by John Kiljan
Dear CLRC members and friends,
The latest reports on how much the 11 Arvada City Council candidates have spent on their campaigns and who their donors are, have just been released. Here’s a quick rundown of what I’ve seen in looking through the reports now up on the City’s website at Arvada.org. The figures are rounded to the nearest $100 to make them easier to digest. The reporting period is through October 8th. The next report is due at the end of the month.
Unlike other some other metro cities, Arvada has fairly low contribution limits for Council elections. Those are generally $500 for district elections and $750 for at-large elections. Arvada can set its own limits because the Constitution of the State of Colorado grants home-rule cities, such as Arvada, a lot of authority in deciding how they choose to regulate and manage their own elections. Still, the limited contribution information we do have can be telling for those who follow these campaigns.
Marc Williams: contributions $26,400; expenditures $19,900 (75%)
The incumbent mayor has a lengthy list of contributors, 20 of whom contributed $500 or more to his campaign. Included in that list are at least two Olde Town developers.
Dave Chandler: contributions $3800; expenditures $2100 (56%)
Mr Chandler had two donors who contributed $500 or more.
Bob Fifer: contributions: $6000; expenditures $4500 (76%)
Councilor Fifer had two contributors of $500 or more.
Kathy Drulard: contributions: $1300; expenditures $3100 (247%)
Ms Drulard had one contributor of $500.
Carl Campanella: contributions: $600; expenditures $1700 (274%)
Mr Campanella’s largest contribution has been for $350.
Jerry Marks: contributions: $5700; expenditures $8500 (148%)
Councilor Marks has two $500 contributors – the maximum allowed for a district election.
Nancy Ford: contributions $300; expenditures $100 (26%)
Dr Ford had no large contributors.
Mark McGoff: contributions $9600; expenditures $9000 (95%)
Councilor McGoff had quite a number of small contributors for a district election (127 are listed). The highest two are for $500 each.
Dave Palm: contributions $200; expenditures $600 (346%)
David Jones: contributions $7700; expenditures $14,100 (183%)
Mr Jones had half a dozen contributors of $300 or more.
Bob Dyer: contributions $1300; expenditures $600 (46%)
Incumbent Councilor Dyer’s largest donation was for $500.
WHERE TO FIND OUT MORE
You can see the entire campaign finance reports, including the names of the donors, at this Arvada.org link:
Candidates who are spending more than they take in in campaign contributions are generally loaning the shortfall to themselves. If I understand this correctly, they can use later contributions to help pay back those loans. Those loans are not included in the ‘contribution’ totals listed above. What you see listed are the real contributions from outside sources.
Percentages were calculated using the unrounded dollar amounts.
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Arvada, CO 80004
14 October 2015