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Donor to again defray costs of Clinton’s visit

John Colson

For the second time, a mysterious donor is offering to help defray the local security costs of an upcoming visit to Aspen by President Bill Clinton, police said Tuesday.

Pitkin County Deputy Sheriff Joe Di-Salvo said that a man he called “Adam David, also known as the Anonymous Donor,” called the sheriff’s department recently to offer his assistance in paying “some or all” of the local costs of Clinton’s visit.

The same man paid some $14,000 to local nonprofit organizations last year, roughly the same amount as the “hard costs” racked up during Clinton’s visit here last summer.

The donation last year was to offset grants and donations to organizations that might have gone unpaid because the county footed the bill “to feed and water the troops” during the visit, DiSalvo said.

“He actually came to us again,” DiSalvo continued, noting that the donor had pledged last year to help with the costs the next time the president came to town.

Clinton has been coming here for several years to raise money for the Democratic National Committee, and DiSalvo said the costs were nearly $25,000 two years ago. That figure, he said, does not include the overtime pay and other salaries for local law enforcement.

“Hopefully, this will put some of the community unrest … to rest,” quipped DiSalvo Tuesday after meeting with the donor. He noted that in the past, locals have objected to using taxpayers dollars for a Clinton fund-raiser, and that the same objections have begun surfacing this year.

Clinton is due to come to Aspen this summer, and as in the past, the local law enforcement agencies are expected to provide local support.

DiSalvo said the local officials can refuse to do so, in which case federal security, military and police officials will simply move in and take over security for the visit, which is not something local cops want to see happen.

“We’re not trying to make anybody look bad,” DiSalvo stressed. “We just want to take care of ourselves.”

DiSalvo and Sheriff Bob Braudis said they welcome the assistance. Braudis called the donor “low key and dignified,” and DiSalvo said the offer is “a classy and generous thing to do.”

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