Always follow the money

Here it is October; the year just flew by and we’re already close to the progressive left’s favorite holiday, Halloween — – one of the few holidays that doesn’t involve some savior, saint or dead male president.

I’m also preparing for the other anniversary this month, “Dead Che Day,” remembering Oct. 9, 1967, the anniversary of the Bolivian Army releasing the spirit of revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara, into the afterlife, to organize whomever he found there into revolutionary cells and communal farms.

I’ll be celebrating the traditional way — shooting holes in a black beret and drinking rum — in that order. But even in these busy times there is an election, which surprisingly involves individuals not running for president of the United States.

This is something we should have more information about considering we are affected by state races faster than whatever collection of Jabberwockys are selected to plague Washington, D.C.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s certain that anticipated happenings in our nation’s capital can and possibly will lead to the end of life as we know it. The Constitution may be noticed only when it becomes a postage stamp — which will cost $11.

What I’m referring to is the various races for control of Colorado’s two legislative houses, of which, the House of Representatives is controlled by Democrats and the state Senate is controlled by Republicans, but only by one vote.

This, of course, is an intolerable situation with a caring and progressive House of Representatives and a slightly hateful state Senate. Therefore, in order to rectify the situation, there seems to be a movement in place to duplicate the tactics used in the seizure of the statehouse by Democrats in 2008, from fairly solid Republican control, as is very ably documented in the book “The Blueprint.”

Colorado is thought of as something of a bellwether or transitional state for social change, particularly being a traditionally conservative state located in the West. So changes in state law are something prized as an example of how things can be done in other states with similar conditions.

What makes our state a target for outside political influence by a few wealthy people is that our voting blocs have become frontloaded by the left in the urban Denver-Boulder corridor, leaving the conservative rural parts of the state as targets for change.

Many of the Senate and House districts have dispersed populations with small media markets, populated by a very low percentage of six-figure-per-year earners.

As a consequence, races in these areas tend to be financed at fairly low amounts, so targeting these places, where outside money can go a long way in media coverage and in swamping the opposition in targeted radio spots and direct mail campaigns, can be extremely effective.

In 2014 Kerry Donovan from the neighboring 5th Senate District defeated Republican Don Suppes by 2.3 percent of the vote, or 1,301 votes. Donovan’s top five donors were the Democratic Party, three unions and the political action group Conservation Colorado, which has received serious support from California hedge fund billionaire and environmental activist Tom Steyer.

Steyer, according to some excellent reporting done at Complete Colorado, spent $357,000 doing polling and research last year preparing for the 2016 Colorado elections.

In this year’s election, State Sen. Laura Woods of Senate District 19 seems to be the major target to flip the recalcitrant Senate to Democrats. One of the main avenues of this attack comes from Fairness in Colorado, a political action group funded by Conservation Colorado and America Votes, which states, “we are essential to building progressive power in the states session-by-session and election-by-election.”

Significant outside capital, channeled by interlocking political committees into targeted smaller races have had a significant effect on Colorado life.

Brilliant really. For instance, I noticed a new group formed this year calling itself Colorado Safety & Justice, based oddly enough at 700 13th St. NW, Washington D.C. It was born about 10 days ago with a $100,000 contribution from progressive billionaire George Soros.

Their objective is, “Working to elect District Attorney candidates committed to policies that make communities safer and more just by making independent expenditures.”

I might find that interesting if I were a Republican DA.

When considering candidates, see who spends money on them, then take the next step and find out who gives that group money. It will tell you a lot.

Rick Wagner: former prosecutor, peace officer and special agent of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.


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Yes, Mr. Wagner, by all means follow the money. However, the first place one should look is to oneself and one’s own causes.  One does not first point to someone else, but to oneself and what one is doing, instead of looking at others.  Doing otherwise less than brutal honesty and intellectual integrity.

The real problem (and therefore where the real problem arises) is not the “trail of money” but the fact that, in the minds of all too many, money is either all that matters, or is placed far ahead of anything else. In fact, that is what far too many use as the standard in measuring the worth of individuals as human beings.  All one has to do is listen very carefully to what individuals actually say, or look at what they actually do (which is all too frequently at odds with what they claim to believe).

Also, by all means look at “who spends the money on them, then take the next step to find out who gives the group money”.  But there again, look at everything and everyone, and at oneself first.  That means that Mr. Wagner has to look at who is supporting his agenda;  i.e. which includes entire industries, large corporations and very wealthy individuals.  What some of us find is that “once again”, Mr. Wagner and others all too frequently fail to do that, preferring instead to “point the finger at those others”. 

Sorry, Mr. Wagner, but if you wish to be convincing in your arguments, it will be necessary for you to look at the entire picture, and not only at that part which either pleases you or serves your purposes.

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