Where the COP $$$ goes

This is where the money went in 2016:

COP stats for 2016:

257 Presentations to Congressional staffers..
27 personal chats with a Member of Congress..
51 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc.
22 interviews and reports in minor media
7 Radio Interviews..
2 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free publicity: $2,000)..
3 published interviews/foto in major (daily) newspapers or magazine…
2 major conferences attended – (United Nations drug conference, CPAC)
535 Congressional offices visited at least twice

Weekly attendance @ Grover Norquist’s Wednesday attended by 150 conservative leaders

Cost / Expenses:

3050 – transportation – mileage, train, metro, parking, etc
1540 – Meals
4600 – CPAC and UN conferences
400 – Office supplies
840 – internet/phone costs
Volunteer – webmaster, 990 preparation, Howard’s time

Spent – $10,400 Total – Amount raised in 2016…circa $13,000

Work Done in 2016 by Citizens Opposing Prohibition (COP)
Congress – COP continued to focus on educating the Congress in 2016 which resulted in steady progress to our goal of applying the 10th Amendment to illegal drugs, starting with marijuana. We are now within 10 votes in the House of that goal. All the ‘small steps’ of the past ten years are bearing fruit. As a COP member, be proud of the part you have played in making this happen.
Nationally – COP spoke truth to power, as Howard traveled to New Hampshire and South Carolina to attend rallies of all the presidential candidates. My colleague from MPP, Don Murphy, and I were able to ask them, if they would apply the 10th to marijuana policy. Most said they would.
Internationally – COP continued to play a role. A month after a two hour meeting between Frank Temple & Howard in Germany COP began supplying him, a member of LEAP & of the German Parliament, with the latest and best verified information on Colorado. In addition, Temple was informed of the report prepared last year by the team from the German embassy. In late November he introduced unique legislation in Berlin to apply a 10th Amendment type approach to Germany’s 16 states.
COP was there in Vienna, Austria this spring for the UN conference on dangerous drugs. Asking two UN employees the fastest route to end world-wide marijuana prohibition, both answered, “Legalize it in California.” Thus, 2016 will be the last time Howard takes the two weeks and the money to attend.

This is where the money went in 2015:

2015 Expenses:

Salaries, contract labor, Website upkeep: 0000

Trains, metros, car mileage: 2400

4 Conferences: 4100

Meals when at Congress: 690

Office supplies & equipment: 639

Internet for phone: 840

Booth at CPAC (split 4K cost w/ RAMP): 2000 {Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition)

Total $10,700


Work Done in 2015 by Citizens Opposing Prohibition (COP)


By the numbers for 2015::

317 Presentations to Congressional staffers

42 Conversations with a Member of Congress.. 

49 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc.  (last one of the year was with Mexico’s Foreign Minister)  

2 Major meetings at the German and French embassies, regarding Colorado & WA

4 major conferences attended.. United Nations drug conf in Vienna, CPAC, CBC (Congressional Black Caucus) and DPA

2 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free publicity: $2,000)

1 –750 word op-ed published in Scotland’s largest newspaper

9 Radio Interviews..  

11 published interviews in major (daily) newspapers or magazines

Weekly attendance at Grover Norquist’s Wednesday brunch attended by 150 conservative leaders, characterized by 60 Minutes as the “Grand Central Station of the Conservative Movement.”

100 + meetings, think tank seminars etc. in DC

Narrative of work:

COP continued to focus on educating the Congress in 2015 which resulted in more ‘small & medium steps.’ The Congress for the second year in a row has denied the DEA funding to go after any state-legal, medical marijuana operation or patient. Two votes in Senate committees (first ever votes at the committee level) demonstrated solid, bi-partisan support for making the 10th Amendment a cornerstone of marijuana policy. In the House 206 Members voted to essentially repeal the 1937 law which started national, marijuana prohibition. In 2016 the magic number to pass the bill is 218.  All the ‘small steps’ of the past nine years are bearing fruit. As a COP member, be proud of the part you have played in making this happen.

COP slightly expanded its time in international matters. In the spring COP received requests from the German and French embassies to help arrange for their teams to investigate how Colorado, Washington and Washington, DC legalize/regulate/tax policies were functioning. I have solid knowledge that the reports which were sent to Berlin and Paris characterized the policies as working with few problems. COP teamed with LEAP to attend the annual world drug summit in Vienna. COP distributed to attendees in four languages the ‘Cheerful News from Colorado.’


This is where the money went.

Year of August 1, 2013 thru July  31, 2014:

Salaries, labor costs, Website upkeep: $0.00

Vehicle mileage, parking and mass transit (train & subway):  2200

Conference costs to attend Drug Policy Alliance: 1000 – United Nations in Vienna & New York City (planning meeting): 2300 – CPAC: 600 and the NRA – National Rifle Association in Indiana: 800—-TOTAL: $ 4,700

Admin: $2,000 – office supplies, internet, cell phone, etc.   (NOTE: this is about 700 more than usual due to one-time purchase of a new computer: the old, donated computer was obsolete)

Meals: 500

Misc: 300


TOTAL: $9,200

For Calendar 2014 COP continued the education process by:

  • 221 Presentations to Congressional staffers..
  • 14 Radio Interviews..
  • 2 brief chats with Members of Congress..
  • 11 chats with Members of Congress (5 minutes or more)
  • 58 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc
  • 4 major conferences attended (United Nations in Austria, DPA, NRA, CPAC – Conservative Political Action Conference)
  • 4 Appearances on major TV networks (Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision)
  • 8 published LTEs
  • 4 Presentations to Grover Norquist Wednesday meeting + weekly attendance at the brunch attended by 150 conservative leaders.   Named the       “Grand Central Station of the Conservative Movement.”
  • Assisted in having Grover Norquist speak to large audience at Burning Tree.
  • Established a solid relationship with members of the German, French, Uruguay and Swiss embassies.
  • A request from the German and French embassies to arrange meetings in Colorado as part of a fact-finding mission was carried out. A large shout out to the law firm of Vicente & Sederburg LLC who put the nuts and bolts together. They knocked it out of the park.


Cost: $9,200


Note: the large reduction in presentations to Congressional staffers reflects a new approach of talking to staffers once every two years, instead of every year. All 535 offices receive several visits to drop off materials & remind them of law enforcement presence on the Hill who are against Drug Prohibition.




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