Want to add millions to your bottom line with only limited initial exposure? Look no further than Colorado’s revolutionary new revenue generation system: electoral extortion. All you need is 76,047 signatures, a baneful amendment, influential politicians, and businesses with deep pockets to get started today.
This proven method has helped labor unions across Colorado raise over three million dollars of campaign money without the hassle of begging their constituencies. This revolutionary new system can be yours for the low, low price of electoral integrity. Sounds too good to be true; right? Wrong. Unfortunately, labor unions in Colorado have done exactly this.
They have used amendments 53, 55, 56, and 57 to extort businesses into “donating” more than three million dollars to defeat amendments 47, 49, and 54 (amendments that the unions oppose). In a backroom deal promoted by Gov. Ritter and Mayor Hickenlooper, amendments 53, 55, 56, and 57 sponsors agreed to withdraw these measures, measures which local businesses adamantly opposed, in exchange for the businesses help in defeating amendments 47, 49, and 54 (through the form of monetary compensation).
If this is not criminal extortion, I do not know what is. The promise of withdrawing harmful amendments only under the condition of a monetary payment is scandalous. The fact that little outrage has been voiced over this issue is truly terrifying. Citizen-initiated amendments should be a means through which the people can directly change their government, not a means through which special interests can generate revenue.