STATE BILL COLORADO
A Denver credit union, Bellco, has removed from its Facebook wall pages of negative customer comments criticizing the company for spending $50,000 to attack incumbent Rep. Joe Rice, a Democrat, in his race against Republican Kathleen Conti.
During the 2010 legislative session, Rice voted against a bill that Bellco supported. The vote spurred the company’s late-campaign decision to give to an organization airing negative Rice TV spots and publishing anti-Rice mailers.
The effort has surprised some at the Capitol because Rice, seeking a third-term, is a moderate Democrat who reliably supports legislation seen as pro-business. Several area business organizations have endorsed his candidacy.
Bellco was formed in 1936 as the employees’ credit union for what came to be known as Mountain Bell Telephone.