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Latest campaign finance report shows jump in donations to anti-bond group

Teresa Ristow

— The latest campaign finance reports show a handful of local businesses as the latest supporters of the anti-bond Citizens for a Better Plan, reflecting the signs of support seen in the windows of some businesses in Steamboat Springs.

Reports due Friday showed the committee gathering another $7,050 in donations during a two-week period ending Oct. 25, bringing the group's campaign total to about $16,700.

The reports were the second of three filings due to the Colorado Secretary of State's Office for the election season.

Pro-bond committee Yes 2 Steamboat Schools gathered $660 during the same two-week reporting period, bringing the group’s campaign total to about $7,600 through Oct. 25.

Several of the new donations to Citizens for a Better Plan came from donors with ties to local businesses, including $500 from June and Ed MacArthur, $250 from Holiday Inn, $250 from Steamboat Restaurant Group and $250 from Creekside Café and Grill.

A $2,100 donation from Central Park Management on Weiss Drive was accompanied by $250 donations using the same address but from contributors Luigi, Soda Creek Bldg. and Walton Pond Mini Storage. Another $250 was donated by Thomas Weiss Partnership.

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Other large donations to the committee were $990 from Bere Neas, $500 from Clinton County Anesthesiology, with an address out of Illinois, and $500 from PG Car Wash in Craig.

School board candidate finance

Candidates for the contentious Steamboat Springs School Board race also have continued to fundraise for their campaigns.

Candidate Joey Andrew, who was initially running his campaign with a $300 loan from himself, picked up $1,350 in new contributions during the latest filing period. Andrew's largest donations included $400 each from Albert Dowden and Shirley Andrew.

Candidate Lindsay Wert received $685 in new donations, including $500 from Bruce Allbright, bringing his total to about $1,800, including $1,000 he contributed of his own money.

Candidate Margaret Huron received about $800 through 13 new donations from individuals each giving $100 or less, bringing her total collected to about $2,700.

Candidate Michelle Dover, who is campaigning with Huron, received $50, bringing her total to $2,360.

Candidate Anne Lowe loaned herself an additional $3,200 for her campaign and received $1,000 in new donations from six individual donors, bringing her total collected to $5,900, with $4,200 in personal loans and $1,700 from donors.

Lowe’s new donations included $250 from June MacArthur and $200 each from Barb Sanders and Tim Borden.

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