Mar 8, 2010 5:57 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Gov. Ritter blasts Amazon's Affiliate move

Gov. Bill Ritter criticized Amazon’s decision Monday to end its Affiliate Marketing program with Colorado residents over a new tax proposed by Gov. Ritter, passed by the legislature and signed by the governor:

“Amazon has taken a disappointing – and completely unjustified – step of ending its relationship with associates. While Amazon is blaming a new state law for its action, the fact is that Amazon is simply trying to avoid compliance with Colorado law and is unfairly punishing Colorado businesses in the process. My office worked closely with Amazon’s affiliates and associates to modify House Bill 1193 to specifically protect small businesses, avoid job losses and provide a fair, level playing field for on-line retailers and Main Street, brick-and-mortar retail shops alike. Amazon’s position is unfortunate, and Coloradans certainly deserve better.”

Amazon will continue to accept orders from Colorado residents and will allow Affiliates in other states to market to Colorado. Only Colorado residents are cut-off.


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