Less than 32 hours after the launch, 191 donors had come forth, contributing over $10,000 to ensure that the President’s portrait would be completed. As of 10:00 A.M. on Thursday morning, there had been a total of 205 donors contributing $10,519. Notable public donors to the GoFundMe include State Senator Ray Scott (R-Grand Junction), Representative Dan Pabon (D-Denver), and former Representative Dorothy Butcher (D-Pueblo).——————ORIGINAL POST 10:36 A.M. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1, 2018————————
“With contributions from $5 to $500, and donors across the political spectrum, this effort was a victory for Colorado,” said President Grantham on Thursday morning. “Every President – regardless of their political party – deserves a portrait in the Colorado State Capitol. It was great to see this get done quickly, and we can’t wait to let Sarah Boardman get started on another beautiful piece of art.”
Less than 24 hours after a "soft launch," as of 9:00 am Wednesday, the effort had received nearly $6,000 in donations, most of them relatively modest in size, which Grantham points to as a clear demonstration of Trump's continued popularity with grassroots Coloradans.More from the release:
“We’ve all seen the news, there’s no portrait of President Trump on display at the Colorado State Capitol,” Grantham says in a video pitch requesting donations, “which is why I’m excited to announce that we’re taking the reins and raising $10,000 to get a painting of Donald J. Trump in the Hall of Portraits at the Colorado State Capitol.”To clarify, if indeed the same artist who painted Obama's portrait has agreed to paint Trump's, as indicated on the GoFundMe page: her name is Sarah Boardman, and she's actually a native of England, though a current resident of Colorado Springs.
Grantham points out in the video that President Obama’s portrait was largely funded by a single donor. But he wants to take a more grassroots and “populist” approach with Trump’s portrait. “We figured it would be much more fitting to have everyday Coloradans, and Americans, pitch-in $5, $10 or $25 to get this portrait up. The artist, a Colorado Springs native, has already informed us that she is more than willing to get started, and we’re excited to see this blank space filled.”