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Independent groups reported spending $9.4 million on federal campaigns in Colorado between Sept. 1st and Oct. 12th, more than in any other state, with $7.5 million - 80% - going to Republican candidates. Leading the way were two groups, American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS spending $3.6 million through Oct. 12th to oppose Senator Michael Bennet. Other outside interest groups including The U.S. Chamber of Commerce are also spending money in Colorado with the Chamber spending $1.1 million in ads in Colorado.

American Crossroads discloses its donors; Crossroads GPS is set up as an issue-advocacy group and doesn't. Recently, American Crossroads disclosed that it is funded almost exclusively by four billionaires. Two of the four made their money in the oil and gas industry.

The Chamber of Commerce not only does not disclose its donors and has been known to receive foreign money. It refuses to disclose where the tens of millions of dollars it is receiving are coming from. Perhaps they have something to hide. Recently, the Chamber’s President, Thomas Donohue urged American companies to send jobs overseas. The irony of this is that many of the Chamber’s partisan attack ads blame Democrats for killing jobs even as they openly support American companies firing Americans to have the work done overseas.

We here in Colorado have a right to know what outside anonymous special interest donors are trying to influence our elections with their money. This is not free speech. It is bought speech and a threat to our Democracy. You don’t get something for nothing and when anonymous corporate titans put up large campaign contributions they want something in return.

I do not want to vote for a candidate that is being aided by advertisements funded by anonymous business groups. They do not have our best interests in mind.
Robert Winslow

Posted by Rafiki on 10/16/2010 at 4:19 PM

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