Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner’s annual Christmas party will take place at the historic Brown Palace Hotel in Denver this evening. The annual event is officially hosted by Project West PAC, a leadership political action committee chaired by Gardner.
The gathering routinely attracts many of the most prominent Republicans in the state. Last year’s attendees included Secretary of State Wayne Williams, Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, GOP party chair Jeff Hays, gubernatorial hopeful Doug Robinson and many others.
This year, the PAC emailed invitations to numerous local party activists, some of whom weren’t sure if the email was legitimate.
Gardner himself was unable to attend last year’s party; he was stuck in D.C. helping to ensure that President Trumps massive tax cut bill passed the Senate. Secretary of State Wayne Williams filled in as host, while Gardner delivered a remote video message to his guests.
The Project West PAC donated a total of $315,000 to Republican candidates for federal office this past election. That includes $10,000 checks to Colorado Republican Congressmen Doug Lamborn, Scott Tipton and Mike Coffman.