Correction: Campaign contribution charge not accurate
A letter to the editor published in the Monday, Oct. 15, edition of the Post Independent made an incorrect statement regarding a campaign contribution to John Martin, a Garfield County commissioner.
Letter-writer Russ Arensman of Glenwood Springs stated that Martin had received a campaign contribution for $20,000 from Antero Resources, and later made decisions as a commissioner that were favorable to Antero.
In fact, the $20,000 contribution made on Oct. 3, 2008, by Paul Rady, chairman and CEO of Antero, was to a separate 527 organization called Western Heritage, not to the Martin campaign.
On Monday, Martin said he has never accepted a campaign contribution larger than $1,000 from anyone, and that he has never accepted a campaign contribution of any amount from an energy company.
Martin also noted that while he did vote in November 2010 against having Garfield County intervene in a gas well spacing case before state regulators, he voted in favor of the county’s intervening in the case in December 2010, after more substantial expert opinions emerged.
Regarding a lawsuit over a pipeline installation, Martin said his vote was to withdraw Garfield County from the case after Antero reached a settlement with the landowner.
On Monday, Arensman sent a statement that included these comments:
“It has come to my attention that Antero Resources CEO Paul Rady’s $20,000 campaign contribution in 2008 was actually made to Western Heritage, a tax-exempt Denver-based 527 political action group. Western Heritage in turn spent most of the money on voter education and voter contact in support of both Garfield County Commissioner John Martin and commissioner candidate Mike Samson.
“I apologize to Mr. Martin for suggesting that the Antero CEO’s campaign contribution was made to him, when in fact the funds were donated to Western Heritage. Technically, neither Mr. Rady nor Antero Resources were among Commissioner Martin’s campaign contributors in 2008. And 527 groups are not supposed to communicate directly with candidates on whose behalf they are working.”
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