No donations, few expenditures in race for Rifle City Council
Joe Elliott $152
Annick Pruett $0
Aaron Flesch $485
Ed Green $0
Theresa Hamilton $0
Brent Buss $329
Dana Wood $0
Collectively, the seven candidates running for Rifle City Council are not exactly emptying their bank accounts or raking in donations in the race for the five available seats, expenditure data filed last week revealed.
None of the candidates reported receiving donations and a majority reported no expenditures in their reports filed with the city clerk Aug. 18. Of the candidates who reported expenditures, Aaron Flesch spent the most.
Flesch, owner of Aaron’s Heating and Cooling, reported spending $410 on yard signs from a company called Sign Rocket based in St. Paul Park, Minnesota. He also spent an additional $75 on photographs from Brenda Brandenburg of Rifle.
In addition to the first report, Flesch submitted his second contribution and expenditure report in advance, which is permitted, said City Clerk Lisa Hamilton. Flesch reported no expenditures or donations for the reporting period ending Sept. 4. He will have to amend the report if he receives any donations or spends any money between now and then, Hamilton said.
Brent Buss, owner of Thrifty Thrills in Glenwood Springs and Rifle, reported the second highest spending at $329 for 50 yard signs from a company called imprint.com based in Houston.
The only candidate who failed to file a report last week was Councilor Joe Elliott — the only incumbent in the race. Reached by phone Tuesday, Elliott said he had spent $152 on T-shirts, candy and other materials for the Garfield County Fair parade. He filed a report matching the $152 figure Wednesday afternoon.
Asked why he filed his report late, Elliott said he has had some medical issues that have taken up his time.
The error could prove costly. The Colorado Campaign Finance Act requires a $50 per day penalty be levied for failing to file reports on time. Attorney Jim Neu said the city does not have any campaign spending regulations, but he declined to comment on state laws addressing the issue.
If required to, Elliott said he would pay a penalty.
Candidates will have to file one more expenditure and contribution report before the ballots are counted Sept. 8.
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