CEW and Colorado “not-so” Independent continue tag-team “disingenuous” spin on campaign finance reporting, continuing baseless (and erroneous) attacks on Clear The Bench Colorado
“First they ignore you; Then they ridicule you; Then they attack you; Then you win.” Mohandas K. (Mahatma) Gandhi
Clear The Bench Colorado is firmly within the 3rd phase of Gandhi’s aphorism; following the filing earlier this month of an unfounded “campaign finance complaint” by notorious leftist attack group “Colorado Ethics Watch” (CEW, pronounced “sue” – it’s what they do) “picked up” as “news” primarily by the left-wing propaganda outlet Colorado “not-so” Independent, the CEW/CnsI tag team continues to spin any related news developments into yet another attack on Clear The Bench Colorado.
The most recent example turned up in an article published earlier today by the Colorado “not-so” Independent previewing the scheduled signing by Governor Ritter of “three influential bills into law Tuesday” (“influential bills?” where did the CnsI reporter learn to write?) in which the reporter really had to stretch to create a connection with which to attack Clear The Bench Colorado:
Another bill will require campaign issue committees to disclose the same donor information as candidate committees. Colorado Ethics Watch recently highlighted the topic in pointing out possible problems of mis-categorization, arguing that issue committee Clear the Bench Colorado, which is asking Coloradans to vote supreme court justices off the bench, is about candidates not any one issue, and that it should be confined to candidate finance restrictions. Ethics Watch says the practice of non-disclosure of large donations to judicial campaigns could allow criminals to purchase safe judicial havens. The new bill would require disclosure.
One problem: the bill in question (HB10-1370) does not mean what the reporter thinks it means. (Inconceivable!) “Donor information” is NOT a subject of the bill at all; the “Disclosure Requirements” included in the bill simply refer to formalization of a mandate to include the name of the sponsoring Issue Committee on any communications in order to avoid “perception of purposefully anonymous interests attempting to influence the outcome of the election”:
1-45-108.3. Issue committees – disclaimer. (1) AN ISSUE COMMITTEE MAKING AN EXPENDITURE IN EXCESS OF ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS ON A COMMUNICATION THAT SUPPORTS OR OPPOSES A STATEWIDE BALLOT ISSUE OR BALLOT QUESTION AND THAT IS BROADCAST BY TELEVISION OR RADIO, PRINTED IN A NEWSPAPER OR ON A BILLBOARD, DIRECTLY MAILED OR DELIVERED BY HAND TO PERSONAL RESIDENCES, OR OTHERWISE DISTRIBUTED SHALL DISCLOSE, IN THE COMMUNICATION PRODUCED BY THE EXPENDITURE, THE NAME OF THE ISSUE COMMITTEE MAKING THE EXPENDITURE.
Clear The Bench Colorado has ALWAYS – even in the absence of any formal requirement to do so – included the name of the organization (along with contact information, including our website) on all of our communications, because we believe in and practice transparency and integrity (full disclosure). Clear The Bench Colorado has never felt the need to hide behind “anonymous interests attempting to influence the outcome of elections… through the expenditure of large sums of money.”
Ironically, the integrity and transparency of the Clear The Bench Colorado movement to restore accountability to our judiciary contrasts markedly with “the practice of non-disclosure of large donations to judicial campaigns [which] could allow criminals to purchase safe judicial havens” exemplified by the recent formation of the 501(c)4 organization formed by former justice Dubofsky and Democrat lawyer Grueskin to defend incumbent Colorado Supreme Court justices in response to the growing momentum and resonance of Clear The Bench Colorado, as that organization does NOT have to disclose sources of funding to the public. They are completely unaccountable.
Strangely, “Colorado Ethics Watch” (CEW, pronounced “sue” – it’s what they do) seems to have no issue with the “expenditure of large sums of money” to influence judicial elections by such anonymous, unaccountable organizations.
It is time for “We The People” to restore accountability to our judiciary – exercise your right to vote “NO” this November on the four ‘unjust justices’ of the Colorado Supreme Court’s “Mullarkey Majority”- (Justices Michael Bender, Alex Martinez, Nancy Rice, and Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey) who need YOUR approval to continue taking away your constitutional rights: your right to vote on tax increases, your right to defend your home or business against seizure via eminent domain abuse, your right to be fairly represented in the legislature and Congress, and your right to enjoy the benefits of the rule of law, instead of suffering under rule by activist, agenda-driven “justices.” Help to support Clear The Bench Colorado with your comments (Sound Off!) and your contributions – and vote “NO” on giving these unjust justices another 10-year term!