Mayoral candidate Richard Skorman is raising a lot of money.
But he’s spending it fast, too.
In January, he racked up more than $38,000 in expenses.
Nearly half, or $17,500, went toward two separate polls to gauge what voters have on their minds as well as who they would vote for if the election was held that particular day.
“We’ve done two polls and that really helps us know what issues are the most important to talk about,” campaign spokeswoman Camille Blakely said today.
“That really helps us formulate the platform and the messaging,” she said.
Mayoral and City Council candidates must submit reports of campaign contributions and expenditures to the City Clerk’s Office on a regular basis. The next deadline is Feb. 7.
However, Skorman’s campaign sent out a news release today trying to get publicity for collecting nearly $101,000 in contributions just in January, prompting The Gazette to request a detailed summary of both contributions and expenditures.
According to documents provided by Skorman’s campaign:
On Jan. 18, Skorman forked over $6,500 to Luce Research for polling. On Jan. 26, he paid the Springs-based polling firm an additional $11,000 for more polling.
Among the questions respondents were asked was who they would pick for mayor if the election was held on the day the poll was conducted, Blakely said.
Blakely said the campaign manager, who is in a meeting, would have to authorize releasing the results of that question.
“I don’t mean to be evasive. I know that it’s something we’ve kept very quiet,” she said.
Among Skorman’s other big expenses in January:
$5,457.55 was paid to political consultant Bob Schaeffer on Jan. 11 for consulting services.
$3,000 was paid to 3PG Consulting, LLC on Jan. 12, also for consulting services.
$3,927 was paid to Precision Signz and Banners on Jan. 14 for yard signs.