Sheriff tips the scales on campaign financing
October 19, 2006
The race for Pitkin County sheriff has attracted national attention, and incumbent Bob Braudis’ campaign tops all local groups when it comes to contributions.As of Tuesday’s deadline, the Committee to Re-elect Bob Braudis had raised $22,077 and had spent $16,695 on radio and print advertising, a website, tech support, and a poster by Tom Benton, who did a well-known campaign poster for Hunter S. Thompson’s 1970 bid for sheriff. Braudis contributors include Ed Bradley of CBS “60 Minutes” fame, former Aspen Times publisher Loren Jenkins (the current international desk editor for National Public Radio), as well as legendary ski coach and broadcaster Bob Beattie, and former Aspen mayoral candidate Terry Butler.Rick Magnuson, who is challenging Braudis for sheriff, collected a total of $1,602, which includes $1,000 out of his own pocket. He’d spent $955 on posters, T-shirts and advertising.The races for the Pitkin County Board of Commissioners trailed far behind the sheriff’s contest in fundraising and spending. District 1 incumbent Patti Clapper has collected a total of $4,025 and spent $995 on her campaign. Challenger Tim Mooney collected $3,800 and spent $1,205 on his “Moon Me” buttons and other advertising.Running for the District 2 seat, former Mayor Rachel Richards, an Aspen city councilwoman, collected $10,355.08 and spent $7,714.41. Among Richards’ contributions were $250 from Braudis and $100 from Mick Ireland, who will vacate his District 1 seat on the commission in January. Richards faces former commissioner and local attorney Jim True in District 2. True collected $7,942.51 and spent $3,404.35 on posters, and radio and print ads.Helping From the Heart is the committee that supports Referendum 1A, which asks voters to continue and increase a dedicated property tax for health and human services. The committee raised $9,035 and spent $7,333 on T-shirts and mailings.The Build Our Library Committee raised a total of $8,074 in support of the new library in Basalt (Referendums 4A and 4B). The committee has spent $3,131 on printing and postage.The city clerk and recorder’s office had not yet received campaign contribution reports Thursday from either proponents or opponents of city referendums 2B, the new sales tax to fund transportation, and 2C, which asks residents to approve a new recycling center. There is a $50 per-day penalty for failing to file.Charles Agar’s e-mail address is email@example.com.