The money trail

Campaign finance reports show business backing

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Some of the most prominent members of the Steamboat Springs business community and real estate agents are opening their wallets for City Council candidates Bud Romberg, Kevin Kaminski and Nancy Kramer.

Campaign finance reports due last week -- the first campaign filing deadline of the election cycle -- revealed how much money City Council candidates have raised for their respective campaigns and who's contributing to their causes.

Romberg, one of three men running for the council's at-large position, was the top fundraiser with $6,538, nearly twice as much as any other candidate.

Kaminski, who is running for the District 3 seat, was second with $3,470. District 1 candidate Kramer raised $2,825, the third highest amount. Donors to all three of their campaigns include some of the area's better-known business owners and real estate leaders.

With a few weeks left before Election Day, the campaign already is looking to be an expensive one.

When Romberg ran for re-election in 2003, he raised $1,775 by the second finance report filing date, which was at the end of October. He already has raised about 3 1/2 times that amount. Romberg lost the 2003 election to Susan Dellinger by three votes.

Kramer already has raised more than the $2,016 she had on Election Day 2001. This year, Kramer, a council incumbent, is running against fellow council member Steve Ivancie.

Although Romberg, Kramer and Kaminski have collected large amounts of money, some of the candidates they're up against have not received any contributions.

Stuart Lynn, who is running against Romberg and Towny Anderson for the at-large position, has not reported raising any money for his campaign.

Warren Harner, who is competing against Charles McConnell and Antonucci, the incumbent, for the District 2 seat, has given $1,000 to his own campaign and has not

reported raising any other funds. McConnell has not raised any money but spent $1,595 of his money. Antonucci has raised $825.

Candidates will file finance reports again later this month and a third time after Election Day, which is Nov. 1.

Candidates for School Board races and campaigns for ballot issues filed their reports through the Routt County Clerk and Recorder's Office. Office personnel mistakenly requested that filings be made by Monday instead of Oct. 12, so not all records were available Friday.

Filings that were in by Friday afternoon included:

The Library Expansion Committee raised $9,414 in contributions from Jan. 1 to Oct. 6. The largest contributors were Joy and Dennis Swanson and Thomas Hopp. The committee has spent $8,729.

The Affordable Housing Coalition raised $1,630 from July 1 and Oct. 6. No contributions were more than $100. The committee has spent $104 on checks and advertising.

The Campaign to Help Routt County Residents with Mental Retardation raised the most of any campaign, with a total of $23,970 -- $23,500 of which was from Horizons Specialized Services, the nonprofit organization that is seeking a tax to help fund its services. The campaign has spent $19,780.

Citizens for Dr. D., a campaign for Steamboat Springs School Board candidate John DeVincentis, raised $3,729 and spent $260.

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