Colorado

Lamborn Stands Up for Dirty Energy Donors

Maria Gunnoe, an award-winning anti-coal activist in West Virginia, testified before the House Committee on Natural Resources last week about the Obama administration and its contentious relationship with the coal industry.

As Mother Jones reports:

Second Shaffer Ad Goes up

Public Campaign Action Fund's Campaign Money Watch came out with a new ad highlighting Colorado Senate candidate Bob Schaffer's connections to Big Oil. Both Colorado Independent and PolitickerCO have reported on it.

 

Here's David Donnelly on the ad:

A bit of a stretch

Last week, Bob Schaffer, candidate for Senate in Colorado, claimed he shut down a sweatshop in the Mariana Islands. The problem, of course, is he doesn't have much evidence to back up this claim.

 

The Denver Post analyzed this claim. This Spring, Schaffer said the sweatshops "imported labor" should be a model for the U.S. An attorney representing who negotiated settlements on behalf of garment workers, said it was bankruptcy, not government intervention, that led to the shut downs.

Press on Schaffer Ad

The ad Public Campaign Action Fund's Campaign Money Watch project released yesterday on Colorado Senate candidate Bob Schaffer's connections to Jack Abramoff and campaign contributions from factory owners in the Northern Mariana Islands got some attention from Colorado press, including the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post.

Three Wrongs

Public Campaign Action Fund's Campaign Money Watch project is rolling out a new ad today to hold Colorado Senate candidate Bob Schaffer (R) accountable for a $13,000 junket he took (courtesy of Jack Abramoff) while in Congress to the Northern Mariana Islands where factories are notorious for abusing their largely female workforce. Schaffer must have been too busy parasailing on Abramoff's dime to note these abuses. He later received thousands in campaign contributions from the factory owners.

Repent

It's totally David Donnelly day in the papers -- this op-ed for the Denver Post, authored by David in his capacity as Director of Public Campaign Action Fund's Campaign Money Watch project, goes in to the relationship with convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff that Colorado Senate candidate, and former U.S. Representative Bob Schaffer (R) would rather keep quiet. And its no wonder, dealings with Abramoff have sunk more than a few political careers.

Transparency Isn't Enough

The Denver Post is concerned about groups and individuals finding sneakier ways to circumvent the spirit of campaign finance regulations. Not sold on the Clean Elections solution to money's pervasive influence on politics, the Post advocates better transparency about where the money funding the ads, mailings, calls, and events is coming from.

Colorado's increasing visibility on the national political landscape means people in the state are in the eye of the election storm:

Convention Cash

A big loophole allows corporations to pour money into the Democratic and Republican nominating conventions in exchange for access to lawmakers. The Denver Post examines the scramble for money in the 2008 host cities, Denver and Minneapolis and finds discomfort among both those raising the money and those giving it about what is going on.

Awareness is growing of the negative public attitudes towards the mingling of money and enhanced access to public officials:

 

Calling Colorado

Nancy Watzman, our Colorado-based research and investigative projects director, has this piece in The Denver Post on the potential to make real progress in passing Clean Elections-style full public financing for congressional elections - something she'd like to hear more about from Colorado's represenatatives in Congress.

 

Not So Desperate Housewives

Over at Colorado Confidential, read about some not-so-desperate housewives who have been contributing to Republican Rick O'Donnell's campaign for CO CD-7. These are women like Nancy Anschutz, wife of Phil, former chairman of Qwest; Christine Monfort, wife of Dick, an executive with the Rockies, and Margaret Reisher, wiife of Roger, founder of FirstBank.