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Jason Crow
Personal details
Jason A. Crow

(1979-07-16) July 16, 1979 (age 39)
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Deserai Anderson Utley Crow
ChildrenPeter and Josephine
ResidenceDenver, Colorado
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin Madison (B.A.)
University of Denver Sturm College of Law (J.D.)
ProfessionDefense Attorney
AwardsDenver Business Journal, Forty Under 40, 2013[1]
University of Denver’s Ammi Hyde Achievement Award, 2015[2]
Bronze Star[3]

Jason Crow  is an American corporate defense attorney, former Army Ranger,  and politician. He is currently a Candidate for the United States House of Representatives  in Colorado's 6th congressional district.   Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Jason served in the U.S. Army for one term of enlistment before moving to Colorado to begin his legal and political career.

Personal life, education, and business career[edit | edit source]

Born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, Jason’s parents are insurance executives James and Julie Crow.[4]  Jason attended University of Wisconsin Madison on a ROTC scholarship, earning a bachelor's degree in 2002, in pre-Law and religion.   Jason served in the Army’s storied 82nd Airborne Division, where he led a platoon of paratroopers during the invasion of Iraq and earned the Bronze Star for his combat actions during the invasion.[3] Shortly after returning from Iraq, he joined the U.S. Army’s elite 75th Ranger Regiment, serving two additional tours – this time in Afghanistan, as part of the Joint Special Operations Task Force, where Jason served along the Pakistan border and achieved the rank of Captain.[3]   After his term of enlistment was up, Jason earned a law degree from the  University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2009 where he gained distinction for his interest in white-collar criminal defense. Immediately after law-school, Jason joined the Denver law firm Holland & Hart.

Jason lives with his wife, Deserai Anderson Utley Crow, and their two children, Peter and Josephine, in an upscale, 95% white enclave of the Stapleton neighborhood in East Denver.[5][6] Jason is a member of or serves on the board of numerous promenant organizations, including: Faculty of Federal Advocates, American Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, Sturm College of Law Alumni Council.[7] He also served on Colorado Symphony Board of Trustees (2013-2015), the Colorado Board of Veterans Affairs (2009-2014), and the Denver Police Foundation.[7] His high profile and DCCC connections have meant that Jason’s decision to throw his hat in the ring against Mike Coffman has generated significant media attention both locally and nationally, including feature articles in the Denver Post,[8] ColoradoPolitics.com,[9][10] the Aurora Sentinel,[11] and on Denver’s ABC affiliate,[12], as well as national mentions in Rolling Stone,[13] Politico,[14] The Hill,[15] and other media outlets.

Political Career[edit | edit source]

Jason has served on political advisory boards,[16] and he spoke at the Democratic National Convention in 2012.[17]

In April, 2017, Jason announced his intention to challenge incumbent Republican congressman Mike Coffman in Colorado's 6th congressional district.[18] He came under fire for first claiming to have been groomed by the DCCC, only to later disavow his statements.[19] Jason quickly racked up a handful of prominent endosements from local democratic operatives and from politicians Jason had previously contributed to.[20]

Controversies[edit | edit source]

Jason has been criticized for purging information about the types of clients he serves from the Holland & Hart website, a history of defending wealthy clients accused of stealing from or defrauding poor and marginalized communities and environmental destruction, and for living outside the district.[21] Some have argued that his history defending white-collar clients guilty of targeting vulnerable communities makes him poorly suited to represent an ethnically diverse, working class congressional district.  

Controversial clients[edit | edit source]

In 2014, Jason Crow defended Western Sky Financial,[22] a predatory payday lender who set up storefronts on tribal lands in order to target the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe with predatory loans illegal under federal and many state laws.[23] A federal judge ultimately ruled against Jason, finding that although operating a business on tribal lands offers some cover from obeying certain federal laws, an online payday lender cannot just prop up a storefront on tribal lands in order to offer high-interest loans that are illegal in many states.[24]   Jason also defended Michael Brian Patterson, the perpetrator of a telemarketing-based magazine-subscription scam.[25]  Patterson and several family members called consumers who were already receiving magazines and misrepresented themselves as being affiliated with the magazine publishers, telling them that monthly payments could be reduced and tricked consumers into offering credit-card numbers. Victims were charged as much as $1,200 each under fraudulently procured subscription contracts. Patterson was ultimately ordered to pay $6 million in penalties and restitution.[26]

Bio scrubbing[edit | edit source]

Where Jason’s bio used to contain references to a wide rage of white-collar defence experience, including representing:[27]

Shortly before his campaign announcement, the detail on the bio was eliminated and replaced with a more general statement that “Jason has conducted internal investigations nationwide, responded to emergency events, and handled a wide-range of government inquiries. He has developed a reputation for judgment and discretion while navigating clients through their most sensitive matters. He also advises clients on regulatory compliance matters, including the development of legal compliance programs.”[28]

Residence[edit | edit source]

Jason is one of three Coffman challengers in the last five cycles (Joe Miklosi and Andrew Romanoff are the others) who launched their campaign while living in Denver and outside the district. However, where both Miklosi and Romanoff moved into Aurora shortly after announcing, Jason has said he doesn’t plan to move until he wins.[29] This problem has been exacerabted by the fact that he lives in a 95% white, 5% Asian enclave of Denver’s upscale Stapleton neighborhood, while he is seeking to represent the most diverse congressional district in the state.[5][6]  

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Jason Crow - Holland & Hart LLP". www.hollandhart.com.
  2. "Holland & Hart's Jason Crow Receives DU's Ammi Hyde Award for Recent Graduate Achievement - Holland & Hart LLP". www.hollandhart.com.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Meet Jason - Jason Crow for Congress".
  4. "About Us - Wealth Planners Advisory Group".
  5. 5.0 5.1 "CROW, JASON ANDERSON UTLEY 303-532-6742 7860 E 26TH AVE". coloradovoters.info.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Overview of Block 004107-1-108, Denver County, Colorado (Block) - Statistical Atlas". statisticalatlas.com.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Jason Crow - Holland & Hart LLP". www.hollandhart.com.
  8. http://www.denverpost.com/2017/04/11/denver-attorney-jason-crow-challenging-mike-coffman/
  9. https://coloradopolitics.com/denver-attorney-combat-veteran-jason-crow-launches-democratic-challenge-mike-coffman/
  10. https://coloradopolitics.com/colorado-democrats-hopeful-jason-crow-man-take-mike-coffman/
  11. http://www.aurorasentinel.com/news/democratic-army-veteran-challenging-coffman-congress-seat-2018/
  12. http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/politics/dems-view-vets-as-strong-candidates-in-bid-to-retake-house-including-jason-crow-in-colorado
  13. https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/can-democrats-fix-the-party-w487160
  14. http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/21/seth-moulton-2018-endorsements-239809
  15. http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/337497-democratic-primary-could-upend-bid-for-colorado-seat
  16. http://www.coloradoblueflowerfund.org/docs/BlueFlower_Funding_Application%202013.docx
  17. Democratic National Convention (9 September 2012). "Jason Crow at the 2012 Democratic National Convention" – via YouTube.
  18. "Denver attorney Jason Crow to challenge Mike Coffman in 2018". 11 April 2017.
  19. "New congressional candidate Jason Crow admits membership in DCCC candidate factory". 12 April 2017.
  20. "PAGE BY PAGE REPORT DISPLAY FOR 28020800829 (Page 237 of 1604)". docquery.fec.gov.
  21. "Who We Are - Who They Really Represent".
  22. https://coag.gov/sites/default/files/contentuploads/ago/press-releases/2014/01/01-22-14/012214westerskyorderreconsentjudgmentapproved.pdf
  23. Frankel, Matthew (4 July 2017). "Western Sky Loans Are No More, but We Can All Learn a Valuable Lesson -- The Motley Fool".
  24. "Online Payday Lender Can't Hide Behind Western Sky's Tribal Affiliation". 2 September 2016.
  25. https://www.stopfraudcolorado.gov/sites/default/files/cases/H.%20Aragon%20Consent%20Judgment%20Order.pdf
  26. Steve Raabe - The Denver Post (28 February 2013). "Perp in Denver magazine scam ordered to pay $6 million in penalties".
  27. "Jason A. Crow - People - Holland & Hart LLP". 23 August 2012.
  28. "Jason Crow - Holland & Hart LLP". www.hollandhart.com.
  29. "Mike Coffman challenger Jason Crow talks about the battle in front of him - Colorado Politics". 17 May 2017.

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