Find Local Events (pick a date)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Home / Articles / News / News /  Xcel: Leaked campaign document is a fake
. . . . . . .
Give Through iGivefirst
Wednesday, October 26,2011

Xcel: Leaked campaign document is a fake

By Jefferson Dodge

Xcel officials are challenging the authenticity of a document reportedly sent to a Boulder City Council member outlining the company’s anti-municipalization campaign strategy, dating back to last spring.

The document, titled “Draft for Internal Discussion,” is undated and unsigned. It was reportedly delivered anonymously to a Boulder City Council member.

The document, which lists dollar amounts to be spent and key players involved, concludes by saying, “We plan to win the election, at all costs.”

The document states that Xcel intended to begin a “quiet, active campaign” in March, well before the company brought its wind-energy proposal to city officials, and well before a municipalization question was placed on the ballot.

That fact alone should prove that the document is a fake, according to Xcel Regional Vice President Jerome Davis, who says the wind deal wasn't done until a couple of months later.

“That really wasn't put in place until probably sometime in May/June,” Davis told Boulder Weekly. “That in itself ought to just be enough.”

In a prepared statement, Davis added, “We have checked with our Boulder team, and no one on the team had seen the document before. We also checked with our consultants, and they informed us that they have not seen this document before. The document contains numerous factual inaccuracies and does not reflect our campaign strategy. We believe this is a fake document that is being used as some type of campaign trick. We have and will continue to fully disclose our campaign expenditures as required by the county clerk.”

The document lists expenditures of $2.75 million for consultants like David Kenney of The Kenney Group, a $125,000 retainer for Matt Moseley (former communications director for the Colorado Senate), up to $2 million for Boulder Tomorrow and an advocacy group that was yet to be named, and $350,000 for Oregon polling firm RDD Field Services.

Davis told Boulder Weekly that the dollar amounts are inaccurate as well.

“That’s the kind of dollars they spend on a presidential campaign,” he said. “It doesn’t cost that much to poll in Boulder.”

He declined to go into detail about how the players and dollar amounts listed were inaccurate.

“This comes out of nowhere a week before the end of the election,” Davis said. “This is, in our world, what is known as an October bomb. … It’s a bogus document.”

The person who provided the document to Boulder Weekly, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retribution, said the City Council member had provided it to her because she volunteers for the pro-municipalization campaign. She told Boulder Weekly that neither she nor the city council member have verified its authenticity, but she maintained that much of the information in the memo is true. She also acknowledged that it could have been fabricated.

The full, unedited text of the document in question appears below:

Draft for Internal Discussion

We plan on beginning a quiet active campaign in March 2011 --  Jerome Davis (VP) as the public presence directing the Boulder campaign, which is led by Roy Palmer, Doug Benevento, Craig Eicher and Paula Connelly making the campaign decisions internally and meeting weekly with our consultants, listed below. David Eves is designated as the objective voice of Xcel to bring this plan into fruition. Other consultants and participants for the campaign are identified and include:

David Kenney of the The Kenney Group. David is an accomplished political campaign strategist, working for numerous Democratic candidates including former Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. and Mayor John Hickenlooper. David also participated in the Obama campaign, and has key contacts in Boulder. Preliminary Budget: $2, 750, 000, which includes hiring of certain key consultants, including the social media agency for intelligence purposes on a monthly retainer from March through December.

Matthew Moseley, Intermountain Corporate Affairs. Matt served as communications director for the Colorado Senate under President Joan Fitz-Gerald, lives and works in Boulder and is viewed as a community leader. Preliminary Budget: $125, 000 (retainer)

Boulder Tomorrow. We have participated and funded this group since its inception, and will increase our funding for the balance of the cities efforts. Boulder Tomorrow is discussing engaging David Miller and Ken Wilson and forming an advocacy group, yet to be named. Matt Moseley and Craig Eicher are leading these discussions. Boulder Tomorrow has a stigma, so this group may well be the primary vehicle for advocacy pieces, direct mailers, advertisements in the local media and hiring technical consultants. RFPs will be issued for the consultants through Boulder Tomorrow. Boulder Tomorrow will not be an advocacy group, and need not file reports with the city of Boulder. However, we believe the citizen advocacy group must meet Boulder reporting obligations. Preliminary Budget: up to $2, 000, 000 to be delivered between these two organizations.

Oregon-based RDD Field Services is one of our polling firms. Budget: $350, 000

We plan to begin the quiet industry/CU leader polling/persuading campaign mid-April (discussions with Boulder Chamber, Boulder Tomorrow, Downtown Boulder, Inc., IBM, Roche, CU, Ball, Covidian) and build each month through the election.

Our team of internal and external consultants will analyze this quiet industry leader data, the social media intelligence, and develop the messages to win the middle.

The Tier 1 Stick Strategy (quiet campaign).

From our social media intelligence and initial discussions, the campaign themes initially expected to persuade the business community and middle voters will be poll and social media tested.
- Xcel is the low cost provider
- Xcel can increase renewables, highest renewable % in US
- Xcel commits to keep large industrial rates low
- Xcel responsible by nature
- Xcel is a known commodity, City of Boulder is not
- The Boulder City Council is a fringe group
- The Boulder City staff do not have the expertise to run a utility
- The City of Boulder cannot be trusted to run a utility
- Boulder group are a bunch of left wing zealots
- If muni passes, litigation for 5 to 7 years, like Las Cruces-a long, multi-million dollar battle with no end.
- If muni passes, and city spends millions on legal fees, and by chance the city wins, the end result will be higher rates and no system reliability.

The Tier 2 Carrot Strategy (subject to voter and PUC approval).

We have only discussed the Tier 2 plans very privately with the PUC members individually at this point, and plan to meet with the City staff.
1. 20 year franchise in Boulder with a special PUC regulated system--need PUC authority so it's not going to be a "Boulder special generation system" franchise agreement.
2. Within existing Tariff 2%, but not repeatable by any other franchises-Xcel needs this to discourage other cities.
3. Special Boulder generation system with 70% renewables gas service in the 2012-2020 timeframe. Wind RECs to the city.
4. Rates competitive but slightly higher than the balance of the Xcel system, mainly to discourage other cities from pursuing this special Boulder system.

The Tier 3 Strategy.

We plan to win the election, at all costs.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
POST A COMMENT
No Registration Required
REPLY TO THIS COMMENT

That's sick.

Vote however you want, but please examine the facts first. A few pro-muni people are using innuendo, intimidation, and political attacks - this does not help their cause, as voters can imagine what it would be like when City Council is in charge of supplying their power, and they want to enforce their own political agenda's.

 

You can combine a few if you like. Make sure to use quick-citationcooking oats. I’m using dark brown sugar, but light works fine.

 

I really like the dear information you offer in your articles. I’m able to bookmark your site and show the kids check out up here generally. Im fairly positive theyre likely to be informed a great deal of new stuff here than anyone else ...kellyspants

 

u want, but please examine the facts first. A few pro-muni people are using innuendo, intimidation, and political attacks click- this does not help their cause, as voters can imagine what it would be like when City

 

This was an excellent experience. Thank you for a very friendly site with good information. tech and pr

 

This was an excellent experience. Thank you for a very friendly site with good information. tech and pr

 

Great web site you make use of here.. This has challenging to look for outstanding writing similar to yours these types of days.eat stop eat review

 

We plan on beginning a quiet active campaign in March 2011 -- Jerome Davis (VP) as the public presence directing the Boulder campaign, email addresses list which is led by Roy Palmer,

 

Ixperia IT Schulung und Beratung An 18 Standorten in Deutschland bieten wir anspruchsvollen Führungskräften und Mitarbeitern erfolgreich Seminare zu den Themen IT Service Management, ITIL, Projektmanagement und Prince2 in exzellenter Atmosphäre. Sowohl fachlich als auch für die Durchführung erhalten wir von unseren Teilnehmern dafür die besten Beurteilungen mit 100% Erfolgsgarantie. ITIL Foundation

 

Vote however you want, but please examine the facts first. A few pro-muni people are using innuendo, intimidation, and political attacks - this does not help their cause, as voters can imagine what it would be like when City Council is in charge of supplying their power, and they want to enforce their own political agenda's. craigsappliances

 

This is very educational content and written well for a change. It's nice to see that some people still understand how to write a quality post! decorative concrete

 

Thanks For sharing this Superb article.I use this Article to show my assignment in useful For me Great Work.. GramiChicago.com

 

I really doubt on the convenience of those programs, but I recognize that are better than the old method to give subsidies arbitrarily. pirater un compte facebook en ligne gratuit

 

Most of the time I don’t make comments on websites, but I’d like to say that this article really forced me to do so. Really nice post helpful resources

 

I want to thank you. Good job! You guys do a great blog, and have some great contents. Keep up the good work drug treatment programs

 

she, as a lesbian, used to feel about the Gay Rights Movement’s fight for legal marriage for gays and lesbians.here are the findings Amazon listings SEO

 

Thanks for sharing..I would like to read more current affairs from this blog.keep posting.. how to start a successful blog

 

You have so much knowledge about this issue, and so much passion. You also know how to make people rally behind it..μεταφορικη

 

I really loved reading your blog. It was very well authored and easy to understand. Unlike other blogs I have read which are really not that good.Thanks alot! idaho falls air duct cleaning

 

I really like the dear information you offer in your articles. I’m able to bookmark your site and show the kids check out up here generally. Im fairly positive theyre likely to be informed a great deal of new stuff here than anyone else more Info

 

Not at all like extra websites I have perused which are truly not that great. A debt of gratitude is in order regarding this instructive post.thyroid symptoms women

 

I can see that you are an expert at your field! I am launching a website soon, and your information will be very useful for me.. Thanks for all your help and wishing you all the success in your business. found it

 

Glide between giant panes of glass and run across the shoulders of a mob of bad guys related site

 

You can get it at any of the big office supply retailers. The Papershow site lists all the places that sell it.resources

 

Vote however you want, but please examine the facts first. A few pro-muni people are using innuendo, unlock codes for samsung

 

If any Poland-based readers care to send a can to The Classical HQ, we will happily review it/write stuff while under its spell. what is best selfie stick

 

If any Poland-based readers care to send a can to The Classical HQ, we will happily review it/write stuff while under its spell. this site

 

You've once again proved here today why you are one of the best in this business. Continue to dazzle me with your work, mate. cockroach pest control

 

Excellent article. The information is just priceless. You deliver consistent work like this and that is why you are the best in this business. more hints

 

Please take a look around and we are sure you’ll find something that’s just right for you. Thanks so much for visiting us here at Craigs Appliances! https://rebelmouse.com/oldschoolnewbodypdfreview

 

Once again, I have been absolutely blown away by the amount of goodness present in this blog post. Thanks for producing this today.tongkat ali with ginseng coffee

 

If any Poland-based readers care to send a can to The Classical HQ, we will happily review it/write stuff while under its spell. read more

 

I really like how you presented your facts and how you made it interesting.. web logo

 

I am really happy today that you uploaded this informative article. Mainly because I needed to get some info on this topic and I could not find it anywhere. But, I found it here and thanks to you, my paper is now completed. business insurance solutions

 

If any Poland-based readers care to send a can to The Classical HQ, we will happily review it/write stuff while under its spell. click here

 

We only stock the best spice for sale, that is why we only have a few brands currently available raw hemp

 

If any Poland-based readers care to send a can to The Classical HQ, we will happily review it/write stuff while under its spell. look at this

 

Thanks a lot for putting up this information on the internet, my friend. I could not find this info anywhere else on the internet. It's a real good thing you've provided me today. air conditioning and heating service

 

site gecontroleerd. Hebben de coaches (ik ben assistent) dan wél hierover informatie gekregen?! Erg teleurstellend.. do follow blog comments

 

Vote however you want, but please examine the facts first. A few pro-muni people are using innuendo, intimidation, and political attacks - this does not help their cause, as voters can imagine what it would be like when City Council is in charge of supplying their power, and they want to enforce their own political agenda's. graphic design freelance

 

This information is outstanding. I am really jubilant after reading this. I have finally complete my project on this topic due to your information. where is the everglades national park

 

Without perusing these article you live on the moon. Much obliged man, it was an incredible help perusing your online journal. http://smarthappybirthdaywishes.com/

 

We Are A Full-Service Provider Of High Quality Backlinks That Help Boost Traffic, Increase Rankings, And Build Authority. With Years Of Experience We Know Exactly What Type Of Manual Dofollow Blog Comments It Takes To Quickly Increase Your Online Visibility do follow backlinks

 

thanks for sharing with us that awesome artilcle you have amazing blog new year 2016 happy new year 2016

 

I really enjoyed reading this fascinating article. This surely is one of the best things that I've read this year. article source

 

I really like the dear information you offer in your articles. I’m able to bookmark your site and show the kids check out up here generally. Im fairly positive theyre likely to be informed a great deal of new stuff here than anyone else auto detailing olympia wa

 

Very rarely do I come across a blog thats both informative and entertaining, and let me tell you, you ve hit the nail on the head. Your blog is important.. targeted bulk email

 

REPLY TO THIS COMMENT

While Xcel's character has been called into question for the past year, this election has brought out the lack of character of proponents also.  Now we know they are also capable of falsifying energy reports, municipalization documents and making claims that just are not true. Establishing Boulder Light and Power will just lead to more of the dirty politics that have been happening so far. 

 

REPLY TO THIS COMMENT

It's unfortunate that some on the Yes side are more interested in making personal attacks that are false and unwarranted than talking abou the real issue which is putting Boulder on a path towrds more renewbale energy. It's perfectly fine to have a difference of opinion about how we are going to get to more renewables and when, but this type of campaiging is just childish.

 

REPLY TO THIS COMMENT

Whether or not some of the numbers in this document are correct, the content is legitimate. Everything that is discussed in this memo has been done by the Xcel campaign and its "community group" counterparts, so I see it more as a checklist of what the outside monopoly that is Xcel has actually done already to bring our community and its goals down. Why aren't more people outraged that they are coming in and using self-serving, manipulative, negative tactics against us?

 

REPLY TO THIS COMMENT

The only dirty tricks that I have seen in this campaign are coming from the Pro-Muni side.  Sign stealing, Pomerance's accusations and now this fake document.  Come on... Who doing the Fear Mongering Now?

 

 
Close
Close