Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Grover Norquist: f-ing up a government near you

Grover Norquist has a major "thing" for Oregon. He seems to have his nose in all sorts of various and sundry Oregon initiatives and issues. For a guy who works (and presumably lives) on the other side of the country from here, funding rightwing measures in Oregon appears to be high on his priority list.

Norquist's Americans For Tax Reform is helping to bankroll a term limits initiative in Oregon. The initiative is being led by a a retired dentist who moved to Bend in 1992. ATR has contributed at least $40,000 to Initiative 39 for term limits according to the Oregon Secretary of State's Office.

ATR has given to another other rightwing initiative as well. The taxpayer spending trap (affectionally known as Taxpayer Bill Of Rights or TABOR) has taken $40k from Norquist's group.

Both can be verified by checking the Contribution and Expenditure reports at the Oregon Secretary of State's Office.

Initiative 39 is especially reliant on funds from Norquist and another group called US Term Limits out of Illinois. While the Bend dentist claims that the term limits bill enjoys great support in Oregon, the contribution reports demonstrate that very little of their cash is coming from Oregon.

Why is Norquist dumping so much cash into state initiatives that have nothing to do with him and that he doesn't have to live with if they're passed?