Conservatives are crying foul after a small public university in southern Colorado offered college credit for students volunteering for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.
Adams State University in Alamosa insists it did nothing wrong and that independent-study credits are available for students working for any campaign, but Republican Mitt Romney's camp never asked. The school says it withdrew the Obama internship offer because no students signed up for it.
The Adams State flap underscores the pitched presidential battle in Colorado and shows how the presidential campaigns have taken far different approaches to engaging college students for campaign work.
The conservative Americans For Prosperity argues public institutions shouldn't give course credit for campaigning. In a letter sent this week to the state Department of Higher Education, Colorado AFP head Jeff Crank called it "questionable" and "unethical" for Adams State to give course credit for campaign work.