Who is paying for these ads? Quid pro quo is a Latin phrase that is translated as "something for something" or "for this, that." In other words, if I do this for you, you will do that for me. That phrase came to mind when I received the most recent of several mailings attempting to demonize Colorado State Senator Kerry Donovan and Diane Mitsch Bush, candidate for Colorado's 3rd US Congressional seat. The mailings, which are quite expensive, are in full color and make outrageously false claims in an attempt to scare voters away from these women. These mailings are designed to have you look at them briefly, leave you with a negative impression of Donovan and Mitsch Bush and then be thrown away so you can't go back at a later time and check the false claims that were made. But, if you look closely at these pieces of propaganda, you will find in the tiniest of small print the words "Paid for by ..." and then the name of any number of what are called "dark money" groups. It's called dark money for a couple of reasons -- you can't tell who is donating the money, so that is "dark," but more importantly, since whoever is paying for this has gone to great pains to make sure that you can't tell who he or she is, you know that their intentions are "dark" also. Is it the Koch Brothers? The oil and gas industry? Vladimir Putin?
It matters because these groups have spent, and are spending, enormous amounts of money to get what is best for them, not what is best for Colorado or for you, and the people paying for these mailings expect a return on their investment. Since both Scott Tipton and Olen Lund's campaigns are being paid for by special interest groups it begs the question, who will these men be answering to if they are elected? To whom will they owe favors and votes? Whose side will they take in a dispute? Both of these men claim to not believe in the human causes of climate change despite overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary, and that is a direct result of the support that both of them receive from the fossil fuel industry. Both of these men believe in restricting your access to your public lands if it will benefit their clients in the oil and natural gas industry. Indeed, both men have supported selling off public lands and both of them support leasing and drilling in the North Fork Valley.
Neither Scott Tipton nor Olen Lund deserve your vote. We don't need a couple of sell-outs committed to doing the bidding of the Koch brothers and others determining what our quality of life will be in Colorado. We need elected officials who will represent and work for us. Diane Mitsch Bush and Kerry Donovan deserve your vote. They don't take "dark money" and they are not beholden to special interests. They are here for Colorado's benefit and for ours.