Denver Credit Union Strips Facebook Page Of Campaign Barbs

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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.

The credit union’s Facebook page can be viewed here. The Denver Post earlier reported on the Facebook blowback.

Bellco was formed in 1936 as the employees’ credit union for what came to be known as Mountain Bell Telephone.

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