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It’s triple or nothing for Mayor Bloomberg in Colorado. The New York City mayor, who spent $350,000 earlier this year on the losing recall defense campaigns of Angela Giron and John Morse, is back with another big check, this time $1 million for the billion dollar tax increase campaign.
Along with the check came a healthy helping of hypocrisy from Governor Hickenlooper, who publicly thanked Bloomberg only days after criticizing money from out-of-state interests.
DENVER — Backers of Colorado’s Amendment 66, which would increase income taxes to generate $950 million annually for Colorado schools, announced Monday that billionaires Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg have both contributed millions of dollars to their campaign…
In a press release from the Yes on 66 campaign announcing the contributions, Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper — not any of the other less prominent political advocates and business leaders supporting the campaign — offered a quote thanking the out-of-state donors.
“Our deep thanks go to Bill and Melinda Gates, Mayor Bloomberg, and all of our Colorado donors for supporting Amendment 66,” Hickenlooper said in the release. “It is a testament to the breadth and depth of our reforms that Colorado has attracted the attention of business leaders across the country.”
That’s noteworthy given Hickenlooper’s recent statements to national media advising national groups to stay out of Colorado politics and policy debates.
“Colorado is a state that people like to be themselves and solve their own problems,” Hickenlooper told USA TODAY earlier this month. “They don’t really like outside organizations meddling in their affairs.”
We welcome Bloomberg’s money — TV station sales managers love it and Colorado voters abhor it. Great news for everyone but the actual recipient of Bloomberg’s bucks.
On Hickenlooper’s hypocrisy, however, we sure would love to see a reporter follow up, and not just for a punt from a spokesperson.
Which is it Governor Hickenlooper – do you think outside influences are a good or bad thing in Colorado elections?
UPDATE: The staffer running Hickenlooper’s Twitter account apparently likes our analysis:
UPDATE: Pollster and former head of the Colorado Democrats offers his analysis of the issue, calling Bloomberg and Gates “America’s two most hyperactive billionaires”:
“Well, without $10 million, the Governor and Amendment 66 supporters decided it’s losing. But for more saturation media, and most importantly a final week of browbeating infrequent but liberal voters into returning ballots, the proposal would lose.
Can $2 million more buy it? Tuesday night will be interesting.”