. As a result, Udall’s latest report didn’t appear on the commission’s Web site until Wednesday.


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