Face the State highlights the fraud and deceit behind Michael Huttner’s attacks against Republican State Board of Education vice chair Bob Schaffer. Key passages:
Earlier this year, Schaffer was in the majority of the board when he voted to remand back to the Denver School Board a decision to deny Life Skills Center its charter. While Denver previously denied the mostly-minority schoolâ€™s charter, it ultimately agreed with the state board and approved the schoolâ€™s proposal to continue in existence.
After the vote, Schaffer received a campaign contribution to aid his current U.S. Senate bid from David Brennan, an individual who runs a charter school management company that has contracts with Life Skills. Huttner is trying to say that Brennan bought Schafferâ€™s vote with his contribution. The idea is ludicrious.
In making his media push, Huttner insisted that Schaffer sign a pledge to fully disclose all of his campaign contributors prior to making a vote. Huttner needs to get his facts straight and admit that his latest effort is nothing more than a media ploy. Coloradoâ€™s elected officials and candidates are already required to disclose their contributorsâ€”a requirement Schaffer has fully complied with.
Huttner also fails to point out that under Coloradoâ€™s campaign finance laws, liberal school board members and legislative candidates are at a distinct advantage when it comes to their disclosure requirements.
Their most frequent source of funding comes from union-funded small donor committees. These committees can donate to board members in $4,000 incrementsâ€”all without unveiling the identities of specific donors. In many cases, individual union members donâ€™t even know their dues money is being used to fund specific candidate campaigns.
All excellent (and true) points conveniently ignored by the Lefty attack machine, eager to dump mud on an honorable political opponent they simply can’t stand. I know it will make their skin crawl, but an honest look in the mirror will show the Lefty attack machine’s fabrications and distortions are more Rovian than Karl Rove himself.