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Good for those businesses who have dropped membership in a politically charged Chamber!  It is NOT the role of a neutral supportive organization of business to endorse and support any political candidate.

It is certainly time for a change in leadership at the Chamber and shameful that any business or organization would be a member of or support any group that speaks one thing and does what it damn well pleases.  Not every citizen or business has a right or left thinking philosophy, only do the right thing philosophy, which seems to be missing more and more these days!

I think that 501(c)4’s (which I assume the Business Alliance is) can contribute something less than half of their spending to a candidate more directly, say by giving to a PAC [501(c)(4) can conduct unlimited lobbying and it can engage in partisan electoral activity if it’s not the organization’s “primary purpose”]. http://www.opensecrets.org/527s/types.php

Which is fundamentally the issue—its not just about educating the electorate, its about running a specific slate of partisan candidates, or supporting partisan candidates, that generally have a narrow view of the economy and what’s good for ‘jobs’ (as well as often carry a lot of other baggage, i.e. Rick B, that leads to other business leaders (as per above) questioning the Chamber’s purpose.  Is it representative of businesses or a partisan platform for attack?  If its primary the latter seems like there is suddenly room for something that is genuinely the former, and someone should get on it.

In its articles of incorporation, the Western Colorado Business Alliance lists as its purpose, “The purpose for which the corporation is organized is to take measures to strengthen the business community in Grand Junction, Colorado and the surrounding area.”

Yet WCBA used Denver law firm Holland and Hart to incorporate.  Ironic, huh?  There was no local law firm qualified to do something as basic as incorporating a nonprofit?

Thank you, Charles Ashby, for writing this comprehensive piece. Hopefully it will stimulate conversation among Chamber members. There is a very seedy underbelly here that is all about personal gain at the cost of what is right for the community we live in. I spent some time digging into the proposed betting facility at the County Fairgrounds, and noted that those speaking out the loudest were also those who stood to gain financially, but could only achieve those gains by controlling the political system. This isn’t about what is good for business or the community, it is about what is good for a few cronies, and those willing to be manipulated by the elite.

My candidacy is the perfect example of how the Chamber isn’t about small business. They endorsed Steve King, a former cop, as the pro-business candidate, even though my decades long career was spent financing and understanding the needs of small business.

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