In the wake of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s $350,000 donation to challenge the recalls of two Colorado state senators, the National Rifle Association has countered with a $250,000 donation within the past two weeks.

According to the Associated Press, the NRA so far has contributed more than $360,000 to push for the recalls of State Senate President John Morse, of Colorado Springs, and State Senator Angela Giron, of Pueblo. Both are Democrats who supported gun-control laws that were passed by Colorado legislators earlier this year and were signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper.

The separate recall elections will be September 10. The Pueblo Chieftain reported this week that Democrats in Giron’s district had out-voted Republicans by a nearly 3-to-1 margin in early voting tallies. Overall, as of Tuesday afternoon, 1,688 Democrats voted in the special election, compared with 599 Republicans and 428 independent and minor-party voters. Giron’s district has a majority of Democratic voters.

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