Campaign finance reports detail fundraising of Routt candidates

— The most recent campaign finance reports submitted to the state detail the fundraising of Routt County residents running for elected office this fall.

Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush has raised more than twice as much money as Republican Colorado House District 26 opponent Chuck McConnell, according to the reports filed with the Colorado Secretary of State's Office.

McConnell, a retired chemical engineer, and Mitsch Bush, a Routt County commissioner, are vying for the newly created HD 26 seat representing Routt and Eagle counties.

The campaign finance report that was due Tuesday showed Mitsch Bush had raised a total of $38,286.99 and another $1,358.54 in non-monetary contributions during the current election cycle. After spending $18,730.69, the Mitsch Bush campaign has $19,556.30 on hand.

Mitsch Bush has contributed nearly $4,000 to her own campaign. Another major contributor is the Colorado Professional Fire Fighters Small Donor Fund, which gave her $2,000. Mitsch Bush also tapped $4,500 from the Public Education Committee, which is an arm of the Colorado Education Association.

McConnell has raised $15,650 in cash and $125.84 in non-monetary contributions. After spending $12,673.45, he has $2,976 available.

McConnell has contributed $2,000 to his campaign. He has received several $500 donations from individuals outside Routt County, and the Routt County Republican Central Committee gave $750. McConnell also has received donations from several political action committees, including $500 from Rocky Mountain Gun Owners.

Direct mailings, newspaper advertisements and yard signs make up the bulk of the expenses for both House District 26 candidates as well as others running for county and state positions.

Routt County Commissioner District 1 race

A disparity in fundraising also exists in the race for the Routt County Board of Commissioners District 1 seat.

Democrat Tim Corrigan, who has been the South Routt School District board president since 2006, has raised $13,860 in cash and has spent $6,280.56, leaving him with $7,579.44.

Corrigan’s biggest contributors are his brother Michael Corrigan, of Sarasota, Fla., and Allen Storie, of Oak Creek. Both men gave Corrigan $5,000.

Republican Jim “Moose” Barrows, a former Olympian who works in ski promotions and real estate sales, has raised $4,360 and spent $1,805.24, leaving him with $2,554.76. Barrows has pledged not to use yard signs during his campaign.

Barrows' top three contributors each gave $500. They are Kentucky resident William Butler, Steamboat Springs School Board member Wayne Lemley and the Routt County Republican Central Committee.

Routt County Commissioner District 2 race

Fewer dollars are going into the Board of Commissioners District 2 race.

Democrat incumbent Doug Monger has raised $5,105 and has spent $3,727.31, leaving him with $1,422.89.

His top three contributors are Steamboat residents Ed Trousil and Don Gittleson, who each gave $200. Lemley gave $500.

Republican Tina Kyprios, a financial manager and fitness trainer, has raised $3,105.64 and spent $1,416.86, leaving her with $1,688.78.

Her top contributor is the Routt County Republican Central Committee, which donated $500. She received three $250 donations from individuals and $400 from Lemley.

Senate District 8

In the Senate District 8 race, Democrat Emily Tracy, of Breckenridge, has raised slightly more than Republican Randy Baumgardner, a state representative from Hot Sulphur Springs. Tracy has raised $63,853.48 in cash and has spent $56,109.12. Baumgardner has raised $53,488.76 in cash and has spent $44,504.32.

The Senate district encompasses all or parts of Routt, Moffat, Grand, Rio Blanco, Summit, Jackson and Garfield counties.

Tracy has taken $14,923.50 from the Colorado Democratic Party and $4,250 from the Colorado Professional Fire Fighters Small Donor Fund. She has taken from other labor groups as well, including the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the Colorado State Conference of Electrical Workers.

Contributors to Baumgardner’s campaign include the oil and gas industry and conservative interest groups. Rocky Mountain Gun Owners gave $3,000 to his campaign, and the Routt County Republican Central Committee kicked in $750.

Small penalties for late filings

Several candidates have received penalties for not submitting their finance reports on time.

Baumgardner has been assessed a $50 penalty for missing an Oct. 1 deadline by one day. McConnell had to pay a $50 fine after missing a July 2 deadline by one day. Barrows was assessed a fine of $350 for missing a June 5 deadline by seven days. The fine later was reduced to $50 because it was Barrows’ first time being late.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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