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In what's shaping up to be one of the most influential congressional races in the nation, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall raised $1.74 million during April and May and spent just over $2 million. His Republican challenger, Rep. Cory Gardner, raised just over $1.5 million and spent roughly $600,000.
"Colorado is a national leader in growing a clean energy economy. It's starting with this rule at a real position of strength."
Aspen isn't the first to sever ties with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over political differences. One of the last to do it, Homer, Alaska, made national headlines when its chamber canceled its membership.
It will come as no surprise to Coloradans force-fed a fire-hose stream of ugly and untrustworthy campaign election material over the last two years that independent spending-- spending directly tied to no candidate and mostly free of accountability-- more than tripled in the state from 2008 to 2010. This according to a recent report released by watchdog group Follow the Money, which singles out Colorado for study. The authors report that, although the state has relatively strong disclosure laws, larger changes in campaign finance rules have let loose here as everywhere in the country a storm of money and a sea of roiling paperwork that can cover over as much as it reveals.
The Obama years have so far been a predictable boom-time for the army of anti-regulation lobbyists paid by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Center for Responsive Politics reports that the Chamber spent $276 million over the past two years lobbying against, among other things, health care reform, environmental protections and Wall Street regulations. The Chamber is the number-one spender on lobbying this year as in years past, but it is outdoing itself, setting records in its own outrageous largess. In just the last three months of 2010, the Chamber spent $50.9 million on lobbying at the federal, state and grassroots levels. That's a step down from last year, when in the last financial quarter as health and financial industry reform were being discussed in DC, the Chamber spent $79 million from October through December to defeat or water-down Democratic legislation.
Recent moves by the both the Obama administration and Gov. Bill Ritter to bolster Colorado’s coal-mining industry come at a time when the obvious...
Aspen’s ongoing war of words with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce continued this week, with a Chamber rep standing his ground on climate change...
The Aspen Chamber Resort Association's board of directors Tuesday voted 12-2 to take on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for its questioning of global...
Today, U.S. Senate candidate Jane Norton's army of big-name lobbyist supporters are hosting another fundraiser for her in DC, this one at the Williams...
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