“They Spend. You Pay.”
Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. President Barack Obama. Senator Michael Bennet. Representative Betsy Markey. Representative Ed Perlmutter. Representative John Salazar.
WhoSaidYouSaid.com launched an extensive billboard campaign targeting Colorado Democrats and President Barack Obama for what they call the “profligate spending” by Democrats with a “blank check”:
SEND A “STOP PAYMENT NOTICE” TO THE BIG SPENDERS
Government spending is out of control. They’ve had a blank check for far too long…
$3.7 trillion in federal spending
$1 trillion budget deficit
$13 trillion in debt
When Congress writes checks it can’t cover, guess who pays the bill? We all do!
Every man, woman and child in the U.S. owes – on average – more than $43,000 of this debt. And it’s growing every day. Help end reckless spending by demanding that your elected officials “STOP PAYMENT.”
Kelly Maher, co-founder of WhoSaidYouSaid.com, told Battle ‘10, “We’ve launched a campaign for fiscal responsibility. Hickenlooper, Bennet, Markey, Perlmutter, and Salazar, along with President Obama, have helped to saddle us with trillions in debt and record deficits. We need to send our elected officials a message that Coloradans do not want reckless spending.”
Maher told Battle ‘10 that there would be approximately 100 billboards going up, mainly in the Denver Metro Area, with a handful each in Fort Collins and Grand Junction. A map below shows the extent of the billboard coverage just in Denver. They have even started a Facebook-based “scavenger hunt” for voters to submit pictures of the billboards.
WhoSaidYouSaid.com is a 501(c)(4), according to the Denver Post. When asked about the precise figure spent on this “educational” campaign, Maher noted to Battle ‘10 that it was “easily in six figures,” but would not share an exact amount.
While many left-wing bloggers have tagged WSYS as a “gotcha” site, Maher told Battle ‘10 that that characterization was far from accurate–in fact, she abhors the term. “We do not practice ‘gotcha’ politics. In fact, we do not take anyone out of context, as we provide the video in complete form, and not just a ‘gaffe’ or misstatement as is the habit elsewhere. We’re really not interested in that sort of stuff,” Maher explained. “What we are interested in are those unscripted and revelatory moments, when candidates and politicians say what they really think.”
Maher credits Stephen Keating, a former Denver Post editor, for the exacting standards. “Fact-checking is an absolute must,” Maher said.
BreitbartTV picked up on the effort, seen here in timelapse as a few of the billboards are put up:
A quick scan of the map provided by WSYS indicates billboard the saturation: