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Dear editor:

Why won’t Rep. Doug Lamborn respond to questions? He evaded questions we asked when he came to Chaffee County last year to hold his first town hall here in memory. Now he has stonewalled Common Cause, a national nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy.

He won’t tell them or us where he stands on so many critical issues,* like strengthening disclosure requirements for campaign spending. Don’t we have a right to know who is trying to influence his vote and ours?

What about his position on whether all presidential candidates should be required to publicly release their tax returns so we can judge whether there are conflicts of interest? Or whether unlimited spending by wealthy people and corporations should be reigned in?

“Follow the money” is often the best way of knowing who expects to benefit when a person is elected to office. Why does Representative Lamborn apparently want to hide that trail?

Compare his evasiveness with the open and honest answers from Stephany Rose Spaulding, his opponent in November. She wants voters to be able to “follow the money” so we can make informed choices. It’s something to consider as you think about how you should vote.

* Reference: https://democracy2018.org/race/u-s-house-of-representatives-co-5/

Irv Broudy
Salida