Money has poured into the Firefighters for a Safer Colorado Springs coffers to fund support of Issue 1, which would give local firefighters collective bargaining authority, though not authority to strike.
The election is Tuesday, April 2, and ballots must be returned to the City Clerk's Office by 7 p.m.
The firefighter committee has raised $639,123, according to its March 29 campaign finance report, more than twice as much as the vote "no" effort, Citizens Against Public Employee Unions, which reported raising $303,967.
That makes the issue campaign valued at $1 million in contributions to the two committees.
The firefighter group received donations from firefighter groups in Sacramento, San Francisco, San Bernardino and Cal Fire in California; from Miami and Jacksonville, Fla.; Portland, Oregon; Buffalo, New York; Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Pa.; Fairfax, Virginia; Chicago; West Metro in the Denver area; New York state firefighters, and the International Fire Fighters Association.
To update other candidates' filings:
Council candidates and the amounts raised — Randy Tuck, $11,570; Regina English, $600; Tom incumbent Strand, $39,351; Tony Gioia, $27,457; and Val Snider, $12,787. Dennis Spiker hasn't filed a report in the last cycle.
Mayoral candidate Juliette Parker has raised $17,250, of which $8,000 came from loans from herself to the campaign.
Mayor John Suthers has raised a total of $228,211, and spent all but $87,081. In the latest reporting period, the largest donor was The Broadmoor with $5,000.
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Not all candidates had filed their campaign finance reports on time for this round of filings for the April 2 city election where voters will elect a mayor, three at-large City Council members and decide Issue 1, which would give firefighters the right to collectively bargain but not to strike. Reports were due March 29.
Here's what we know.
• Citizens Against Public Employee Unions, which opposes Issue 1, has raised a total of $345,516. It's spent $303,967.
• Firefighters for a Safer Colorado Springs did not file a report, but previously reported raising $537,025.
Other organizations' reports:
• Community Leaders of America pumped $5,000 into Mayor John Suthers' reelection campaign and $1,000 in the coffers of Wayne Williams, who's seeking an at-large City Council seat. The organization is the national caucus of Republican mayors and city council members and was formed, according to the group, "in response to the lack of a national strategy to elect and support Republicans to the offices of mayor and city council." City elections here are nonpartisan.
• Sierra Club has raised $66,000 and spent $12,500 on canvassing and $44,233 on "voter mail education" but did not disclose which candidates it supports.
• The same is true of Americans for Prosperity, which reported it raised no funds but provided values of $24,042 each for mailers and door hangers and canvassing for unidentified candidates.
• Together for Colorado Springs raised $4,140 from John Weiss, owner of the Independent
and other newspapers, for ads that appeared in the Indy
. The report doesn't say who the ads supported, but T4CS ads endorsed Bill Murray and Terry Martinez.
• John Pitchford has raised $105,424 and has $82,624 on hand.
• Suthers, Juliette Parker and Lawrence Martinez did not file reports by 5 p.m. on March 29.
• Incumbent Bill Murray has raised $3,100.
• Wayne Williams, former Colorado Secretary of State, has raised $55,652.
• Gordon Klingenschmitt, former state representative, has raised $12,387.
• Terry Martinez has raised $33,947.
• Athena Roe has raised $825.
Candidates who had not filed a report include Regina English, Randy Tuck, incumbent Tom Strand, Dennis Spiker, Val Snider and Tony Gioia.
The election is four days away. It's being handled by mail. You must return you ballot by 7 p.m. on April 2. For information, go here