Carbon tax rakes in campaign money |

Carbon tax rakes in campaign money

Ryan Summerlin
Roaring Fork High School students Fiona Laird, left, and Tavia Teitler, recently helped to dedicate the new 385-kilowatt solar array at their school, pictured in the background. The project is one of many intended to help the town reach its 2020 carbon reduction targets. A "climate action tax" that's on the town's April 5 ballot is another step in that effort.
John Stroud | Post Independent

According to the first round of campaign finance reports for the upcoming Carbondale election, the most money raised in a single campaign is backing the proposed tax on utilities through the Climate Action Yes committee.

Climate Action Yes had raised $2,960 and spent $826 as of Monday, the deadline for the first finance reports. The committee had received contributions from 32 individuals and companies – more contributors than any single trustee candidate.

Contributors to Climate Action Yes gave an average of $92.50, but the committee also had some big spenders, including Aspen Skiing Co., which donated $500.

Trustee candidate Dan Richardson has raised and spent the most of anyone seeking a seat on town council. As of Monday he’d raised $1,915 from 19 contributors and spent $1,210.83.

The campaign finance reports show some candidates are raising money for their campaigns while others are depending on their own cash.

So far all the candidates combined have raised $3,675 and spent $3,281.

Out of the eight candidates running for three seats on the board of trustees, only three have been raising money.

Allyn Harvey, the only incumbent in the race; Mike Durant; Wayne Horak; and Doc Philip have all used only their own money for their campaigns. Patricia Warman has neither raised nor spent any money, according to her finance report.

Durant has spent $61.66. Horak has spent $183.60. Philip has spent $250.

Some candidates have also dumped hundreds of their own dollars into their campaigns.

Ben Bohmfalk has received $760 from 15 contributors, and he’s lent his own campaign $650. He’s spent $615.31.

Harvey has spent $569.79 on his campaign.

Richardson has contributed $500 to his own campaign.

Seven contributors pitched into Marty Silverstein’s campaign, including Silverstein himself spending $300. He’s raised a total of $800 and spent $390.

Other than SkiCo, a few local companies have also supported some campaigns. Distinguished Boards and Beams contributed $100 to Richardson’s campaign and $100 to Climate Action Yes.

Sunsense Solar gave Climate Action Yes $250.

Richardson also received $100 from Terralink Structures and $50 from A Plus Accounting.

Land+Shelter Architecture gave Richardson’s and Bohmfalk’s campaigns $100 each. Gavin Brooke, who chairs Carbondale’s planning commission, is the founder and principal of Land+Shelter.

Of the current trustees, Pam Zentmyer contributed $100 and Frosty Merriott gave $50 to Richardson’s campaign.

Zentmyer also contributed $200 to the Climate Action Yes, and Merriott gave the committee $100.

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