Broncos’ Elway is a shill for oil and gas industry

Denver Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager, John Elway, watches his players prior to an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, in Denver. [AP Photo/David Zalubowski]

Denver Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager, John Elway, watches his players prior to an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, in Denver. [AP Photo/David Zalubowski]

Broncos general manager John Elway is appearing in two campaign ads urging voters to pass Amendment 71, and reject Amendments 69 and 70. Those TV spots started running on Sunday. Elway supports Amendment 71 — aka “Raise the Bar” — which would require future citizens’ initiatives to get petition signatures from 2 percent of the approximately 143,700 residents in each of the state’s 35 Senate districts to get on the ballot, then 55 percent approval in the election instead of the current simple majority.

In one 60-second ad, Elway says, “A lot of people know me as a football guy, but I’m a Coloradan first. I love this state and I’m worried about the games being played with our constitution.”

The ad was paid for by Protecting Colorado’s Environment, Economy and Energy Independence (PCEEEI) an issues group funded with millions from the oil and gas industry. PCEEEI is the political arm of CRED, a non-profit funded by Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Noble Energy Inc. The group would not disclose how much it is spending to air the ad.

However, according to Phil Doe, “Be the Change’s tracking of Secretary of State TRACER records show that PCEEEI recently transferred another $599,990 to Raise the Bar. That makes the total from PCEEEI to Raise the Bar a whopping $2,599,990. In the notes it says ‘Payment to Sadler Strategic for Cable and Radio Advertising.’ We suspect some of this money was used to pay Elway to whore for Amendment 71.”

But Elway doesn’t end his campaign against common ordinary citizens there. He opposes Amendment 69, the measure that would create a single-payer health care system known as ColoradoCare. He’s also against raising the minimum wage to $12.00 an hour by 2020 via Amendment 70. In the ad, Elway states, “Even if you agree with these ideas, they don’t belong in the constitution.”

Elway’s political views demonstrate a fundamental disconnect with his football fan base. Currently Broncos ticket prices start at $106. Can’t afford even the cheap seats on 12 bucks an hour.

And health care? Hard to imagine what a football legend has against affordable health care for his adoring fans. The word “sickening” comes to mind.

What is perfectly clear is the oil & gas industry bought and paid for Elway’s  voice and image for the ads. Even though industry marketers wrote the script, Elway is responsible selling out to the oil & gas industry in an all out campaign against the rights of the citizens of Colorado — aka Broncos fans.

John Elway and the oil & gas industry want to revoke the rights of Broncos fans to legislate on their own behalf with ballot initiatives.
Vote NO on Amendment 71!

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John Elway and the oil & gas industry want to deny Broncos fans access to affordable, single-payer health care.
Vote YES on Amendment 69!

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John Elway and the oil & gas industry want to withhold from Broncos fans the right to earn a living wage.
Vote YES on Amendment 70!

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