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Letter: A check of political contributions

Bob Anderson
Glenwood Springs

I read with interest Mr. R.W. Boyle’s letter of Sept. 15 concerning the Koch brothers’ political donations.

Let me say first of all, congratulations on being able to remember things at the age of 73. Being that age myself, I know how difficult it can be at times.

This why I always try to check the numbers before I shoot myself in the foot with proclamations.

According to OpenSecrets.org, the spending in 2014 on the Colorado Senate race so far is $13,565,980 for incumbent Democrat Udall; $4,965,699 for challenger Republican Gardner; $172,872 for Independent Shogan. So much for buying the election.

Looking at total money raised by so-called Super PACs, so far Harry Reid’s Senate Majority PAC (liberal) has raised $33,932,727, while the American Crossroads PAC (conservative) has raised only $12,302,972. Not even close.

Furthermore, the 20 largest PACs so far have spent $344 million supporting Democrats and only $106.1 million supporting Republicans.

In fact, if one looks at individual political donors, No. 1 is Thomas Steyer at $20,453,034. NO. 2 is Michael Bloomberg at $9,495,798, No. 3 is Fred Eychaner at $5,837,000. All support only liberal Democrats.

Of the Koch brothers spoken of above, David comes in at number 83, $412,900 donated to Republicans, and Charles does not even make the top 100.

Of course, the best part of Mr. R.W. Boyle’s letter is his prediction we will live in fear for our quality of life and our freedom if these fascists and kleptocrats are elected. At least he stopped short of predicting the “End of Civilization if Republicans Win in November” as did the Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently.

Finally, he predicts complete government paralysis to continue. I say, let’s hope so. And don’t forget to vote.

“The only problem with politicians taking two weeks vacation every year is it’s about 50 weeks too short.”

— Jarod Kintz, author of “The Days of Yay are Here! Wake Me Up When They’re Over”


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