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April 29
The End of My Campaign
My thanks to the hundreds of people who stepped up to be a part of my campaign for state treasurer. Your sacrificial work was a big encouragement to me. Unfortunately I failed to get the requisite 30% of the vote at the Republican State Assembly to qualify for the primary ballot.

Congratulations to Justin Everett for winning the assembly vote. I also commend Brita Horn and Brett Barkey for running strong campaigns, but like myself, they did not make the ballot.

Two other ca...
Read More My thanks to the hundreds of people who stepped up to be a part of my campaign for state treasurer. Your sacrificial work was a big encouragement to me. Unfortunately I failed to get the requisite 30% of the vote at the Republican State Assembly to qualify for the primary ballot.

Congratulations to Justin Everett for winning the assembly vote. I also commend Brita Horn and Brett Barkey for running strong campaigns, but like myself, they did not make the ballot.

Two other candidates made the ballot via the petition process; Polly Lawrence and Brian Watson.

Having spent a great deal of time with all of the candidates who did make the ballot, I have a good idea of who is the best candidate and who should be the most effective in this high office. My choice is Brian Watson. I believe Brian has the skills, passion and resources to go the distance in the election and to serve our state with distinction as our next state treasurer.


April 12
My Answer to Attack Ads
In this last week leading up to the Republican State Assembly there have been several pieces generated by a PAC supporting one of my opponents with the primary goal of questioning my commitment to conservative values.

First, let me reiterate, I will not go negative. I never have and I never will. I will, however, attempt to clarify some of the facts.

I appreciate the citizens and organizations outside of the legislature who rate many of the bills upon which we vote...
Read More In this last week leading up to the Republican State Assembly there have been several pieces generated by a PAC supporting one of my opponents with the primary goal of questioning my commitment to conservative values.

First, let me reiterate, I will not go negative. I never have and I never will. I will, however, attempt to clarify some of the facts.

I appreciate the citizens and organizations outside of the legislature who rate many of the bills upon which we vote. Their observations are very informative and often uncover new information we need. However, I do not use their recommendations as a voting list. Often there is more information that we are working with than just the language of the bill and consequently their analysis is not a very accurate picture of the true conservative perspective of a particular bill.

For example, in 2016 C.U.T. rated a red light camera ban as a no vote because the bill contained a safety clause, which was really not enough reason to reject the very good idea of banning red light cameras.

Additionally, I found it telling that in the letters and online articles that are attacking my voting record they left out the most recent year (2017) of the C.U.T. votes. In 2017 my vote rating jumped up over 25% above the previous year (from 47% to 73%). Their graph of my voting record would look at lot different if it also showed that dramatic upswing in 2017. The year of which they decided to end (2016) rated 12 of my votes for that year. I have not counted it up, but I know I voted hundreds of times in that year and those 12 votes cannot fully capture my voting patterns.

The other vote I feel compelled to defend is for SB13-195, which was concerning online delivery of concealed carry training classes. This was a part of the terrible gun control bills the Democrats rolled out five years ago. We were hopelessly out numbered in both houses. The bill, as introduced, banned any use of the internet or any other electronic means for any part of a training class. As I heard this bill in the Senate Judiciary Committee I saw a small possibility of taking most of the sting out of this bill.

I asked the bill sponsor if she would be open to amending the bill to allow online or electronic teaching tools in a training class if it was not the exclusive way the class was conducted. She agreed, if I would support the bill. So I did and through that managed to defang one of the gun bills that we Republicans were powerless to stop any other way. Without that amendment a concealed carry training class today could not even legally use a power point in the class. With the amendment in place the only classes affected are exclusive online classes without any hands on, face-to-face instruction.


April 8
We must be Ahead!
Some attack pieces have recently been surfacing against my campaign for state treasurer.

Here is my response:

I suspect the good news from all these negative attack pieces is I must be seen as the conservative to beat at the assembly. The group claiming responsibility for these attack pieces is JET PAC, which, as registered with the Secretary of State has the stated purpose of Electing Justin Everett to be state treasurer.

In all of the elections I have c...
Read More Some attack pieces have recently been surfacing against my campaign for state treasurer.

Here is my response:

I suspect the good news from all these negative attack pieces is I must be seen as the conservative to beat at the assembly. The group claiming responsibility for these attack pieces is JET PAC, which, as registered with the Secretary of State has the stated purpose of Electing Justin Everett to be state treasurer.

In all of the elections I have conducted I have never gone negative and I don’t intend on starting now.

As a founding member of the Republican Study Committee of Colorado (www.RSCC.us) and the current chairman I can hardly be accused of being aligned with the liberal wing of the party. Nor am I guilty of carrying the water for any special interest group, except maybe those citizens who value life, TABOR, liberty, and freedom rather than higher taxes and more control from every government agency.

In the past four years I have been in a slim majority in the Senate, with leadership responsibilities (including Assistant Majority Leader, Chairman of the Appropriations Committee and member of the Joint Budget Committee). In these positions we do not have the luxury of just saying no to everything. We have had to work with the Democrat controlled House and produce a balanced budget every year. This is our Constitutional duty. I stand behind my voting record as the most responsible, conservative record of fighting the creep of government intrusion into our lives. I have held firm as a rock-solid conservative.

What cannot be captured in outside rating systems is the battles we fight with each bill to defend life, TABOR, parental rights, the 2nd Amendment, etc.. Let me be clear on one important point: I applaud Principles of Liberty (POL) and the Colorado Union of Taxpayers (C.U.T.). In fact, POL had its origin within the RSCC several years ago during which I was also the chairman of RSCC. C.U.T. has honored me seven different years with their highest awards of Champion or Guardian of the Taxpayer. These outside rating systems have provided a good touchstone for conservative values and they inform many citizens and legislators. But there is often much more to specific legislation which an outside source cannot fully capture.

For example, on the Joint Budget Committee there are three Democrats and three Republicans. It takes four votes to put anything into the budget, and we do not have the prerogative to change the statutes which direct much of the budget setting. At the end of the day decisions must be made which facilitate the already established laws. I have fought many battles on specific line items and my vote did sometimes make the difference, but we did not always prevail. Often the final line item is much less than what the Left wanted, but it was still not what was our ideal.

Recognizing that we have several Republican candidates for this office I have tried my best to keep the peace among us. I have tried to lead by example because we Republicans are famous for wounding each other in the primary to the extent that we then lose in the general election. We cannot afford to go down that road in 2018. As a part of this strategy I have not actively campaigned for extensive endorsements, not wishing to further divide our party’s loyalties. None-the-less some have stepped up and given me their endorsement, including the author of TABOR, Douglas Bruce, Dr. Barry W. Poulson, Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Colorado and Penn Pfiffner, the chairman of the TABOR Committee, all of whom are political veterans who know what it takes to be a rock-solid conservative.

For anyone who really wants to know the difference between the Republican candidates for state treasurer, check out our websites and don’t just look at what is there, look for what isn’t there. In other words, is the candidate fully disclosing their legislative record? My website (www.KevinLundberg.com) is a complete picture of the bills I have carried over the past 15 years and I have an extensive record of the weekly reports I have published for many of those years. The past two years of my Lundberg Report can be found in the archives section at: http://kevinlundberg.iwebc.net/…/1970-01-01-00-0…/Index.html. This is the most thorough information concerning the big issues for which I have fought over the past two years.

Another way for me to respond to these attacks in a positive manner is to ask you and others to pass this information on to others and challenge them to check it out for themselves. I am confident that anyone who digs deep into my record will see I am a rock-solid conservative who is fully prepared to take on the position of state treasurer.
- Kevin Lundberg


March 12
PERA reform
SB-200, was introduced in the Colorado Senate by Senator Jack Tate on March 7. The fund is projected to be $30-80 billion short of the money needed to meet its obligations over the long term. The bill, which has bipartisan support, makes many changes, but probably not enough to actually make PERA fully funded. Changes include increasing the age of retirement, limiting the cost of living increases, increasing the number of years used to calculate actual benefits, and increasing the contribu... Read More SB-200, was introduced in the Colorado Senate by Senator Jack Tate on March 7. The fund is projected to be $30-80 billion short of the money needed to meet its obligations over the long term. The bill, which has bipartisan support, makes many changes, but probably not enough to actually make PERA fully funded. Changes include increasing the age of retirement, limiting the cost of living increases, increasing the number of years used to calculate actual benefits, and increasing the contributions from employees and employers. Probably the most controversial change is opening up the opportunity for employees to take a defined contribution plan rather than the defined benefit plan. The bill has a long way to go to become law, and many changes are expected, so it is still too early to know how far SB-200 will go to reform the deficiencies of the current Public Employee Retirement Association in Colorado.


January 8
Legislature Spent $514 million of Unclaimed Property Fund
Recently I discovered that over the past few decades the Legislature has spent $514 million of Colorado's Unclaimed Property fund for other purposes. There is still $238 million in the fund, but this unfunded liability of over a half billion dollars is an irresponsible misuse of other people's money entrusted to the Colorado Treasury Department. It must be fixed!

As a senator and member of the Joint Budget Committee I will get to work on this immediately.

As a candi...
Read More Recently I discovered that over the past few decades the Legislature has spent $514 million of Colorado’s Unclaimed Property fund for other purposes. There is still $238 million in the fund, but this unfunded liability of over a half billion dollars is an irresponsible misuse of other people’s money entrusted to the Colorado Treasury Department. It must be fixed!

As a senator and member of the Joint Budget Committee I will get to work on this immediately.

As a candidate for State Treasurer I will make this a priority issue.

If elected as State Treasurer I will not let the issue go away until it is cured.

Today the JBC received a more extensive analysis of the problem and possible solutions. One scenario actually shows how the fund could go broke in less than ten years. To read the JBC staff analysis click here.


January 7
Transparency In Direct Pay Health Care Prices is not very Transparent
Last year I sponsored SB-65, which was signed into law in April, to require hospitals, doctors offices and other medical clinics to publicly post their most common charges for medical services. It is not intended to be a burdensome requirement, as there is a limited number of services to be listed. The purpose is to give patients an idea of the costs of medical procedures before they get the bill and start the much needed conversation of the cost of medical services between a doctor and their pa... Read More Last year I sponsored SB-65, which was signed into law in April, to require hospitals, doctors offices and other medical clinics to publicly post their most common charges for medical services. It is not intended to be a burdensome requirement, as there is a limited number of services to be listed. The purpose is to give patients an idea of the costs of medical procedures before they get the bill and start the much needed conversation of the cost of medical services between a doctor and their patient.

The law took effect on January 1st, so on January 2nd I visited my local hospital to see how and where they were making the information public. I went to the front information desk – they had never heard of it. Next I went to the emergency room staff who admit patients – they had never heard of it. Finally I went to the billing department and the first person I talked to had never heard of it. However, the second person in that department was aware of the law, but after several minutes of looking he could not find the information on their website. Sometime later they finally found the web pages, but that is hardly what I would call publicly available.

I found those web pages but it took a long search and several clicks to get there. The lists of costs included a line that says that the cost for a “straight forward” ER visit is $163 for their self-pay discounted price. Wow, I hope everyone who goes to the ER sees this, as the actual charges most will see is in the thousands of dollars.

A clear reading of the law (given below) states that the prices they post are to be as close to the actual prices charged to real people as can be determined. Therefore quoting a few hundred dollars for a simple ER visit is not what the law requires, unless the hospital really intends on charging that amount for ER visits from here onward.

This law has the potential to revolutionize the way medical costs are handled in Colorado, but only if we all know the law, insist our medical providers are following that law and when ever possible, send our business to the most cost effective providers.

The law says: CRS 25-49-104 (4) (a) “HEALTH CARE PRICE” MEANS THE PRICE, BEFORE NEGOTIATING ANY DISCOUNTS, THAT A HEALTH CARE PROVIDER OR HEALTH CARE FACILITY WILL CHARGE A RECIPIENT FOR HEALTH CARE SERVICES THAT WILL BE RENDERED. “HEALTH CARE PRICE” IS THE PRICE CHARGED FOR THE STANDARD SERVICE FOR THE PARTICULAR DIAGNOSIS AND DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY AMOUNT THAT MAY BE CHARGED FOR COMPLICATIONS OR EXCEPTIONAL TREATMENT. THE HEALTH CARE PRICE FOR A SPECIFIC HEALTH CARE SERVICE MAY BE DETERMINED FROM ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:

“(I) THE PRICE CHARGED MOST FREQUENTLY FOR THE HEALTH CARE SERVICE DURING THE PREVIOUS TWELVE MONTHS;

“(II) THE HIGHEST CHARGE FROM THE LOWEST HALF OF ALL CHARGES FOR THE HEALTH CARE SERVICE DURING THE PREVIOUS TWELVE MONTHS; OR

“(III) A RANGE THAT INCLUDES THE MIDDLE FIFTY PERCENT OF ALL CHARGES FOR THE HEALTH CARE SERVICE DURING THE PREVIOUS TWELVE MONTHS.”

The law also says that healthcare providers are to post their most common charges in a “conspicuous” fashion, …and put it in “plain English.” What I am seeing so far is the information is being buried in complicated webpages without the staff even knowing the law exists.

Finally, “health care provider” includes almost every business in the industry – “Medical, mental, dental, or optometric care or hospitalization… services for the purpose of preventing, alleviating, curing, or healing a physical or mental illness or injury.” This transparency is now required for just about all health care providers.

The next time you go to any health care provider ask them where their cost information is posted, as per the requirements of Article 25, section 49 of the Colorado statutes.



October 30
$10,000 in Ten Days was a Big Success!
10/1/17 The fundraising campaign in the final ten days of the reporting period was a complete success. At the end of September 30 we had raised $10,546.70. Almost 100 people stepped up and helped us meet our goal.

I am grateful and encouraged that so many people were ready to help in such a short time and I look forward to working with those and many more who will help meet all of the milestones we have for a successful campaign for state treasurer.
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Read More 10/1/17 The fundraising campaign in the final ten days of the reporting period was a complete success. At the end of September 30 we had raised $10,546.70. Almost 100 people stepped up and helped us meet our goal.

I am grateful and encouraged that so many people were ready to help in such a short time and I look forward to working with those and many more who will help meet all of the milestones we have for a successful campaign for state treasurer.
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September 9
“I am running to protect your wallet”
7/29/17  Senator Kevin Lundberg (R, Berthoud) announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for the open seat of the Colorado State Treasurer at the Larimer County Lincoln Day Dinner on July 29th 2017.

“I’m running for Treasurer to protect your wallet,” Lundberg said.

Senator Lundberg is well known for his strong support for the Tax Payer's Bill of Rights (TABOR) and other principals of limited government.

In his fifteen years in th... Read More 7/29/17  Senator Kevin Lundberg (R, Berthoud) announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for the open seat of the Colorado State Treasurer at the Larimer County Lincoln Day Dinner on July 29th 2017.

“I’m running for Treasurer to protect your wallet,” Lundberg said.

Senator Lundberg is well known for his strong support for the Tax Payer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) and other principals of limited government.

In his fifteen years in the Colorado State Legislature he has acquired a great deal of knowledge and experience in most aspects of state government. He is currently Senate Appropriations chairman, chairman of the Legislative Health Exchange Oversight Committee and a member of the Joint Budget Committee.  

During the years of his tenure at the Capitol he has been the Senate Assistant Majority Leader, chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, vice-chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and has sat on the State Veterans and Military Affairs, Local Government and Energy, and Finance committees. He also helped found and continues to be the chairman of the Republican Study Committee of Colorado.

“My experience has given me a broad understanding of Colorado State Government with an extra emphasis on the Budget and State finances,” Lundberg said. “My goal is to maximize the office of State Treasurer by boldly speaking out on state policies that affect your family budget and the economic vitality of Colorado. I intend to protect your wallet through limited, conservative principles.”
  Senator Lundberg will be conducting a whistle stop announcement tour across the state starting with the front-range on August 3rd. He will begin the day in Loveland at 10:00 am, next, Denver at noon, and his final stop for the day will be at 2:00 pm in Colorado Springs. Precise location and the listing of other cities will be posted on his website, KevinLundberg.com.
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June 14
How Do You Respond to Attack Ads?
Attack ads drive people crazy during election season, but they will never go away. Can you spot an attack ad? Look for the following characteristics: The opponent’s picture is a candid, grayed-out shot that makes him or her look sinister and having evil intent. The “facts” are deliberately misstated, taken completely out of context, or only contain a partial truth. In contrast, the candidate’s photo is polished and friendly looking, with rosy sounding promises. Does this sound familia... Read More Attack ads drive people crazy during election season, but they will never go away. Can you spot an attack ad? Look for the following characteristics: The opponent’s picture is a candid, grayed-out shot that makes him or her look sinister and having evil intent. The “facts” are deliberately misstated, taken completely out of context, or only contain a partial truth. In contrast, the candidate’s photo is polished and friendly looking, with rosy sounding promises. Does this sound familiar? It has been my policy to not attack my opponent with negative ads. Unfortunately, some opponents generate many negative and inaccurate attack ads, calling them ‘infographics’, with the promise of more to come. If you need an inoculation of the truth, check out my policies on my website.

I am often criticized because I always defend life, which means standing up for the unborn, the elderly, and the terminally ill. Some have also said I should not be a champion for the timeless institutions of marriage and the family. These are badges I am honored to wear, but even so, when my legislative record is considered, it is still a very small fraction of all of my work in the Colorado Legislature. The vast majority of the measures I have introduced focused on economic and regulatory issues and have nothing to do with cultural issues.

Of the 177 measures I have introduced in the legislature, the majority were specifically designed to empower the citizen and limit the size and scope of government. The measures I have introduced to reduce the size and control of government include educational tax credit bills, Medicaid reform bills, bills and constitutional ballot measures to create a long term savings system for the state (requiring the state to not spend all of our money in the annual budget), bills to end the government prohibition on deep discounts for gas and prescription drugs, bills placing limits on the use of red light cameras, the S.I.P. bill I ran to try to save Colorado citizens hundreds of millions of dollars in increased electric utility costs, bills to return a portion of severance taxes to the taxpayer, a resolution to urge Congress to stop earmarking, another resolution urging Congress to fix their policy that has prematurely terminated the tax-exempt status of tens of thousands of non-profit charities, a bill to require the TSA to fully disclose our rights as Colorado citizens when being electronically “strip searched” at airports, eliminating onerous rules by the state for citizens copying and distributing Colorado statutes, rolling back the excessive fees (taxes) on our cars, and sponsoring bills to stop the expensive and ineffectual emissions testing in Northern Colorado. This is just a small portion of the things I have tackled in the state legislature to reduce the size and scope of government.

Often negative press comes as a result of my not voting exactly how somebody wanted on a piece of legislation. I will always stand strong on conservative principles and vote accordingly. As a Republican conservative in Colorado, one cannot expect to get glowing press reports in the mainstream media.


May 16
Senator Lundberg Calls on the University of Colorado to End Censorship
In the final minutes of the special session in 2012, Senator Kevin Lundberg took a moment to notify the Senate of a concern he has regarding First Amendment rights being suppressed on the Boulder campus of the University of Colorado.

A new policy had been adopted which prevents any “canvassing” on the campus without specific permission from the school. “Canvassing,” for their purposes, is defined as handing anything to anybody on the campus.

Lundberg pointed...
Read More In the final minutes of the special session in 2012, Senator Kevin Lundberg took a moment to notify the Senate of a concern he has regarding First Amendment rights being suppressed on the Boulder campus of the University of Colorado.

A new policy had been adopted which prevents any “canvassing” on the campus without specific permission from the school. “Canvassing,” for their purposes, is defined as handing anything to anybody on the campus.

Lundberg pointed out that even if permission is granted, the activity is still restricted to a limited number of locations on the campus. This prohibition applies to citizen’s initiative petitions, and anyone “…offering information about services or sales; and/or distributing any literature, flier, coupon book, sample, promotional item, coupon or any other tangible item.” All types of groups are being affected by this policy. Earlier this year, the Gideons International group was prevented from holding their annual Bible distribution project on the Boulder campus of CU.

Lundberg stated “Our state’s flagship institution of higher education should be a place where ideas are freely exchanged, not a place of censorship.”

A complete copy of the school’s policy can be found at: http://www.colorado.edu/policies/CUUF



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