Bloomberg, Gates each put in $1 million for Amendment 66 campaign


New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates top the donor list to proponents of Amendment 66, the school finance measure that includes a $950 million tax hike.

Bloomberg Philanthropies added $1.05 million to the effort, and the Gateses contributed

$1 million, pushing the Yes on 66 fundraising total past

$10.2 million.

Those two contributions accounted for the vast majority of the $2.54 million raised in the last two-week reporting period for Colorado Commits to Kids, the issue committee behind the measure.

Bloomberg’s involvement in Colorado issues already has proved a political lightning rod.



Scott Wedel 3 years, 6 months ago

Hmm, does Bloomberg not realize that no amount of money for an issue can overcome the reflective opposition by Coloradoans to whatever is suggested by a billionaire mayor of New York City?


jerry carlton 3 years, 5 months ago

They are getting ready for the contributions to Hillary's election campaign and Colorado is a swing state. That is why liberal money is flowing to Colorado to further liberalize the state.


Melanie Turek 3 years, 5 months ago

Scott, that seems far fetched; plenty of people like Bloomberg's and Gates' policies, programs and ideas. What strikes me as nuts is the fact that out of state residents can legally contribute to state elections. We see Bloomberg and Gates doing it here, and the Koch brothers doing it on the other side of the aisle. Regardless of where one comes down on the issues in Citizens United (is donating to elections campaigns free speech?), it's hard to see how someone who lives in NY should have any right to influence elections in CO...


mark hartless 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm not so sure Colorado is still a swing state.

My home state of VA used to be a swing state too, but is also looking increasingly permanently blue.

Swung me, Swang me; they outta take a rope and hang me... honey from the highest treeeeee... baby would you weep for me???

Why should they (Bloomberg and Koch's of the world) NOT have a right to spend their money as they see fit, Melanie? It says right on the currency "This note is legal tender for all debts, public and PRIVATE."

More importantly what would the alternative be? Somebody from the government saying where one may or may not spend their money??? It takes damned little imagination to see THAT as way worse than a few rich folks throwing their weight around, no???


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