LAMBORN: A respect for taxpayer dollars

by Doug Lamborn | May 12th, 2012

My public service record is highlighted by the deep respect I have for taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars. I have successfully fought to cut government spending and lower taxes in both Colorado and in Washington.

My opponent’s attempt to mischaracterize my record on spending is misleading and deceptive.

I gladly voted to ban earmarks by House Republicans two years ago, and voted again to ban the practice when Republicans took the U.S. House last year.

It is a nonissue.

However, it is the role of Congress to establish funding priorities and not cede that power entirely to the president. For that reason, I have in the past submitted funding requests to “provide for the common defense.”

When I came to Washington, I promised to make supporting our troops and veterans a top priority. The first bill I introduced was to get a national veterans cemetery in southern Colorado. This is now in the works. I fought hard to get a seat on the House Armed Services Committee where I could help set our national defense priorities.

When I submitted funding requests, I posted them on my congressional website and they were openly debated in the Armed Services Committee. There was full transparency and accountability.

For example, in 2007 I submitted a member request for $4.9 million to allow the Air Force to buy 23 acres of land around Peterson AFB. to provide a security buffer, prevent encroachment, and accommodate future expansion at the base. I also requested $687,000 to accelerate improvements at Fort Carson Gates 5 and 6 and improve highway safety between those gates.

My opponent is manufacturing a phony issue in an attempt to distract from his questionable business dealings.

Under his leadership of a Nebraska business, the IRS has issued three federal tax liens against it, exceeding $80,000.

Eight of his Colorado businesses were delinquent for failure to file required annual business reports dozens of times.

The bank Robert Blaha co-founded was ranked one of the “worst-ranked banks” in the region in 2010, fined by the FDIC for violations, and is rated “below average” by These are not the business practices Washington needs.

Instead, the people of Colorado want someone in Washington who has a record of fighting to protect their hard earned dollars. I am the author of the largest tax cut in Colorado history, the only member to pass a bill through the U.S. House cutting funding for National Public Radio, and have been ranked the most conservative Member of Congress by the National Journal for three years running.

My opponent has every right to run on his own record, as sketchy as it is. But he has no right to distort my record.