“Cringe-worthy,” said Kyle Clark, co-anchor of 9NEWS in Denver. He was mocking the 10-foot tall, carved, wooden Trojan Horse replica that Amendment 71 opponents are wheeling around the Rocky Mountain State.
Clark admits that Amendment 71 “would make it harder to change Colorado’s constitution,” but doesn’t seem to have any clue just how much harder.*
“Those opponents with their Trojan Horse want to paint 71 as a sneaky power grab by big money interests from out of state,” Clark continued. “Funny, though, when you find out who paid for their horse.”
Wait . . . this is BIG: Who paid for the horse?
“It’s an in-kind contribution from Citizens in Charge Foundation. They’re a group that protects the initiative process around the country. . . . based out of Woodbridge, Virginia,” replied an Amendment 71 opponent.
Hey, that’s my group!
“Amendment 71 might be a Trojan Horse funded by outside interests,” Clark concluded, but it’s “illustrated by the Trojan Horse funded by outside interests.”
Cute . . . but . . . ?
Does Mr. Clark seriously think that (a) an organization dedicated to making the ballot initiative process accessible to all, with no other interest or business before state government, providing a vehicle and a trailer to carry a wooden horse across the state is equivalent to (b) a multi-million-dollar paid media barrage funded largely by oil and gas interests with lucrative interests before state government?
Citizens in Charge Foundation is honored to work with Coloradans to save their initiative rights by defeating 71.
Speaking of interests and who’s paying . . . 9NEWS has received the better part of a million dollars in ad revenue from the interests supporting Amendment 71.
Compared to a peek at a wooden horse from opponents.
Kyle Clark didn’t mention that.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.
*Coloradans who have actually qualified ballot initiatives say Amendment 71 would kill the process for all but the wealthiest special interests.
Trojan Horse Trails in Colorado
- “Trojan Horse Against Amendment 71 Rides Through City” — Brush News-Tribune
- “Trojan Horse Shows Up in Montrose” — Montrose Press
- “Amendment 71 foes trot out Trojan Horse” — Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction)
- “Colorado Initiative 71 Sold on False Pretenses: A Trojan Horse for Corporate Power Grab” — Common Dreams
- “Amendment Opponent Makes Trinidad Stop” — The Trinidad Chronicle News
- “Inside the Trojan Horse” — Boulder Weekly
- “Why You Should Vote No on Amendment 71, to Raise the Bar on Amendments” — Westword
- “Diverse coalition unites against Raise the Bar” — Colorado Independent
- “Amendment 71 opponents park Trojan Horse at state capitol” — Denver CBS News Channel 4
- “State group campaigns against Amendment 71 with ‘Trojan horse’” — Loveland News