Of Fatcats and Rethinking Political Allies

Colorado’s primary elections are upon us. So as Republican candidates in key districts reach the homestretch of throwing slings and arrows at one another, my friend Jessica Corry reminds us in a Sunday column for the Denver Post that the Colorado GOP coalition ain’t what it used to be: the big business community has entrenched itself alongside labor unions, bureaucrats, and other “fatcat” special interest groups to work against the guiding principles of limited government and ordered liberty.

A major problem, she argues, is that many of the party’s insiders simply have not awakened to the fact yet. Should the Republicans wake up to despair then? Not exactly, says Jessica:

Republicans, including Beauprez, should find their own real deal – the National Federation of Independent Business. The NFIB may not have a ton of cash, but its 600,000 members clearly understand that regulation and higher taxes hurt commerce. They loyally turn out to vote. The GOP should also take heart in knowing that there are many moral big business leaders who have bucked the trend of their peers by continuing to support limited government. These leaders often silently donate their resources to the causes they believe in. They will continue to support candidates with integrity.

So be it. This reality only makes our work in the battle of ideas that much more challenging. My question is to see how it will play out in November. Or right around the corner, how will it affect the key primary races in Colorado? Not nearly as much money from the big business & chamber of commerce types is going to the more conservative, anti-tax, limited government Republican candidates. Money isn’t always the deciding factor in political races, but it sure helps to have more to implement your campaign plan rather than less.

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