Campaign finance reports
Reporting period: March 1 to April 3
■ Monetary contributions
Erich Esswein, $25; Stephen Aigner, $250; Ruby Mtn. LLC, $1,500; Bill Moser, $1,200; Bill Moser, $28.19
■ Nonmonetary contributions: $0
$2,858.87*, ads, Steamboat Pilot & Today; $122.50, ad reimbursement, Towny Anderson; $80, work meeting refreshments, Geeks Garage; $180, ads, NRC Broadcasting; $228, ads, KBCR radio; $248.50, ads, The Local; $8, not itemized
Good For Steamboat
Reporting period: March 1 to April 8
■ Monetary contributions: $0
■ Nonmonetary contributions
(All nonmonetary contributions are from Steamboat 700 LLC, for the designated expenditures.)
$864, ads, NRC Broadcasting; $5,208.50, ads, Steamboat Pilot & Today; $600, ads, KBCR radio; $12,000, consulting and professional services, The Kenney Group; $248.03, phone supplies, Walmart; $418.76, food and beverage, Steamboat Smokehouse; $19.10, food, Bagel Works; $941.58, printing, PostNet; $100, food and beverage, Sunpie’s Bistro; $30.36, food and beverage, Starbucks; $314, ads, The Local; $12,500, consulting and professional services, CWJ Inc.; $1,525, consulting and professional services, Curtis Church; $576.32, consulting and professional services, Tarsha Ebbern; $2,813.38, food and beverage, Rex’s American Grill & Bar
■ Returned contributions
$3,130, Steamboat 700 LLC, closing of campaign committee
(All payments are for canvassing and telephone support)
$170, Liz Brown; $80, Ann Butcher; $150, Lindsay Townsend; $125, Marcie Tracy-Norris; $40, Daniel Mark; $70, Sarah Dorsey; $45, April Dykman; $45, Nick Koch; $45, Charles Angerhofer; $70, Joe McKechnie; $70, Cole Henderson; $70, Kris Ratchkowsky
*Indicates the total cost of multiple purchases or payments.
Source: Campaign finance reports filed with Steamboat Springs City Clerk Julie Franklin
Steamboat 700 developers spent a total of nearly $140,000 on their campaign for the proposed Steamboat 700 annexation that city voters strongly denied in last month’s election.
The Good For Steamboat and Let’s Vote committees submitted their final campaign finance reports late last week to Steamboat Springs City Clerk Julie Franklin. The reports continue the trend of the first two report submittals, which occurred Feb. 16 and March 5 and showed a vast financial disparity between Good For Steamboat’s developer-funded, pro-annexation campaign and the citizen-funded opposition effort by Let’s Vote.
During the final reporting period, from March 1 to early April, Good For Steamboat spent more than $38,000 in a final push for the annexation, compared to less than $4,000 spent by Let’s Vote. The committee opposing the annexation spent a total of less than $18,000 on the campaign and resoundingly won the mail-in vote that ended March 9 by a split of about 60 percent to 40 percent, or 2,592 votes against the annexation to 1,661 votes in favor.
Before release of the final finance reports, longtime Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kay Weinland said she could not recall a Routt County campaign committee that spent more than $100,000.
“I’m stunned,” she said about that figure.
Good For Steamboat’s final total of about $140,000, spent from late December through the March 9 election, includes more than $83,500 for consulting and related services from various companies and individuals; more than $13,000 in Steamboat Pilot & Today advertising, plus advertising costs to other local media outlets; and more than $6,300 on food and beverages from local restaurants and retailers, including about $2,800 for an election-night party at Rex’s American Grill & Bar.
The Let’s Vote committee spent $9,450 on Steamboat Pilot & Today advertising, plus costs to other local media. The committee’s other expenditures primarily included printing, postage and Web development.
Steamboat 700 attorney Bob Weiss said the Steamboat 700 development team has not yet finalized any plans for its parcel just west of current city limits.
“I’ve had a few conversations with Danny” Mulcahy, Weiss said Sunday, referring to Steamboat 700’s principal and project manager. “They’re really evaluating their options. I don’t think they have anything more to say at the moment.”
Mulcahy could not be reached by phone Sunday.