Friends of District 51 reaches goal of raising $50,000 for 3B

Friends of School District 51, a campaign group supporting Referred Measure 3B, reached its goal of raising $50,000 by Election Day.

A campaign finance report filed Friday with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office revealed the committee had received $48,973.50 in contributions through Oct. 23. Friends of School District 51 member Cathy Story said the group collected the remaining amount needed to reach its goal this week. “We were able to do all of the activities we wanted to do,” Story said.

Friends of District 51 had $5,087.06 left in its account as of Oct. 23. The group received $12,015 in contributions between Oct. 13 and Oct. 20, including $5,000 from Denver-based investment banking and bonding business George K. Baum & Co.

District 51 paid Baum $48,000 this summer to help the district explore whether it should attempt an override and what the override question should look like. Story said Friends of School District 51 paid Baum separately for some consultation work, such as advice on whether to conduct phone banks, and for doing some graphic design work on mailers the committee sent to voters.

Contributions also came from local architecture and design business Blythe Group, which donated $1,000, Wells Fargo Bank, which donated $500, and Salt Lake City-based computer-services company Zion’s Management Services Co.

Since filing its last campaign finance report Oct. 10, the committee spent nearly $7,400 on printing, $260 on photography and almost $4,000 on print advertising. The committee also paid the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder $50 for voter lists and paid Magellan Data and Mapping Strategies in Louisville $726.30 for auto-message telephone calls.

The campaign committee has been running a call center for almost three weeks.  Story said volunteers heard a lot of call recipients say they plan to vote for 3B, a mill levy override that would send about $12.5 million a year in property tax revenue to District 51 for six years.

District 51 School Board candidate Ann Tisue received $830 in contributions, all accepted on Oct. 7, according to her campaign finance filing. Fellow School Board candidates Cindy Enos-Martinez and Jeff Leany did not file finance reports because they do not have candidate committees.

The contributions to Tisue’s campaign came from 15 people, including Mesa County Commissioner Craig Meis, Mesa County Commission candidate and former District 51 School Board candidate Rose Pugliese, State Board of Education and former District 51 School Board member Marcia Neal, Mesa County Republican Women Secretary Sue Benjamin, and former West End Superintendent Phyllis Hunsinger.

Tisue’s filing lists two expenditures in October: $369.56 for yard signs and $212 for radio advertising.


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