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Marks way out front in Aspen campaign fundraising

ASPEN ” With the city elections less than a week away, mayoral candidate Marilyn Marks has surged ahead of the field in the battle for campaign cash.

Marks’ campaign reeled in $27,300 from April 14-28, more than doubling the amount raised by her three opponents combined, according to a report of contributions and expenditures released Tuesday by the Aspen City Clerk’s Office.

Over the last two weeks Marks’ campaign attracted 122 contributors, of which 81 people gave the maximum allowed, records show. That amounts to an average of $1,820 a day over a 15-day period.

Marks reported that her contribution period covered April 14-28, while her three opponents indicated theirs to be April 15-28.

In any case, the amount pushed her war chest total to $38,633, and she still has $29,575 to spend until the May 5 election, records show.

Incumbent Mayor Mick Ireland, meanwhile, brought in $6,290 in the most recent cycle, pushing his total to $9,320.92. Records show he has $3,362.33 left in his campaign coffers for the final stretch.

Ireland’s total was the second highest in the mayor’s race, outpacing challengers LJ Erspamer ($2,895 in the most recent cycle, with $1031.88 funds on hand) and Andrew Kole ($1,315, with $806.14 available).

Erspamer and Kole also can thank Marks for a contribution. Their reports show that she gave $250 to each of their campaigns. Ireland, however, did not receive a contribution from Marks.

In the race for the two open seats on Aspen City Council, Adam Frisch is winning the fundraising battle. Frisch reported $8,795 in contributions, though his reporting period is from April 10-28 ” not a two-week period like seven other City Council candidates reported. Even so, not only did that amount top the field of nine council candidates, it also eclipsed the amount Ireland raised during his reporting period.

Frisch also reported having $5,483 in funds heading into the final week of campaigning.

Coming in second was another newcomer to Aspen politics, Derek Johnson, who reported $6,584 in contributions from April 10-28. He reported $299.21 in funds on hand.

Incumbent Jackie Kasabach’s $5,248 placed third among council candidates in the fundraising drive, with $2,208 left in her campaign account.

The other incumbent, Jack Johnson, raised $2,375 in the most recent cycle, with a balance of $969.48.

Former councilman Torre reported $2,8484.44 in contributions for April 15-28. He has $1,742.75 remaining, records show.

Michael Behrendt, also a former councilman, brought in $1,165, with the same amount remaining.

Brian Speck filed a report, but noted that “I have taken no contributions.”

The ninth candidate, Jason Lasser, did not meet the City Clerk’s Office 5 p.m. deadline Tuesday for filing a report form.

This clarification was published May 5, 2009:

The Wednesday, April 29 article titled “Marks way out front in campaign fundraising” contained misleading information. The article implied that City Council candidates Adam Frisch and Derek Johnson filed their campaign expenditures report for the wrong time frame. Frisch and Johnson, however, correctly reported their campaign expenditures report for the date beginning April 10. The Times regrets any confusion.

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