Letters to the Editor

Please, Doug Bruce must be stopped!

Dear Editor,

The city of Colorado Springs is the adopted hometown of right-wing crusader Doug Bruce. Thanks in part to local ballot initiatives sponsored by Bruce, restrictions on the ability of the city to meet basic needs have seriously harmed Colorado Springs — and adversely impacted the quality of life of every resident. The area’s chronic shortfalls for basic services like health inspectors, police and fire, and even street lights have repeatedly made national news.

Now, we’ve learned that Bruce wants this reality for all of Colorado.

Last week, a judge found that Bruce has been deeply involved with three controversial initiatives proposed for this November’s ballot (Colorado Springs Gazette, 6/11/2010). Amendments 60, 61 and Proposition 101 are some of the most radical and destructive changes ever proposed for our state.

A product of simpleton “drown government in a bathtub” ideology, these initiatives would slash taxes and vehicle registration fees to unsustainable levels and make it virtually impossible for state and local government to finance new construction. They have been denounced as dangerous and irresponsible by virtually every local government and fiscal policy group in the state, as well as leaders from across the political spectrum.

We don’t know what will happen in court. What we do know is that everyone —Republicans and Democrats, liberal and conservative — must join together to stop these destructive initiatives. Start by signing our pledge to OPPOSE Amendments 60, 61 and Proposition 101: http://progressnowcolorado.org/StopBruce

Doug Bruce doesn’t want you to know he’s behind these initiatives. For weeks, Bruce has made a mockery of the law, actually hiding from process servers to avoid being compelled to testify. It’s gone so far that even Colorado’s Republican Attorney General is seeking a contempt of court citation against Bruce. Despite his comical attempts to evade the law and obfuscate the truth, the court has found that Bruce was intimately involved with the planning and collection of signatures to get these initiatives on the ballot.

Bruce’s surrogates are believed to have broken the law getting these initiatives on the ballot. Despite the large and costly petition-gathering campaign that was clearly employed to obtain the number of signatures required, none of the campaigns involved ever reported any expenses! It’s another shocking display of flagrant contempt for the law, and it’s possible these initiatives will never make the ballot after the corrupt process used to get them there is exposed.

But we can’t count on that. Nobody ever accused Doug Bruce of being stupid, and until the legislature can put real teeth in Colorado campaign finance law, we have to assume that the fight is on all the way through to November. Take the first step: sign our pledge to OPPOSE Amendments 60, 61 and Proposition 101 today.

We will keep you up to date with the progress of court battles over these initiatives, and provide you with ways to take action to protect your community.

We can’t lose this one. If the unthinkable happens, and any one of these destructive ballot measures is passed into law, Colorado will be irreparably harmed. These initiatives are not intended to solve any problems, they are only meant to do damage. That is not a responsible way to confront the issues we face, something both liberals and conservatives should be able to agree on.

Sincerely,

Alan Franklin
ProgressNow Colorado