Helen Collins, who was part of a slate of at-large City Council candidates recruited by anti-tax activist Douglas Bruce, says Colorado Springs may pay dearly because a 527 political organization with union ties was involved in the April 5 municipal election.
The political organization, registered under the name Save Colorado Springs Now, was funded primarily by the Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs and the political arm of the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. Other donors included the Colorado Springs Police Protective Association.
The group campaigned against Bruce and two other members of the slate, Ed Bircham and Richard Bruce.
“Debbie Wamsley, the registered agent for the 527, used to be the head of the AFL-CIO in Denver,” Collins said in an email.
“The new City Council members will now feel they are obligated to their donors who want to do nothing but spend, spend, spend, just like the Federal government,” she wrote. “I hope the new City Council proves me wrong.”
Springs citizens “need to wake up and ask for transparency,” Collins said.
“Your article points to how much Colorado Springs citizens and city government are bowing to unions and special interest groups,” she said.