Republican Governor’s Assn. releases 108-page book on John Hickenlooper
First, Tom Tancredo uses an attack ad that the Republican Governor's Assn. created for a campaign against John Hickenlooper. Now the RGA has released its 108-page book of opposition research, Top Reasons Hickenlooper is Wrong for Colorado.
Conclusion. The RGA has decided that Tom Tancredo has a chance to beat "Governor-elect" Obama Democrat Hickenlooper. While the RGA isn't putting money into the Tancredo campaign, it is providing all the support that it can by not complaining that Tancredo is using parts of its ad and by releasing its opposition research, which is a sunk cost for the RGA. Hickenlooper's tax and spending records:
*HICKENLOOPER BACKED NEARLY $300 MILLION IN PROPOSED TAXES FOR DENVER FROM 2003-2009
|Total '03-'09 Denver||$290,199,103|
|'04 Annual RTD Denver -OR-||$158,340,000|
|'04 RTD Denver x 12 yrs -OR-||$1,900,080,000|
'04 RTD Regional x 12 years -OR-
Hickenlooper backed $1.8 billion in proposed spending for Denver
from '03-'09 and $4.7 billion in regional spending for RTD
'03 Proposed spending
|'05-09 Proposed spending||$1,450,430,000|
|TOTAL Proposed spending||$1,820,000,000|
|2004 RTD Fastracks||$4,700,000,000|
The tax and spending charts are mutually exclusive. Tax numbers from the top chart are included in the spending figures in the lower chart.
Source: Republican Governors Assn.