by Pam Zubeck
On Feb. 11, a bunch of people apparently swarmed The Broadmoor, and Keith King came away with a lot of cash.
King is running for the District 3 seat on Colorado Springs City Council in a field of five: Jim Bensberg, Tom Gallagher, Bob Kinsey and Brandy Williams.
For the moment, King is king of the cash. He's raised $44,829 (which includes $10,479 he transferred from his previous state Senate campaign), followed by Angela Dougan in the north District 2 with $22,671.
The King party was a fundraiser hosted by the five-star resort, which spent $3,120 on the shindig. King's campaign took in $16,255 on that date, but campaign worker Danny Cole says only $8,500 came from the event itself. So for every dollar the Broadmoor spent on the party, King got $2.72 in donations.
Regardless of all that, King reports bringing in $26,000 during the most recent reporting period (Feb. 11-23). Among the donors were Nor'wood's Fred Veitch ($100), former Sen. Andy McElhany ($500), MDC Holdings of Denver, ($2,500), Joseph Clement with REMAX/Properties ($1,000), Robert Blaha ($200), lawyer Dustin Sparks ($1,000), Bob Cutter with Colorado Springs Together ($300), and so on.
King also seems to have a lock on the car-dealership lobby, drawing $5,000 from six dealers, including Faricy Boys, Bob Penkhus of Penkhus Mazda, Heuberger Motors, James Suss with Suss Buick, Perkins Motor Co. and Porsche of Colorado Springs.
We wondered if there was some issue lurking that involves the car business, but Cole tells us via e-mail, "No, I don't think their support is connected to any particular issue."
Other candidates who've raised substantial campaign money as of Monday's filing deadline are: Deborah Hendrix in District 4, $14,060; Tim Leigh in District 1, $13,300; Bensberg in District 3, $12,935; Jill Gaebler in District 5, $10,390, and Bernie Herpin, also in District 5, $8,343.
Of course, money isn't everything and doesn't guarantee a win, but as one candidate put it, "Nothing spends like cash."