Monday, March 18, 2013

Money streams in, and other Council campaign news

Posted By on Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 5:31 PM

April 2 city election
  • Pam Zubeck
  • Here's where all that money is going — into your mailbox.

In the most recent campaign finance cycle from Feb. 24 through March 10, candidates for six City Council districts in Colorado Springs in the April 2 election brought in more than $91,000.

As of Monday afternoon, the day the reports were due, here's a rundown of who raised how much during the period. (These figures are not cumulative for the entire campaign.)

District 1:
Joe Barrera — no report
Don Knight — $5,764
Tim Leigh — $6,875
Linda Mojer — 0
Julie Naye — no report

District 2:
Angela Dougan — $5,575
Joel Miller — $2,824
Bill Murray — $0

District 3:
Jim Bensberg — $3,701
Keith King — $9,875
Tom Gallagher — no report
Bob Kinsey — $40
Brandy Williams — $17,635 (includes $12,500 contribution from her mother)

District 4:
Helen Collins — $25
Gary Flakes — $200
Deborah Hendrix — $5,225
Dennis Moore — $1,985

District 5:
Jill Gaebler — $5,820
Bernie Herpin — $3,680
Al Loma — $2,300
Roger McCarville — $7,350 (includes $7,200 loan)

District 6:
Ed Bircham — $3,000 (from the candidate)
David Moore — $6,285
Andres Pico — $2,800
In other election news, Joel Miller, candidate in District 2, is offering $2,500 for information that leads to the arrest of whoever keeps stealing his campaign signs. He says in a release:

"Some may accept sign theft in a political campaign, and I do, too, to a degree," Miller says. "But when signs are stolen in the number mine have been stolen-more than 150, with three of the signs valued at $25.00 each-it passes the 'acceptable' limit. The theft is a direct assault on First Amendment rights. It can't be tolerated."

Miller says the reward would be paid from his personal bank account, not his campaign account. And he stresses that the thefts have not soured him to the political process, nor the people he hopes to represent. "I appreciate the many good people who live in Colorado Springs who approach politics in a
thoughtful manner with integrity at the forefront of their decision-making process."

Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to contact Miller at, or the Colorado Springs Police at 444-7000.

Meanwhile, to follow up on a blog post last week, Tom Gallagher did, indeed, throw his support to Keith King in District 3.

And to follow up on the complaint from Deborah Hendrix, candidate in District 4, about ballot wording of the Council pay issue, she can now take her gripe to City Attorney Chris Melcher, in light of this statement on behalf of City Council:

"There seems to be a lot of confusion re: who wrote the ballot language for Council Compensation. The City Attorney wrote the ballot language."

Finally, if you're interested in Colorado Springs Pride's voters guide, or who didn't fill out that questionnaire, go here.

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