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Business-labor Group Reveals Backers

October 23, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008 Business-labor group reveals backers Denver Business Journal Colorado Business for Sensible Solutions on Tuesday revealed a lengthy list of organizations and people backing its efforts to defeat amendments 47, 49 and 54. Labor and business groups joined forces earlier this month and declared a truce, vowing to work together against the trio of amendments. In exchange for this cooperation, labor unions backing four amendments considered harmful to businesses agreed to remove their measures from the ballot. The four amendments — 53, 55, 56 and 57 — still appear on the November ballot, but votes for or against them won’t be counted. The two sides now stand united against 47, which prohibits unions from collecting mandatory dues; 49, which prohibit public employers in Colorado from using payroll deductions to benefit private organizations; and 54, which closes a loophole in state election law by banning some organizations, such as teachers unions and firefighters, from making campaign contributions because they have exclusive contracts with government agencies such as school districts and municipalities. Colorado Business for Sensible Solutions said it has received pledges of more than $2.3 million since the partnership was announced Oct. 2. The backers announced Tuesday include Wendy Mitchell, president of the Aurora Economic Development Council; Doug Ferraro, president and CEO of Bellco Credit Union; attorney Steve Farber of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck; Don Childears, president and CEO of the Colorado Bankers Association; Joe Ellis, COO of the Denver Broncos; Charlie Ergen, founder of Dish Network; Jeff Selberg, president and CEO of Exempla Healthcare; attorney Cole Finnegan of Hogan & Hartson; developer Jay Perlmutter of Perlmutter & Co.; Donna Lynne, president of Kaiser Permanente Colorado; Larry Mizel, founder of MDC Holdings; Trygve Myhren, president of Myhren Media Inc.; Chuck Ward, president of Qwest’s Colorado operations; Noel Cunningham, owner of Strings restaurant; Ken Tuchman, founder of TeleTech Holdings; Bruce Alexander, president and CEO of Vectra Bank Colorado; and Dick Kelly, president and CEO of Xcel Energy.