Cash tallies in for school campaigns

Final campaign filings for the Nov. 1, 2011, election show a committee set up to support the failed School District 51 mill levy override collected a total of $50,548.50.

A final campaign-committee filing made last month to the Colorado Secretary of State’s office shows Friends of School District 51 collected $1,575 in monetary donations in the final nine days of the campaign. The committee also reported $7,500 in nonmonetary contributions between Oct. 24 and Nov. 1.

Six monetary donations were collected during that period. U.S. Bank, Jamie Hamilton and the company he runs, Home Loan Investment Co., each donated $500; University of Colorado regent Tillie Bishop donated $40; District 51 spokesman Jeff Kirtland contributed $25; and District 51 School Board President Greg Mikolai donated $10 to the campaign at the end of October.

The nonmonetary contribution came from Denver-based George K. Baum & Co., a firm that advised and conducted surveys for the school district when it was formulating the mill levy override question for the November ballot. Baum provided the committee with advice about election-related materials and communication, according to the final campaign finance filing.

Friends of School District 51 spent $47,478.57 during the campaign. That money went to advertising, voter lists, telephone services, consultants, postage, fliers, signs, banners, bumper stickers, photography, food for phone-bank volunteers and mileage for Election Day helpers.

School Board member Ann Tisue, the only one of three District 51 School Board candidates to register a campaign committee in 2011, collected a total of $1,588.51 in contributions during her campaign. Of that amount, $658.25 was donated between Oct. 24 and Election Day and came from 10 contributors, including former District 51 School Board member Jim Gebhard.

Tisue reported spending $1,044.16 over the course of her campaign. That money was spent on advertising, signs and posts, a website, photography, fliers, business cards, stamps, office supplies and bench ads.


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