Steamboat resident owes $108K for campaign rule violations |

Steamboat resident owes $108K for campaign rule violations

Sara Burnett / The Denver Post

David Smith Jr.

— David Smith's 2010 campaign for Routt County sheriff was as modest as it was short-lived.

A self-described "small real-estate investor" and insurance adjuster, Smith used his own money for the few expenses he incurred in the weeks leading up to his county party's assembly.

When he didn't get enough votes to make the ballot for the general election, he threw his support behind the Republican who did.

Which is why Smith — who never accepted a dime in campaign contributions — was stunned to learn late last year that he owes the state $108,050 in penalties for not filing campaign-finance reports in 2010 and 2011.

"That's when it got a little scary," Smith, a Steamboat Springs resident, said last week. "This was not a big, giant campaign. It's basically me."

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