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Entry for November 7, 2007

Measure 2C (limiting contributions to $100 per contributor in local races) passed with 69% of the vote.

This sends a strong message to the City Council now that the City of Loveland Charter will be amended to prevent special interests from buying elections with unlimited funds.

Don Marostica jumped in with two feet and spread money around in the last minute (after the first reporting period) to try and influence the outcome of the election.

Any comments as to whether 527 committees will be formed to spend in future local elections now that contributions to candidates is limited or have McWhinney other large developers decided to let Loveland decide its own elections again?

2007-11-07 18:02:35 GMT
Comments (8 total)
Thanks ladies.

The next election will be a clean sweep against all the incumbents. I heard Heckle is gloating - someone should let him know that Don Archuleta had a hip replacement surgery during the campaign so he was bed ridden for most of the campaign.

Yeah, I know the Herald doesn't report these realities. Anyway, to narrowly win an election over a man who couldn't campaign because he spent the election quietly recovering in a hospital bed is nothing to be proud of at all.

Carol Johnson and Larry the Heckler just got lucky - but we will get them next time for sure.
2007-11-07 19:26:33 GMT
Not sure what McWhinneys will do about this but hey, congrats, whoever thought Loveland could get campaign finance reform.

Heckle, by the way, lied on his campaign disclosures since he didn't report any October expenditures in the first filing even though he showed-up at the candidate's debate with updated brochures.
2007-11-07 20:01:46 GMT
Hopefully with at least two honest people on Council they can no longer conduct secret meetings and the rest.

Don Williams better not be buying any green bananas for hsi office.
2007-11-07 20:03:52 GMT
I think McWhinney was smart to sit this one out since they became the greatest liability for their Council minions.

In a short 24 months Loveland can get a professional and accountable group of public officials who may disagree with one another on policy or implementation but never on issues of public trust (like little secret meetings to shut the public out their decesions.
--Craig Castle
2007-11-08 03:33:56 GMT
Great article on Marostica's magic being gone. I thought he never had any to begin with. Don Williams ought to start looking for a job. Loveland Commercial may even try now making money the 1st world way - earn it.
2007-11-08 20:51:50 GMT
Marostica magic? Who thought that up? There is no magic in influence peddling.
2007-11-08 22:49:19 GMT
We are really excited in our house that candidates can no longer be bought in Loveland. We are looking forward to the next election and want to thank LovelandPolitics for providing this forum - what a relief.
2007-11-08 23:33:09 GMT
Doesn't this prove that 2C was a waste of taxpayers time and money, just as I said? Money cannot influence an intelligent voter who is paying attention to what is happening. The problem with politicians who refuse to represent their constituents is with the constituents, not the politician. Throw the bums, liars, and opportunists out, don't make it more difficult for an honest man to run. I'll be back in two years to give you another "I told you so" when you face the same lack of candidates. I hope all of you 2C proponents have enough character to admit you may have been duped by the "feel good" nature of your proposal when the root problem of an apathetic public remains. Look north to see where your path is headed.
--Greg R. Snyder
2007-11-15 02:50:34 GMT
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