The battle to become Colorado Springs’ first strong mayor is proving to be a costly competition.
Altogether, the nine mayoral hopefuls have spent at least $537,000 in campaign-related expenses, according to reports filed Monday with the City Clerk’s Office.
Most of the money has been spent on advertising, political consultants, yard signs and mailers.
But other expenses include liquor for fund-raisers, pizza for volunteers and gas to get around the campaign trail.
Homebuilder Brian Bahr, who gave his campaign $100,000 plus a $100,000 loan, is leading the pack with nearly $174,000 in expenditures since August.
Bahr, president of Challenger Homes, still has nearly $58,000 cash on hand.
Steve Bach, a commercial real estate broker, has burned through nearly $119,000.
Bach has about $38,000 left in the bank.
Munger, who lent his campaign $67,660, is running on empty.
Although fundraising efforts continue, Munger has only about $6,500 cash on hand.
Businessman Richard Skorman, a former councilman, had spent nearly $88,000 as of Feb. 23.
Skorman’s latest campaign report has not been posted on the city’s website.
Skorman’s campaign spokeswoman, Camille Blakely, said the report was turned in about 4:45 p.m. Monday and that Deputy City Clerk Cindy Conway “said it wouldn’t be scanned until this afternoon.”
When asked whether she could send the report via e-mail, Blakely hesitated but then said she would try.
Defense contractor Buddy Gilmore has spent nearly $45,000. Gilmore is almost entirely funding his own campaign.
With about $75,500 left in the bank, Gilmore could launch a massive effort to reach voters as ballots start to arrive in the mail.
The four other candidates, including Councilman Tom Gallagher, are in a different class when it comes to campaign spending.
The four, who have raised little – if any – money, have spent about $8,500 altogether.