Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Mayor fundraising launches with a whimper

Posted By on Wed, Oct 8, 2014 at 10:18 AM

click to enlarge Those seeking the city's top job need a lot of cash. - ELVERT BARNES
  • Elvert Barnes
  • Those seeking the city's top job need a lot of cash.
The fundraising race for candidates running for mayor in Colorado Springs has begun, with two contenders reporting a combined $25,000 in donations in just a month.

But it will take some bush-beating to match the duel in 2011 in which the two front-runners — Steve Bach, who was elected, and Richard Skorman — raised roughly $1 million combined.

In the April 2015 race, Attorney General John Suthers is the front-runner. He’s raised $21,750 from 54 donors; 29 of them are retirees and 11 are attorneys. (No surprise.) Six of the 54 gave $1,000 or more, and all but $1,800 of his total came from people living in Colorado Springs.

El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen received $3,462 from 10 donors, of whom four are retirees. Of the total, $1,112 was a loan from herself, and more than half of the $2,350 she got in donations came from outside Colorado Springs.

Lathen spent $1,489, and Suthers, $1,208, on start-up expenses such as bank fees, postage and printing.

Suthers has no carry-over money from his last attorney general’s campaign, and Lathen has $348 from her last commissioner campaign, according to a report filed in November 2013.

Reports for candidates for mayor and three City Council at-large seats who have raised at least $20 are due monthly in October, November and December. From January until the April 7 election, reports will be due semi-monthly.

Mary Lou Makepeace, mayor from 1997 to 2003, says she plans to run but hasn’t declared. Nor has Tom Binnings, an economist who’s suggested he might vie for the office, according to media reports. 

Read Suthers and Lathen's reports for the details.



Committees for issues are due to report campaign finance on Friday. Those include Trails and Open Space Coalition Yes for Parks, to promote the the county's retention of excess money from 2013, called 1A, and Citizens for Responsible Stormwater Action, plugging for a "yes" vote on 1B, a measure to create a flood control agency and assess fees to property owners.

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