As a political junkie, among the funniest things I find are the terribly misleading names given to those 527 groups. The Lefty Democrat big donors and unions have operated a slew of them. Remember the misleading Coloradans for Life from election cycle past?
Well, in 2010 we have the Lefty 527 group Accountability for Colorado… And what could truly be less accountable? Spewing poison and slander about conservative state legislative candidates, and no one there to answer a reporter’s phone call. A couple examples have been documented by local newspapers:
- The Pueblo Chieftain reports the group has attacked Republican state house candidate and local businessman Keith Swerdfeger: “The music sounds eerie and the announcer’s voice is full of warning, telling Pueblo radio listeners that someone as greedy as con artist Bernard Madoff and as awful as the British Petroleum oil spill is in their midst and running for office this year.” The Chieftain‘s editors were impelled to call out Accountability for Colorado’s ads as “despicable”
- The Greeley Tribune reports that another Republican state house candidate, Bob Boswell, has been the target of wild smears from this same group (dubbed “as ‘Toxic Bob’ for his stance calling on the state to become a leader in reprocessing nuclear waste as part of his energy plan”), which even his Democratic opponent has denounced as over the top (Nice cover those 527 groups afford, eh? Way to go, campaign finance reform!)
True accountability would dictate that vile charges like these should be substantiated. But (shocking!) guess what? Accountability for Colorado acts with no public accountability. From the Chieftain:
Julie Wells is the listed agent for Accountability for Colorado, but a telephone call to her went unanswered on Friday.
From the Tribune:
Accountability for Colorado’s contact person, Julie Wells, did not return a phone message left at her office on Monday afternoon seeking comment.
No one should hold their breath waiting for a response from Wells, who is simply the bookkeeper and front person for the Lefty attack machine. Because it’s not just Swerdfeger and Boswell who have been targeted.
“Un-”Accountability for Colorado clearly has been assigned the role of slandering Republican state house candidates in competitive races. I happen to know they have ginned up falsehoods against Libby Szabo, and a Rocky Mountain Right diarist reports the same about Don Beezley.
What’s really sad is the top funder for the 527 group is the Colorado Education Association. That’s right: More than 100,000 dollars sucked out of teacher paychecks is going to these dirty, misleading political smears. Way to exploit the public’s good will toward schools, and what a terrific lesson to teach to students.
Unsurprisingly, it’s not the first time. Look at 2006 and 2008: Hundreds of thousands in teacher union dues and fees funding “recklessly irresponsible” and “sleazy” political advertising. I certainly hope that what was successful for the Lefties then backfires this time around. Backfires big time.