Pay to Play in Longmont

Longmont politics is no different than politics at the national level.   It’s more than just “access” or a “seat at the table.”   When industries and special business interests give large amounts of money, they expect more than that.  They expect their agenda to be acted upon.

In Longmont, the prevailing agenda has been that of the development and real estate interests for decades. In the 2009 election and now in the 2011, these interests have upped the ante. Adding to those interests, the oil and gas industry has come to the forefront.

Here’s the evidence of the real estate and developers pay-to-play influence in Longmont. Those listed are only those who have given $200 or more to the candidates. There are numerous smaller contributions from those with the same business interests. Pay to play in Longmont

Many of these contributors have and will continue to push for Real Estate/Development in a bad market even when it means voting against Longmont’s citizens on afforadable housing, accessible housing, quality construction, and inappropriate reductions in development fees.

  2 comments for “Pay to Play in Longmont

  1. Gregory Iwan
    October 30, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Is it too late to give the place back to the Cheyenne and Arapaho?

  2. FRED BATES
    October 30, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Those are the figures you could find. Here’s a figure for you in Longmont: $10,500. I would offer that much deliverable November 1 to any point within Longmont city limits, by cashier’s check. It is a matching grant. That is, someone has to bring another $10,500 to the same place at the same time. Purpose? Hand it to Longmont’s mayor, who can accept same only if he agrees to resign and quit the race there. I’ve never seen an abdication, and I’m getting old.

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