Candidate For Fort Collins City Council Rejects Endorsement, Takes Stand Against Big Money Influence

This is the sort of thing we like to see and unfortunately see rarely. Kudos to Ross Cunniff. If more people would reject special interest influence it would tend to go away.

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Democracy Extinction Level Event

In the movie “Deep Impact” a journalist overhears a cabinet member talking about “Ellie,” whom she assumed was his mistress. It turns out that what she overheard was “ELE,” which stands for “extinction level event.” The film’s actual plot is about an asteroid on a collision course with Earth. I mention this because I have struggled to express the magnitude of the danger presented to our democracy by privately purchased political campaigns.

 

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Poll; PAC Issue Helps Romanoff

Mark Mehringer of Peak Campaigns, working for CleanSlateNow.org, just completed a Colorado poll--400 active voters called on February 10-11. Here's a link to the article in Westword.

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Updated List of Colorado Legislators who are Recipients of Gun Lobby Money

With the gun debate currently underway in the Colorado legislature, we thought it would be valuable to point out which current legislators have taken PAC money from gun lobby interest groups. The following information was found on TRACER, through open records on the Colorado Secretary of State’s website

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It's only been three months since the last election but...

Prepare for battle. The weapons are out already.

Donkey and elephant

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N.R.A. Defends Right to Own Politicians

Andy Borrowitz of The New Yorker, Jan. 30, 2013:

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Obama Campaign Makeover: Into The Dark Side

 

Image credit: The Cagle Post

Late last week, former Obama campaign executives announced the launching of Organizing for Action, the transformation of President Obama's campaign organization into a new nonprofit aimed at issue advocacy to advance the president’s agenda in his second term.

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Whack Jobs

I have written many times about how great wealth, distributed with increasing disparity and allowed unfettered access to the political system is compromising the democratic character of our political system. 

But today, while watching the gun debate on television, I became focused on another problem—the whack jobs running Congress.

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Obama is a great guy, but what the….

"Imagine that you are a young congressional intern at the inauguration, standing in a big crowd listening to inspiring words.  After the speech, you get to eavesdrop on members of Congress discussing the evening's festivities..."

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Follow the Money: Profiting from Your Privacy

We’ve told you before about the influence of money when it comes to passing a defense budget. A lot of companies want to get in on the Pentagon pork.

But there are other ways corporations that work in the defense arena are able to have influence.

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Don't have seconds. Later you'll have remorse.

Americans have a lot to be thankful for this year - not least of which is the fact that the most expensive Presidential campaign in history is over. 

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Citizens United Not The Only Problem

You may know Trevor Potter as the lawyer for Stephen Colbert's former super PAC, "A Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow." But he was also once a Republican Federal Election Commission (FEC) Chairman. 

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Colbert Says Goodbye to His Super PAC

Comedian Stephen Colbert did a lot to bring attention to the absurdity of our current campaign finance system with his Colbert Super PAC. But this week, with the election over, Colbert announced the end of that PAC. In an email to his supporters, Colbert wrote, "I write this letter with a heavy heart and elevated cholesterol. Earlier today, our advisor and chief strategist, Ham Rove, passed away. Authorities believe he repeatedly tripped and fell onto a knife several dozen times. Later some dogs ate him. It was all quite tragic.”

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Superman's Backpack

Niki and I were looking over the results of a poll on money in politics (PDF) conducted just after the election.

“Seven percent of people have a warm feeling towards Super PACs,” I told Niki in some disbelief.

“They are probably people who think that Super PACs can help them win,” Niki responded, “or friends of Karl Rove.”

“They are probably people who think a Super PAC is a backpack that Superman wears,” I offered.

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Did Big Money Lose?

With the election results in, many people are wondering if money in politics is really even an issue anymore. Karl Rove's PAC American Crossroads had an abysmal 1.29% return on investment, after spending nearly $105 million. Sunlight Foundation has broken down exactly who they supported and opposed and which of those candidates won or lost.

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The Gettysburg Address, Revised

Gettysburg Address

Revised following Citizens United

Abraham Lincoln

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What is your solution?

Some things increase at an exponential rate. For instance, you may know the story about the engineer who built a bridge for an Asian king. The king offered the man jewels and money, because he was so happy with the result.  But the engineer said, “This is all I want.  Put one grain of rice on the first square of a chess board.  Put two on the second, four on the third, eight on the fourth and so on until you have reached the end of the chess board.” 

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The Money behind CO Amendment 65

What’s in it?

Amendment 65* charges state lawmakers with furthering the state's policy on money in politics. It also instructs congressional delegates to support efforts to overrule the Citizens United decision by amending the U.S. Constitution, and it instructs Colorado legislators to support an amendment to overturn Citizens United.

You can find the full text of the amendment here.

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The Money behind CO Amendment 64

What’s in it?

Amendment 64* would legalize the sale and possession of marijuana for adults age 21 and over. Marijuana would be regulated in the same way alcohol is regulated. A tax would be levied on the sale. The first $40 million in revenue annually would be credited to the public school capital construction assistance fund.” It would also allow for the industrial cultivation of hemp, a plant similar to marijuana but containing significantly less THC – the psychoactive chemical.

You can find the full text of the amendment here.

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The Money behind CO Amendment S

Amendment S:

This amendment hasn’t been getting much attention in CO, and that may be because it’s not so easy to understand. We’ve even heard that there is confusion on whether it hurts or helps Colorado employees. Here we’ve laid out the funding behind the supporters and opposition and let you decide*.

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