Stormwater issue "vote yes" committee raises over $300K

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Invest COS, the "vote yes" committee for the city's stormwater fee measure on the Nov. 7 ballot, has raised $311,290 so far, according to the latest campaign finance filed today.

But the committee has spent only $38,446 — mostly reimbursement for individuals' work time on the issue or consultants.

Mayor John Suthers tells the Independent he's been designated the "focal point" of the campaign and cut some radio ads last week that will begin airing soon.

"One of the things polling showed is people were more inclined [to support the measure] if the mayor is in favor of it," he says. He also said polling shows citizen trust in city government is the highest it's been in years.

The latest report shows money coming from developers and related trades and businesses.

Schmidt Construction of Colorado Springs ponied up $25,000, as did the business activist group Colorado Springs Forward.

Giving $10,000 each were Issues Mobilization Committee of Englewood, Pikes Peak Association of Realtors, High Valley Land Co. Inc., and The Broadmoor resort.

The committee hopes to spend about $500,000 on the campaign, and with about five weeks to go, might hit that target.

Meantime, there still appears to be no organized opposition that's filing campaign finance reports on its spending, though anti-tax activist Douglas Bruce has sponsored a "vote no" website.

(Disclosure: Independent chairman and founder John Weiss is helping with the "vote yes" campaign.)




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