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Pro-VCR forces in Carbondale out raise, spend opponents

John Colson
Post Independent
Aspen, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE – The proponents of the Village at Crystal River in Carbondale have spent more than six times the amount spent by their opponents, according to documents on filed Friday with the town clerk’s office.

The pro-VCR group achieved that tally on the strength of just two checks, written by the developer of the project.

The two groups battling over an election about the Village at Crystal River (VCR) filed their second campaign finance reports for the period from Jan. 10-27.

The Locals for Smarter Growth organization, which is asking voters to overturn the town board of trustees’ approval for the project, filed its campaign finance report early Friday afternoon.

Eric Gross, a local attorney named as the agent for the Say YES to Carbondale organization supporting the VCR, turned in his report at 5 p.m. Friday.

The final campaign finance report, according to Town Clerk Cathy Derby, is due 30 days after election day.

According to the report, the Say YES group received one donation in the second filing period, a $15,000 check from the Crystal River Marketplace LLC, developer of the project.

The group reported having $217 on hand from the first filing period, and in the second period spent $14,603 with Promotional Concepts, the marketing firm hired to conduct the Say YES election campaign.

According to the report, the money was spent on radio and newspaper advertising, a mass mailing, the Say YES website, and various public relations efforts including interviews, letter writing and forum fees.

The Locals group gathered $2,271 in contributions during the second reporting period.

The group reported just over $1,500 in cash left over from the first filing period, Nov. 23, 2011, to Jan. 10, 2012.

In their latest campaign finance report, the Locals group acknowledged receipt of more than $203 in individual contributions of $19 or less, and $37.50 in “non-monetary contributions,” which was reported as a printing job that was donated to the cause.

The lion’s share of donations came in contributions of $20 or more per donation, for a total of $2,030 during the second reporting period.

On the expenditure side, the group reported paying out $3,197 for newspaper advertising, which went to Colorado Mountain News Media, the Aspen Daily News and the Sopris Sun.

The Locals reported that they ended up with less than $547 in the bank as of Friday, while the Say YES group reported ending up with $617.

In the first reporting period, from Nov. 23, 2011 to Jan. 10, 2012, the Locals group reported $4,537 in contributions, meaning the group received a total of $6,808 over the course of the entire campaign.

The Say YES group, for that first reporting period, received a single $30,000 check from the Crystal River Marketplace LLC., meaning the group tallied a total of $45,000 for the election campaign.

Overall, the Say YES organization raised and spent more than six times the amount raised and spent by the Locals group.

jcolson@postindependent.com


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