Final campaign-finance reports released last Thursday show that City Council President Keith King enjoyed a windfall as rich as the southwestern district he now represents. The former state senator drew on area power players, auto dealers and a network of small donors to raise a total of $72,464. Former Councilor Brandy Williams, who also sought the District 3 seat, raised the second-largest amount of $59,682, though most of that came from her mother.
The Broadmoor flexed its muscle on behalf of King, giving him $8,120, an amount that easily makes it a Top 10 contributor in this election cycle. The hotel — purchased in 2011 by Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz, who bought the Gazette the next year — donated $5,000 outright, as well as hosted a Feb. 11 fundraiser. Broadmoor CEO Steve Bartolin contributed $500 of his personal money to King's campaign, with another $250 from Bill Hybl, vice chairman of the hotel as well as CEO of the El Pomar Foundation.
Whether you include the related donations or not, it's one of the largest amounts from a single entity to a single candidate. It's particularly interesting considering how quickly an initiative important to the Broadmoor will be decided by City Council in the near future.
As we reported April 24 ("No time for mulligans," News), the resort seeks to vacate a 3,000-foot stretch of West Cheyenne Mountain Boulevard to expand its golf courses — and vie for events like the U.S. Open or PGA Championship. However, some residents have balked.
Reached by e-mail for comment, King replies, "The proposal for the golf course is just that. It has not even been submitted to the planning commission and might never reach Council." That said, in a Gazette candidate survey, King called area transportation a priority — "to make sure every citizen is protected and free to commute between home, work and play."
Wednesday, May 8 and, tentatively, June 4 and 6 will bring further meetings. See broadmoorgolfclub.org for details.