In spite of the phony claims, barrage of folksy mailers and advertising, and guest editorials confusing the issue, CI-105 is backed by none other than John Sinrud and the Chicago-based National Association Realtors. An outstanding letter to the editor in the Missoulian gets to the heart of the matter on CI-105, an initiative driven by the Chicago-based National Association of Realtors which is attempting to carve out tax breaks for moneyed special interests:
In Montana, various legislators, from both sides of the aisle, have explored transfer tax possibilities to help fund higher education, land conservation, or even ways to decrease property taxes. All failed for lack of broad-based legislative support. That’s the way our state’s constitutional system is set up, with such matters debated and decided by elected representatives. But winning at that level hasn’t been good enough for the big-moneyed proponents of CI-105. They want to re-write the Constitution itself.
Have you received any of the expensive, glossy mailers with small town houses and families sitting around the table? Here’s what’s really rich, as the letter writer explains:
Who are these citizen-advocates? By the end of May of this year, “The Coalition to Prevent Double Taxation” had spent more than any other group promoting or opposing Montana ballot initiatives. It had raised more than $606,000 – virtually all coming from the Chicago-based National Association of Realtors.