The color of money
A glance at campaign finance reports from the Colorado secretary of state 's office shows that Citizens for Safer Communities (citizensforsafercommunities.org), the group opposing a ban on medical marijuana centers in unincorporated El Paso County, has taken in almost $17,000 in donations as of Oct. 12. Roughly $3,800 has been given directly to the campaign, the largest a $2,000 donation from Tylitha Reimers, owner of Canna Caregivers.
The rest has come via "in-kind" donations, which, as campaign manager Michael Elliott explains, "costs the donor money [that] doesn't go directly to the campaign." The most notable: ad buys worth $5,000 each from Steve Hammers at Hammers Construction and Jeff Sveinsson of Cannabicare.
"We're getting a good response to our ads," says Elliott. "We're trying to raise money to keep the radio ads going right now."
In the meantime: "We've got a massive ground operation going right now. The centers take the lists, and then the patients take the lists from the centers and contact the registered voters in their area, and urge the voters to vote no on 1A," Elliott says. "We just kind of started this push last week, and we're having some great success. Pretty much most all the centers are doing this, and are going to be recruiting their patients to directly contact voters."
For other expenditures, $2,000 has gone to retain Elliott's services, with another $685 being spent for ads in this newspaper.
In a small setback, a letter was issued Oct. 14 by the secretary of state notifying the campaign that due to a delinquent filing, a $400 fine was assessed; Elliott says CFSC has appealed.
Fountain: a 2G thang
In the city of Fountain, voters will be deciding Question 2G, worded much like the county's 1A wherein a "yes" vote means you want the ban: "Shall the city of Fountain, Colorado prohibit the operation of medical marijuana centers, optional premises cultivation operations, and medical marijuana-related infused products manufacturers' licenses, by enacting an ordinance ..."
Spearheading the charge for 2G is Kenneth Lippincott and his Yes on 2G group, which state records show has taken in roughly $3,000 in donations. The majority, some $2,500, is from St. Dominic Catholic Church with the rest coming from small donors.
In a side note, the campaign has recently experienced the theft of more than 100 of its "Yes on 1A, Yes on 2G" signs in Fountain, according to a report from KRDO.
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