So far, Colo. slow to donate to Capitol fund

DENVER— Colorado’s effort to raise money to repair its rusting Capitol dome is off to a rusty start itself.

A month after announcing a splashy fundraising effort, restoration officials said individual donors have forked over just about $20,000 of the $4 million needed by June to complete repairs to the 19th-century cast-iron dome.

If the goal isn’t reached, the dome will still be repaired — but the State Historical Fund would have to cover the balance to make sure the estimated $12 million in repairs are complete.

Former U.S. Sen. Hank Brown launched a “Share In The Care” campaign to solicit small individual donations on Jan. 19. Restoration officials showed diagrams of Colorado’s deteriorating 1890s Capitol Dome and urged residents to make giving easy by texting the word “DOME’ to 50555 to have $10 added to their cell phone bills.

But a month into the campaign, only 423 people have answered the texting plea, said James Hare, executive director of Colorado Preservation Inc., a Denver nonprofit organizing the fundraiser.


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