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Everyone knows the Broadmoor area is the richest in the city. And in this year's Colorado Springs City Council election, it's acting like it.

The race for District 3, which covers that area, has seen five candidates garnering 36 percent of all campaign contributions made citywide. Beyond that, you can trace $1 of every $7 back to donors in the Broadmoor-area 80906 ZIP code, according to the Independent's analysis of campaign contributions through the March 15 filing deadline.

Candidates running in District 3, which also covers the west side and downtown, have amassed a total of $112,411. The next-highest total was raised by the four candidates in District 5, which covers the city's middle section, with $55,564.

From there, the rankings are: north District 2, 15 percent; northwest District 1, 11 percent; and the south District 4 and eastern District 6, 10 percent each.

Meanwhile, donors in 80906 gave $44,279, while $50,519 came from 80903, which covers downtown and includes addresses of several political action committees, such as the Regional Business Alliance, the Housing and Building Association and the Colorado Springs Police Protective Association.

Of the 24 candidates (including two who've recently ended their bids), Keith King raised the most money, $59,819, which includes $10,459 transferred from his previous state Senate campaign, in his District 3 bid. Second-highest is Brandy Williams, in the same district, with $31,634.

The analysis also shows that the 10 most generous donors account for $107,579 in donations, more than 34 percent of the total raised by all candidates. That includes $48,500 from developer/builder interests and $35,500 from three political action committees.

Who gave the most money? The Police Protective Association PAC, which gave $18,000 to six candidates, five of whom lead the way in fundraising: King, Angela Dougan, Tim Leigh, Jill Gaebler and Deborah Hendrix.

"I want someone that's a critical thinker that can make some decisions, that's not afraid to make some decisions," PPA president Dave Henrichsen says. "This Council has had some tough things on their plate, and at times, I've felt, they don't want to make some decisions, they don't want to ruffle any feathers."

Henrichsen says the PPA didn't pay attention to what candidates said they'd do for public safety, but rather widened its scope to include stormwater, utilities and pensions.

Unlike some congressional campaigns, the local races have drawn only $11,080 from out-of-state donors, usually family members of the candidates. That's 3.5 percent of the total raised.

It should be noted that Bob Kinsey in District 3 raised only $40 total; Julie Naye hasn't reported any donations; and Ed Bircham is funding his own campaign.

Here are the top 10 donors: Police Protective Association PAC, $18,000; Consuelo Williams (Brandy Williams' mother), $17,500; Housing and Building Association PAC, $17,500; Committee to Elect Keith King, $10,459; MDC Holdings, Denver (parent company of Richmond Homes), $10,000; Elite Properties of America, $9,500; the Broadmoor resort, $7,120; Oakwood Homes, $6,500; Mark and Carol Bogosian, $6,000; Richmond Homes, $5,000.

And the 10 candidates with the most money: Keith King (D3), $59,819; Brandy Williams (D3), $31,634; Angela Dougan (D2), $31,174; Tim Leigh (D1), $20,375; Jill Gaebler (D5), $19,809; Deborah Hendrix (D4), $19,355; David Moore (D6), $17,545; Jim Bensberg (D3), $17,168; Bernie Herpin (D5), $13,744; Roger McCarville (D5), $12,695.


Interns Miguel Bustamante and Craig Lemley contributed to this report.

Top donors by dollars (hello, PAC money)

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