Manhattan Real Estate Investor Funds Property Rights Ballot Measures in Several States
Howard Rich, a Manhattan real estate investor, was behind many property rights and taxpayer ballot measures in several states last November, according to Christopher Cooper in a Wall Street Journal article on November 7, 2006. The libertarian millionaire is the chair of Americans for Limited Government. Among Mr. Rich's proposals were ballot measures in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, and Washington to prevent government from imposing land-use controls. The initiative process is expensive. Mr. Cooper wrote, "Though often characterized as citizen-driven, initiative campaigns are becoming dominated by corporate and national partisan interests."