Terrorism museum founder Larry Mizel hearts John McCain

A lot of speculation has been flying over the agenda behind the Center for Empowered Living and Learning (The Cell), the nation’s first supposed anti-terrorism museum located in Denver and the recent subject of colorful commentary at The Colorado Independent.

We’ve discovered that the museum’s founder, Larry Mizel, is a maxed-out contributor to Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign. You know, the Arizona senator who said on the campaign stump “that would be fine with me” if the U.S. remains in the Middle East for 100 years to fight al Qaeda.

A little research in The Cell’s financial backing finds ties directly back to Mizel, who according to Newsweek, is a Republican businessman who really likes to throw money at McCain:

Organizers of the exhibit say it is totally nonpartisan and has no political message. But it may not be an accident that the $7 million exhibit was conceived and funded by Lawrence Mizel, a wealthy Denver homebuilder and longtime Republican Party donor, who, according to federal records, is a maxed-out contributor to Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign.

Erin Rosa was born in Spain and raised in Colorado Springs. She is a freelance writer currently living in Denver. Rosa's work has been featured in a variety of news outlets including the Huffington Post, Democracy Now!, and the Rocky Mountain Chronicle, an alternative-weekly in Northern Colorado where she worked as a columnist covering the state legislature. Rosa has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on lobbying and woman's health issues. She was also tapped with a rare honorable mention award by the Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award in 2008--only the second such honor conferred in its nine-year history--for her investigative series covering the federal government's Supermax prison in the state. Rosa covers the labor community, corrections, immigration and government transparency matters. She can be reached at erosa@www.coloradoindependent.com.


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