On the evening of October 15, I received a call from the “No Blank Check” (NBC) organization seeking my support for their campaign to defeat Question 2C, the telecommunications services proposal. When I asked where he lived, the caller said; “I’ve lived a lot of places.” I asked if he was being paid to make the call, and he replied; “No comment.” As I began to ask another question, he hung up on me.
This begs two questions: Where is the source of NBC’s funding? Who but the telecommunications industry can afford to hire expensive outside telemarketers? Their campaign chest seems bottomless. Most Longmont residents have probably received calls like this, several glossy fliers, and have seen the expensive TV ads.
If this doesn’t shine a light on who is trying to influence Longmont voters, please take a look at who is endorsing NBC: the Colorado Springs-based Americans for Prosperity Colorado, and the Washington-based Americans for Tax Reform. They are national organizations whose primary focus is not the wellbeing of our local community. So why are they poking around in Longmont’s election issues?
Longmont voters should be wary. 2C is a Longmont issue that should be decided by Longmont voters, not outside interests with very large bankrolls.