Corrigan picks up fundraising pace; Dapper still outspends opponent 2-1 |

Corrigan picks up fundraising pace; Dapper still outspends opponent 2-1

— Routt County Democratic Commissioner Tim Corrigan has made up some fundraising ground on Republican challenger Bob Dapper since the third week in July, but in the big picture, Dapper continued to out-raise and out-spend his opponent by a margin of two to one as of the last campaign spending reporting period that ended Oct. 13.

Records on file with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office reflect that Corrigan raised $11,910 between July 24 and Oct. 13 and spent $13,303. Since the 2016 campaign spending period opened last fall, Corrigan, whose district comprises primarily South Routt County but includes the southernmost edge of Steamboat Springs, has raised $21,479.

That’s in addition to a carryover of $975 from his last campaign. His total expenditures now stand at $17,983.

Dapper has raised a total of $49,905 this election cycle, including $14,850 since July 24, and has spent a total of $39,870, leaving him with a balance of $10,034 as the election heads for the home stretch.

Dapper’s single biggest contributor this fall was Corporex executive William Butler of Covington, Kentucky, who contributed $1,500 to the campaign. Butler is the developer of Alpine Mountain Ranch and Club. Tom Fox of Fox Construction contributed $1,000 in the same timeframe as did the Routt County Republican Central Committee and Jack McClurg.

Robert Waltrip of Houston, Texas, who has considerable land holdings in Routt County, and Steamboat Springs businessman Chris Kaminski of B&K Distributing both contributed $500 to Dapper’s campaign.

Corrigan’s single largest contribution this fall was $5,000 from Michael Corrigan of Sarasota, Florida.

Rodger Steen’s $1,000 contribution, bringing his donations to the Corrigan campaign in aggregate to $1,380, is among the candidate’s larger contributors this period. Corrigan also received a $400 contribution from Routt County Planning Commissioner Peter Flint as well as a $200 contribution from former county commissioner Nancy Stahoviak of Oak Creek.

Both Corrigan and Dapper have devoted a significant portion of their campaign funding to advertising with the Steamboat Pilot & Today. Dapper has spent $8,515 with the newspaper since July 24, and Corrigan has spent $11,797 in that timeframe.

The comparison of the campaign contributions received by Colorado House District 26 candidates — Democratic incumbent Diane Mitsch Bush and Republican challenger Michael Cacioppo — is less direct than it is in the case of a county commissioner race because of the two-year campaign period for the legislative seat and the shorter reporting periods.

Mitsch Bush has added $70,295 to a prior balance of $2,349 since the election cycle began Dec. 5, 2014.

Her contributions between Sept. 29 and Oct. 12 include two from Conoco Phillips Spirit political action committee (PAC), one of $600 and another of $400; $400 from Atmos Energy Dallas, Texas; $400 from Doctors Company Colorado PAC of Napa, California; $500 from Pipefitters Local Denver, $500; and $400 from Colorado Ski Country USA.

Between Oct. 13 and 26, Mitsch Bush spent $11,237 on advertising mailers with C&D Printing of Denver, and another $2,293 on advertising with Steamboat Pilot & Today.

Cacioppo, who filed his candidate affidavit with the Secretary of State’s Office in late February, has since raised $15,465 and spent $14,495 between Sept. 29 and Oct. 12.

Many of his expenditures are for meals eaten while campaigning. They range from $2.85 at a convenience store to $50 at a restaurant in Steamboat. He spent $85 with Colorado Mountain News Media in Gypsum and $1,537 on advertising with Scott Biehl in Vail.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1

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