A Candidate’s Fundraising Multiplier

State and County Parties: A Candidate’s Fundraising Multiplier

You know me. I’m the former Republican State Representative from House District 17, the Colorado Springs Swing seat. There’s something almost expected, and annoying, about winning and losing in a Swing seat. It’s difficult to fundraise when the odds are against you. Trust me when I say that it is not enough to have vision and tenacity; it also takes strategy.

As a former candidate, I would like to share how important it is for you to support your El Paso County Republicans and Colorado GOP. For me, the Colorado GOP and the El Paso County Republican party were force multipliers in my campaign. I know they spent money on my campaign as well as in other races, but the resources they bring were more than I could have done on my own with individual contributions. First, let’s start with the law, which defines contribution limits.

Under the Colorado Campaign Finance laws, candidates seeking county and state offices are subject to campaign contribution limits. For a state representative election, the contribution limit is $400 per person and $800 per couple. From small donor committees, these same candidates can receive up to $4,850. The total a candidate can receive from state and county parties, in some combination, cannot exceed $15,975 to candidate. Colorado Campaign Finance Contribution Limits

Now, let me show you why these numbers matter.  As you can see in the chart below, a candidate could receive $800 from a couple, $4,850 from a small donor committee, and then receive another $15,975 contribution from their party.  A candidate, as show in the chart, given the max from all three (Colorado GOP and El Paso County are splitting the $15,975 in the chart example), can receive up to $21,625.  The couple contribution of $800 is 3.59% of the total contribution of $21,625. So I ask, are you really helping your candidate by just giving to them only?

Example Years – Candidate Maximum Receipt of Campaign Contributions

You, as a donor can give to all three organizations for your candidate: to the candidate, to a small donor committee, and the Colorado GOP and El Paso County Republican party organizations.  You, as an individual, can give $50 (annually) to your small donor committee, $400 to your candidate, $3,650 to El Paso County Republican party, and in this combination, no more than $3,050 to the Colorado GOP. That is $7,150 to help your candidate, compared to just $400.

If you are a couple, you can donate $100 (annually) to your small donor committee, $800 to your candidate, $7,300 to El Paso County Republicans, and in this combination, no more than $3,050 to the Colorado GOP. That is $11,250 to help your candidate, compared to just $800.

Colorado GOP and El Paso County Republican parties do have more than one candidate to support along with overhead operational costs, but they still have the ability to spend money more effectively over all candidates. For example, campaign walkers handing out literature door-to-door can cover all the districts, where your candidate may not be able to raise money to afford the walkers at all. Another example is phone banks. El Paso County and Colorado GOP can put money into phone banks and callers, where your candidate may not have enough money for the phone banks, even if the candidate has the volunteers. The El Paso County and Colorado GOP may be able to put up signs for your candidate, where the candidate may not have the volunteers or tools and resources to put signs up. By printing campaign literature for numerous candidates, the cost of printing can be significantly less and the candidate can afford to spend resources on other means of communication with potential voters. These are just a few basic examples of how contributing to El Paso County Republicans and the Colorado GOP can positively impact your candidate’s election. As a candidate, these resources were profoundly important to me.

So, how is that money spent to win elections?  All contributions and expenses are reported to the Secretary of State’s office and provided to the public for their scrutiny in the TRACER system.  Here is the link in case you want to look it over. Colorado Secy of State TRACER system

Remember, there are outside sources that will spend money on a candidate, either for or against. You will see them in TRACER. These are 527 committees. The rules are different for them. Your candidate has absolutely no connection or control over what these committees do with their resources. You can contribute to the 527 committee of your choice, but do not hold your candidate accountable for how the money is spent.

Repeatedly, I came to trust and rely on the multiplier effect of the El Paso County Republican party and the Colorado GOP in my campaigns. I know we won in 2014 because of their engagement. Together, we increased the number of voters for me in the 2016 election significantly, tightening the race outcome.

Today, I ask that you re-think your strategy in how you will support your candidates in 2018. I ask that you seriously consider contributing to your El Paso County Republicans and the Colorado GOP as part of your political campaign contribution strategy. We need a force multiplier in our elections, and this is how it can be done. This is how you can truly get your candidate elected!  So contribute.  Here are the links and I thank you very much for your generous contributions: El Paso County Republicans  and Colorado GOP

Commissioner Redistricting

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The proposed plans maintain community of interest for school districts, wildfire and flood protection, transportation, and military populations and use natural and man-made boundaries to define community of interest.
 
Plan 1 has minimal changes, adding one precinct to Commissioner Dist 3, moves three precincts, and equalizes the populations evenly. It takes into account today’s number of voters and nothing about growth. We may see another redistricting plan in two years. If you don’t mind going through this again sooner than later, this is the choice for you.
 
Plan 2 is as you say, very similar to Plan 1 but it has some changes and accounts for some growth with which precincts are affected. This plan has the districts a bit closer in population and may be usable for up to four years. If you want to account for modest growth, this is the plan for you. 
 
Plan 3 has the most changes with a decrease in the number of voters in Districts 1 and 3. The plan anticipates growth will continue and overcome the decrease by election time, making all districts equal in size. It also assumes to be usable up to four years, if not longer. If you think this is the best option to plan ahead, then vote for this plan.
 
The Democrats’ plans redraw the two commissioner districts based on the number of Democrat voters. I attended the Commissioner meeting to start the public input. I was also at the public hearings in 2009 and 2010 for the redrawing of House District 18. It includes Manitou Springs, downtown Colorado Springs and extends out to almost Academy Blvd. The only common component in that district is the number of Democrats. There is no community of interest between Manitou Springs population, downtown Colorado Springs population and Academy Blvd population besides party affiliation, which is what I said when I testified against the new district 18 boundaries. They are attempting the same thing with Commissioner Districts 3 and 5, making them more Democrat in population, that being what they define as a community of interest and nothing more.
 

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Commission pure GOP

The Gazette l Matt Steiner

Democrats will likely have to wait at least until the next election to crack the Board of El Paso County Commissioners.

By 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Republicans appeared to have a chokehold on both contested commissioner races. Longinos Gonzalez in District 4 and District 3’s Stan VanderWerf both held early leads, although one Democrat made a significant push to threaten the conservative status quo that has dominated county leaderhip since the early 1970s.

Electra Johnson held onto more than 46 percent of the District 3 vote aginst Vanderwerf’s 53 percent with more than two-thirds of the tally reported. She didn’t expect to close the gap before the night was through but said she is “not done yet.”

“My opponent can do nothing and still win in this county,” said Johnson, who previously commented to The Gazette that all VanderWerf needed was an “‘R’ next to his name.”

“What we’ve done is made it hurt,” she said. “We’ve run a hell of a campaign. Just wait until the next election cycle.”

Johnson said she and her workers sent out 65,000 mailers and knocked on 35,000 doors since she joined the race in the spring.

VanderWerf, who ran on a platform that includes boosting the local economy and a continued focus on disaster recovery and planning, exuded confidence during a campaign night party at the Antlers Hotel in downtown Colorado Springs. But the retired U.S. Air Force officer refused to call the race over.

“It’s not called yet, but the numbers look good,” he said, pointing to his almost 5,000 vote lead at 9 p.m.

Vanderwerf said Johnson put up a good fight noting that, “She motivated her base and she brought a lot of people into her campaign.”

Gonzalez was also tentative about claiming victory after the early returns despite his holding more than 63.5 percent of the vote over Democrat Liz Rosenbaum in District 4.

Gonzalez had dinner at a local restaurant with friends and was on his way to the Antlers when he did a phone interview with The Gazette. He said his dinner mates poked fun at his outward display of nerves despite his lead.

“My friends were laughing a little bit because I kept checking my phone,” he said. “My hands kept shaking.”

At one point in early 2016, more than a dozen candidates had joined the fight for the three open commissioner seats. That mix was whittled to just five competitors after the June 28 primaries.

Gonzalez defeated Scott Turner by 33 votes in one Republican primary after Turner demanded a recount. And VanderWerf defeated Karen Cullen with more than 56 percent of the vote in the District 3 Republican primary.

Waller won by the largest margin in the primaries, bumping Tim Geitner in a heated race in which Geitner accused Waller of dishonest campaign practices. Waller’s victory paved the way to assume the District 2 seat early after Amy Lathen resigned in early July to become the executive director of the nonprofit Colorado Springs Forward.

Rosenbaum and Johnson were uncontested in their Democratic primary elections. A Democrat has not been elected to the Board of County Commissioners since Stan Johnson won the District 1 seat in 1970.

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