(This blog has been updated to reflect that donors Matthew and Catherine Gendron are not developers or in the development business. “Steve Bach is our brother-in-law,” Matthew Gendron said in an e-mail. My apologies.)
Mayoral candidate Stephen Bach isn’t wasting any time.
Bach raised $33,250 since filing papers to run for a mayor just over a month ago, and many of his contributors are among the city’s most prominent residents.
Bach received four separate $5,000 contributions, one $2,000 contribution and nine $1,000 contributions, according to campaign reports provided to The Gazette today by the Bach campaign.
Many of Bach’s contributors belong to the who’s who of Colorado Springs.
Bruce Shepard, developer of the Village Seven subdivision and a co-founder of the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp., who gave $1,000
Developer C. Lewis Christensen, who gave $500.
Phil Lane, whose family made a fortune when they sold their Pepsi bottling and distribution business to Pepsi Bottling Group in 2008. Lane, who is now the managing partner of Operation 6035, contributed $1,000 to Bach’s campaign.
Advertising legends James and Nechie Hall, who started Praco Ltd, which used to be one of the four largest advertising firms in the state. They also contributed $1,000.
State Attorney General John Suthers and his wife, Colorado Springs Planning Commissioner Janet Suthers, didn’t contribute any money to Bach’s campaign. However, they gave an in-kind contribution of lumber for yard signs valued at $750, according to Bach’s campaign report.
Two of Bach’s $5,000 contributions came from Wichita, Kansas. The donors are identified as the Clark Investment Group and Johnny and Marjorie Stevens.
And in what seems to be a recurring theme in the mayor’s race, Bach lent his campaign $24,000.
That’s on top of the $1,000 he gave his campaign outright.