Unveiling www.takingsinitiatives.org

Guest Post by Jaime of Cece in MT

I am still getting used to wordpress, and I hope this all comes across well.

I have exciting news for the followers of the Initiatives here, and all over the west. This morning The Center For Public Integrity unveiled their “Takings Initiatives Accountablity Project”. Available to you at www.takingsinitiatives.org .

For months now, the investigative journalists over at The Center For Public Integrity have been researching, compiling, asking questions and getting this site put together. From their Media release:

WASHINGTON, October 3 – Ballot initiatives that seek to restrict “regulatory takings” will be put to voters in at least four Western states — Arizona, California, Idaho, and Washington — on November 7, 2006.

Although the potential impact of these initiatives is far-reaching — all would generally require landowners to be compensated for government regulations that reduce property value – citizens and journalists in these four states have had little way of determining who’s underwriting the multimillion-dollar campaigns to amend their state constitutions.

In November 2004, Oregon voters approved a takings initiative known as Measure 37, which has resulted in more than 3,000 claims for compensation — totaling more than $5.6 billion — being lodged with state and local governments.

The Center for Public Integrity’s Takings Initiatives Accountability Project aims to exhaustively investigate the ideological and financial interests behind these ballot measures and to make the findings of its research and reporting available, as soon as is practicable, at http://www.takingsinitiatives.org.

Today, for example, the Center reports that organizations controlled or funded by Howard Rich, a wealthy New York real estate investor and libertarian activist, account for 85 percent of reported pro-initiative contributions in the four states.

As of September 21, the Center reports, Rich-connected groups had spent nearly $5 million — including more than $3.3 million in California alone – to push the takings initiatives.

The Center’s new website will be updated several times daily through Election Day.

Well I hope everyone enjoys the site, I know I will be digesting it all day.


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