ACORN, the increasingly notorious voter fraud group, is part of the Colorado C-3 Roundtable going around “educating” voters about various ballot initiatives.
Among the initiatives ACORN hates and opposes (and which the Roundtable won’t invite supporters to share their side of the debate) is Amendment 49, the Ethical Standards initiative. This amendment “will prohibit governments from bundling money from public employeesâ€™ paychecks and delivering the funds to special interests, like unions. These special interests use the money to lobby the same politicians who just delivered the cash to them.”
So why is ACORN part of the virulent opposition? We could start with its own ethical lapses, which include not only voter fraud but also an ongoing investigation for misusing our tax dollars for partisan purposes (PDF).
Further, on its own website ACORN notes about a recent period in its history:
This period also witnessed a series of ideas that ACORN adopted to enhance its effectiveness: organizational alliances, electoral politics, national lobbying, diversification and the insiders’ power game. [emphasis added]
Since Amendment 49 prohibits Colorado governments from collecting and transferring funds through the payroll system to special interest lobbying groups, ACORN and many of its partner organizations wouldn’t be able to rely locally on the largesse of our taxpayer-funded system for fundraising. The amendment also might set a bad precedent for ACORN elsewhere.
Sometimes you can learn as much about the value of an issue from the nature of the opposition as you can from those who endorse it. Voter fraud ACORN and Protect Colorado’s
Culture of Corruption Future are against Ethical Standards.
On the other hand, a broad coalition of civic organizations, business groups, and community leaders are in favor of Amendment 49’s Ethical Standards. In endorsing 49, both the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News called it a “good-government” measure. Major newspapers across Colorado from the conservative Gazette (Colorado Springs) to the liberal Boulder Daily Camera have lined up in support.
Why Amendment 49? Because common sense and ethics trump voter fraud, deception, and corruption.