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LCV Launches $200K TV Ad Campaign Against Ken Buck

Ad Hits Buck on His Support for Water Grab, Overwhelmingly Rejected by Colorado Voters

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, launched a $200,000, Western Slope broadcast and cable ad buy in Colorado hitting Senate candidate Ken Buck for his previous support for Referendum A, a water grab that sought to take water from rural Colorado for corporate interests and was overwhelmingly rejected by Colorado voters.


“Ken Buck has proven where his allegiance lies and as Senator would side with corporate interests over Colorado farmers and ranchers at every opportunity,” said Tony Massaro, LCV Senior Vice President for Political Affairs and Denver native. “His negligent stance on water is just one of many reasons why he is the absolute wrong choice to represent rural Colorado in the U.S. Senate.”


View the ad here:








A breathtaking water grab – Referendum A – and Ken Buck was a leading supporter.


A Breathtaking Water Grab – Referendum A

-Referendum A 11/4/03


Ken Buck Was

Leading Supporter.

-Denver Post 9/30/10

“Referendum A translates as another water grab.”

 (Rocky Mountain News, 10/9/03)


Ken Buck was listed as a supporter of Referendum A on, as “Ken Buck, Hensel Phelps Construction Company, Weld County."

(Denver Post, 9/30/10)


Buck’s water grab would have created $4 billion dollars of debt – the largest debt in Colorado history..


Would Have Created $4 Billion in Debt

-Colorado Springs Business Journal 10/10/03

Text of Referendum A: “Shall the state of Colorado debt be increased $2 billion, with a repayment cost of $4 billion, maximum total state cost, by an amendment to the Colorado Revised Statutes…” (Colorado State Legislature Ballot History)


“Wording of the ballot item starts with debt - up to $4 billion - to buy $2 billion of future water projects for the state. That's big money by anybody's definition.”

(Colorado Springs Business Journal 10/10/03)



Buck would have taken water from rural Colorado for the benefit of huge corporate interests – devastating our farms and ranches.


Water From Rural Colorado For Corporate Interests.

-Rocky Mountain News, 10/9/03


Devastating Our Farms

And Ranches.

“Then, Referendum A came along.


The ballot item offers no reservoirs or other compensation to towns west of the Rockies if the bonds build a system of straws and pumps to take water to the burgeoning, water-short suburbs south and east of Denver.”

(Rocky Mountain News, 10/9/03)


“It was trailing in the eastern plains, in agricultural counties where Referendum A backers believed they had a lock on the support of drought-plagued farmers and ranchers.” (Rocky Mountain News,11/5/03)



We voted no on the water grab – now let’s vote no on Ken Buck.


We Voted No On Water Grab Vote No On Ken Buck.

Referendum A was soundly defeated- “it was obliterated on the Western Slope, where voters were rejecting it by a nearly 4-to-1 ratio” (Rocky Mountain News, 11/5/03)


Referendum A was rejected with 67.1% of the vote.





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