Semrau boasts largest war chest
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” Tim Semrau leads in campaign contributions for Aspen’s mayoral race ” he’s more than $8,000 ahead of Mick Ireland, according to the latest campaign finance reports.
Mayoral candidate Torre’s campaign war chest added $2,175 in the latest cycle ” from April 18 to May 1 ” boosting his total to $8,096. Bonnie Behrend reported just one contribution of $100 during the cycle ” the total amount she has raised for the entire campaign, thanks to contributor Sandy Israel of Basalt.
Semrau, meanwhile, raised $15,320 during the latest cycle, increasing his campaign fund to $33,569, records released Tuesday show. During that period, Ireland reeled in $6,590 to up his total to $24,929.
The cutoff for campaign contributions for the May 8 election was Tuesday.
Ireland had support from two former Aspen mayors ” John Bennett and Rachel Richards, a current Pitkin County commissioner. Commissioner Dorothea Farris, who once sat on the Pitkin County board with Ireland, also donated to his cause, as did state Sen. Gail Schwartz, D-Snowmass Village.
Ireland garnered support from Hollywood director and local resident Bob Rafelson, as well as some local lawyers and three people with newspaper ties: Allyn Harvey, former managing editor of The Aspen Times; Sara Garton, a proofreader at the Times; and Alison Danforth, a bookkeeper at the Aspen Daily News and the sister of its owner, Dave Danforth.
The list of Semrau backers included many prominent Aspen developers, real-estate agents and those with ties to the construction industry. Dwayne Romero, a developer and candidate for Aspen City Council, supported Semrau to the tune of $50.
Torre raised an additional $2,175, for total contributions of $8,086, and spent $3,519 for advertising, postage and T-shirts.
While Semrau outpaced his competitors, Ireland outspent the bunch, plunging $11,054 into advertising and mailers, compared with the $10,394 Semrau spent on advertising, including an additional $3,417 with his marketing firm, the Darnauer Group.
So far the City Council race doesn’t appear to be as costly as the mayoral version, with Romero leading the eight candidates with, $9,040, followed by Michael Wampler at $7,606 for the campaign so far.
Real-estate brokers topped Romero’s list of backers, and the bulk of his $ 6,232 expenditures went to advertising in local papers.
LJ Erspamer spent $2,384.17 of his own money on advertising and office supplies, records show.
Andrew Kole collected an additional $400 in contributions, totaling $517 (on top of $268 from a former campaign) he spent mostly on advertising.
Toni Kronberg didn’t collect money, but her backers paid a total of $2,170 for everything from the materials for handmade signs ($3 each), newspaper ads and fliers.
Michael O’Sullivan collected $1,000, including contributions from local real-estate brokers. He listed no expenditures.
Steve Skadron raised an additional $3,325, for a total of $4,575, and spent $121 for newspaper advertising recently. His total expenses were $333.
Michael Wampler collected an additional $2,670 over the last few weeks for a total of $7,606. He spent nearly all the funds collected on advertising and a meet-the-candidate party at Eric’s Bar for $250. Wampler counts a handful of old-time Aspenites ” including Sheriff Bob Braudis ” among his backers.
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