Mayoral candidate Richard Skorman has collected nearly a half-million dollars in campaign contributions, out raising opponent Steve Bach by more than $100,000, according to reports filed Monday with the City Clerk’s Office.
Bach raised $83,948 in this last reporting period.
Skorman wasn’t too far behind with $78,832 in contributions.
Skorman has spent $369,000 total, including $75,600 in the last reporting period. TV ads, polling and staffing were among Skorman’s biggest expenses.
Bach has spent about $332,000 total, including nearly $73,000 in the last reporting period. The bulk of Bach’s expenses were TV ads and consulting services.
It’s difficult to do an apples-to-apples comparison of the two candidates’ contributions and expenditures because they’ve been following different reporting deadlines.
In April, The Gazette asked Deputy City Clerk Cindy Conway whether the candidates had to file their reports five days before the deadline as Skorman has been doing or on the date stated under the city clerk’s election calendar, which is what the Bach campaign has been doing.
“The five days prior to filing deadline is appropriate,” Conway said in an email.
Conway provided the following citation from the Campaign Finance Act:
|CRS 1-45-108 (IV)(e) – Campaign Finance Act|
|(e) The reporting period for all reports required to be filed with the municipal clerk and such reports required to be filed pursuant to section 1-45-109 (1) (a) (II) and (1) (c) shall close five calendar days prior to the effective date of filing.|