Protecting Colorado’s Environment, Economy and Energy Security, known as Protect Colorado, is a 501(c)(4) group created by PR firm Pac/West Communications on behalf of the oil and gas industry. The group is an issue committee, originally formed to fight ballot measures aimed at regulating the oil and gas industry. The group is now focused on passing Raise the Bar, and has contributed $1,000,000 to the Raise the Bar committee. Protect Colorado has also changed its mission statement filed with the Secretary of State, allowing it to directly work on Raise the Bar as its own issue committee.
Protect Colorado is the politcal arm of Coloradan for Responsible Energy Development (CRED), also created by Pac/West Communications. The main goal of these groups is to leverage corporate money to counter the popular cry for greater regulation and accountability from the oil and gas industry.
The Communications Director for Protect Colorado is ex-Denver Post employee Karen Crummy.
CRED and Protect Colorado have been caught violating elections rules by not disclosing required information in Loveland.
Protect Colorado has a budget of at least $24 million specifically for opposing oil and gas regulatory ballots in 2016.
Protect Colorado outspent community groups trying to pass oil and gas reforms by the largest margin of any ballot race in the U.S. 24:1
Protect Colorado routinely downplays and ignores the science on fracking.