Dave Chandler, candidate for U.S. House of Representatives for Colorado's 7th Congressional District responds to the 9NEWS report and poll broadcast yesterday evening.
Channel 9's Adam Schrager in the video report linked to here tells us that $10 to $12 million dollars is likely to be spent by and on behalf of the Perlmutter and O'Donnell campaigns in the 7th Congressional District.
Let me say it: this would be an obscene expenditure of money and borders on being immoral.
Is it any wonder that cynicism and distrust of our political system is on the increase when big-monied special interests are so eager to contribute such grotesque amounts of money to gain influence in government? You can also be absolutely certain that almost all of this tremendous amount of money will NOT come from individual residents of the 7th Congressional District or the state.
This is wrong ... and explains why a recent Gallup poll reports that 'Americans Increasingly View Most Members of Congress as Corrupt'.
The House of Representatives is supposed to be the legislative body in the national government that is closest to the people; that's why there are 435 districts and why the House is up for election every two years. When hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars are raised by special interests from outside the district for the express purpose of influencing how we vote -- that subverts the intent of the drafters of the Constitution of the United States.
I appeal to the voters of this district to give a resounding rebuke to the system of "legalized bribery" that has corrupted our politics.
There is an alternative to the current corrupt system that has survived with the connivance of the likes of candidates such as Perlmutter and O'Donnell and their big-money, partisan supporters. From my party's 2004 platform, here are the principles that I support to ensure that this becomes once again a government "of the people, by the people and for the people":
1. Political debate, public policy, and legislation should be judged on their merits, not on the quid pro quo of political barter and money.You do not have to put up with the nasty politics that all of the Democrat and Republican campaign money is going to subject you to in the next two months.
2. We propose comprehensive campaign finance reform, including caps on spending and contributions, at the national and state level; and / or full public financing of elections to remove undue influence in political campaigns.
3. All viable candidates at the state and federal levels should have free and equal radio and television time and print press coverage.
4. We will work to ban or greatly limit political action committees and restrict soft money contributions.
5. We support significant lobbying regulation such as strict rules that disclose the extent of political lobbying via "gifts" and contributions. Broad-based reforms of government operations, with congressional reorganization and ethics laws, must be instituted. At every level of government, we support Sunshine Laws that open up the political system to access by ordinary citizens.
If the integrity of our politics in this country is of concern to you ... you have a real choice in the contest for U.S. House of Representatives for Colorado's 7th CD. You can vote to encourage the corrupt, profligate system we now have by voting for O'Donnell or Perlmutter -- or you can chose a new direction, you can vote your conscience and make political finance reform a high priority.
You can do something courageous this election that will genuinely help to renew our republic and move our nation forward -- Vote for Dave Chandler for Congress!
Democrat Ed Perlmutter and Republican Rick O'Donnell are tied in a new 9NEWS poll conducted by Survey USA in the race to represent Colorado's 7th Congressional District.
The polling company called 535 "likely voters" between Friday, August 18 and Sunday, August 20.
Perlmutter, who is a former State Senator from Jefferson County, received 45 percent of those surveyed. O'Donnell, the former head of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, also received 45 percent.
Constitution Party candidate Roger McCarville and Green Party candidate Dave Chandler each earned 2 percent support.