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Broomfield oil and gas ballot issue 301 attracts big money - 2017

Updated: Apr 30, 2021

Campaign contributions (monetary and in-kind donations) Ballot issue 301 • Broomfield Health and Safety First a project of LOGIC: Contributions: $7,013.93, mostly individual donations from $5 to $100 • Vote No on 301, Don’t Let Them Divide Broomfield: Contributions: $344,686.50, including $214,661.50 from Colorado Petroleum Council and $100,000 from Vital for Colorado Mayor • Randy Ahrens: Contributions, $20,224.94 • T.J. Cole: Contributions: $6,121.75 Ward 1 • James Marsh-Holschen: Contributions: $17,333.76 • Elizabeth Law-Evans: Contributions: $8,266.12 Ward 2 • Sharon Tessier: Did not collect contributions Ward 3 • Rick Fernandez: Contributions: $17,959.56 • Deven Shaff: Contributions: $13,470.90 Ward 4 • Jason Anderson: Contributions: $2,046.28 • Brian Devine: Contributions: $4,885.56 • Kimberly Groom: Contributions: $5,616 • Susan Speece: Contributions: $8,638.87 Ward 5 • Guyleen Castriotta: Contributions: $10,818.74 • Grayson Hofferber: Did not collect contributions • Karl Honegger: Contributions:$5,051.83 To see reports:

The Vote No on 301, Don’t Let Them Divide Broomfield campaign against ballot issue 301 has garnered more than $344,000 in monetary and in-kind donations leading up to the Nov. 7 election.

That amount includes $214,661.50 from the Colorado Petroleum Council and $100,000 from Vital for Colorado, a group that supports oil and gas development and opposes “patchwork” regulations.

By contrast, Broomfield Health and Safety First a project of LOGIC, that is for ballot issues 301, has gathered approximately $7,000 in monetary and in-kind donations. The cash donations primarily are from individuals who contributed from $5 to $100 apiece.

Ballot issue 301, a proposed amendment to Broomfield’s Home Rule Charter, would emphasize the city’s commitment to the health, safety and welfare safety for Broomfield residents when considering the presence of industrial operations — especially oil and gas — within city limits.

The ballot issue has attracted far more money than the $125,253 total raised by all candidates put together.

Of the 14 candidates running for mayor or city council, incumbent mayor Randy Ahrens raised the most money with $19,475 in donations and about $650 in non-monetary, or “in-kind,” donations.

Sharon Tessier, running unopposed in Ward 2, and Grayson Hofferber, running against two others in Ward 5, have not accepted any donations, according to the first round of campaign finance reports, which were due Oct. 17.

Karen Nelson, listed as the registered agent for the Vote No on 301, Don’t Let Them Divide Broomfield, reported $100,000 received from Vital for Colorado as the only itemized contribution as of the reporting deadline. An additional $139,661 was listed as in-kind donations from the Colorado Petroleum Council. The description of those donations included direct mail, phone outreach, polling, data, digital outreach and online advertising.

Then on Oct. 18, the Vote No on 301 committee reported receiving $20,000 from the Colorado Economic Leadership Fund, $75,000 from the Colorado Petroleum Council, and $10,000 from Protecting Colorado’s Environment, Economy and Energy Independence.

Even though it was after the initial Oct. 17 deadline for campaign finance reporting, the Oct. 18 donations were required to be reported to the election division.

Any donation of $1,000 or more is considered a major contribution and must be filed with the clerk’s office within 24 hours, said Broomfield City and County Clerk Jim Candelarie. The requirement is statewide.

Protecting Colorado’s Environment, Economy and Energy Independence is an issue committee that lists Katie Kennedy as a registered agent.

Kennedy also is the registered agent for Broomfield for a Stronger Economy, an independent expenditure committee with a stated goal of electing pro-business candidates running for Broomfield city council, regardless of party affiliation.

That group reported zero donations and expenditures for the reporting period.

Kennedy works for Strategic Compliance, LLC, a Connecticut-based consulting firm that assists alternative investment firms with a wide array of regulatory compliance and operational issues.

On Wednesday, several more donations came in for Ward 3 candidates Deven Shaff and Rick Fernandez and Karl Honegger, as well. Fernandez received $1,500 from Metro Housing Coalition; Shaff received $1,000 each from two residents and Honegger received $1,500 from Citizens for Broomfield.

Independent expenditure committees can accept contributions from individuals, political parties, political committees, small donor committees, candidate committees, other IECs, businesses (including corporations), labor unions, federal political action committees, and federal 527s. Contributions from out-of-state also are allowed.

Citizens for Broomfield, which raised $6,100 in monetary donations, has given about half of that amount to two council candidates: $1,000 to Kimberly Groom, running for Ward 4, and $2,900 to Karl Honegger, running for Ward 5.

Benny Vagher, registered agent for the political committee, reported $65 in “in-kind” donations. He filed the committee with Broomfield Sept. 1.

Their intent is to “support conservative and oppose progressive minded candidates for elected office,” according to the filing.

No data was filed from Citizens for a Safe and Healthy Broomfield, an issue committee created to support Ballot Issue 301. Aurora Lee filed the committee Oct. 9; John Ashley is listed as an agent on the campaign finance report.

Several candidates — including Honegger who accepted nearly $900 from more than half a dozen people in the industry — accepted donations from employees of petroleum and oil and gas companies.

Alexis Marsh, wife of candidate James Holschen-Marsh, is named as the registered agent for the issue committee Broomfield Health and Safety First a project of LOGIC Action.

The committee raised $2,825 in contributions and about $4,189 in non-monetary donations, largely for graphic design work, consultant services and items for the Broomfield Days Parade.

The next batch of campaign finance reports are due the Friday before the Nov. 7 election. Final reports are due 30 days after the election.

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