Occasionally the misperception presented by our local candidates force me to respond. The latest is the assertion that Mayor Baum only spent $4000 of his own money to get elected. He wants us to believe that, that’s why he said it. In truth, he spent $13,380 to get elected (“Winners raised, spent more money in November election” Rachel Carter, Longmont Times-Call, December 4, 2009), but $4000, he says, was his own cash.
In fact, the four winners outspent the losers by an average of 4 to 1. The four winners (Baum, Witt, Santos and Sammoury) officially spent $57,400 according to the article cited above. While the losers (Benker, Van Dusen, Fissinger and Lange) officially spent $20,736. This is a ratio of 4:1.
Baum outspent Lange ($13,380 vs. $4,838) by spending $4 for every $1 that Lange spent. This is roughly true for all four candidates with Santos spending the most at $14,535.
This does not address all the funding that was not officially attributed to any candidate such as the push-poll that was performed against Benker.
Politicians count on us having short memories. They count on us to go along with the winners who are in power no matter how they won. They want us to believe that having an oversight committee for election funding practices is not necessary because they were able to circumvent the committee’s purpose so easily.
So the baby gets thrown out with the bath water. That is what they want.
We have a city council that is bought and paid for by special interests. We need to recognize that. We need to examine the agenda of the new city council. What are they doing for us? What are they doing to us? In the very least, we need not accept their version of the facts without severe scrutiny.