Strong-mayor proponents file financial statements

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Late Friday afternoon, Citizens for Accountable Leadership, the organization funding the push for a strong-mayor form of government, filed a statement of contributions and expenditures for the month of July, as required by law.

The statement showed expenditures of $59,676.26, and contributions of $11,869, the bulk of which consisted of $10,000 from Ronald S. and Susan Johnson. Ronald is the president of Central Bancorp.

The campaign spent about $38,000 on signature collection, all paid to Rocky Mountain Voter Outreach, a Denver firm.

Legal, consulting, public relations, polling, and social media expenses accounted for most of the remaining expenditures.

The organization also received a $46,000 loan, in addition to a $20,000 loan during June.

Campaign spokesman Kevin Walker, who received a $5,480 payment for consulting services on July 19, said that funding for the loans came almost entirely from David and Chris Jenkins, the principal owners of the Norwood group of companies.

In addition, Walker said the effort’s start-up costs, amounting to about $120,000 were also paid for by David and Chris Jenkins.

Click here to view the statement.

4 Responses to Strong-mayor proponents file financial statements

  1. Of course developers are fronting this effort. They would love to get a developer at the helm so they can subsidize growth at taxpayer expense. We don’t need growth to prosper–period.

    Jill
    August 2, 2010 at 12:28 pm

  2. I’m inclined to agreee with Jill, but I don’t know for sure about the last part,growth. Stagnation as it is, I think would be worse. We need to keep the strong mayor who wins to be a man who will pay as much about helping the little man as the big man. I would like to see the mayoral relationship to the city manager stay just the way it is now, but with a council that will give strong meaningful direction and what the boundaries of his/her authoriity are on any given project. I believe that the council should be representatives of non-corporate interests to the degree that the council can bring up subjects and vote on things without being unduly influenced from the inside. If a strong mayor wins out, I think the same things should apply. We need to be able to manage the city properly and I’m not so sure how it has been for the last 10 years or so.
    If this makes any sense to anyone else besides me, please get in touch with me. I’d like to set up some mechanism keeping the system the way it is now. I am not a lawyer. I am aCol, USAf (retired) with aerospace experience at Scrhiver and a small business man after that. I’m not in this to take the job. I jusr want the city to do better. I think EDC needs to be thinking about clean industry, but not just call centers. I would like to see an industry that would be stable because of their work with the military and they pay good money for everyone.
    So, please do contact me at my e-mail address and if there’s enough interest, I’ll do some reseach to find out how yoou go about this. It might be that all you have to do is vote against the strong mayor proposal.

    GeneFinkelstein
    August 2, 2010 at 1:48 pm

  3. Who is behind this proposal? Is it a developer play? This is a citizen-lead effort. It was started by concerned local citizens who have sought significant input from organizations and individuals throughout the process of creating their proposal. Some of Colorado Springs’ top civic and business leaders have been involved from the beginning because they are committed to a more effective form of government that will allow our great city to reach its full potential.

    There are leaders in our community that feel like 10% unemployment is not acceptable. Some of these leaders put money into investigating this and working to put it on the ballot so voters can choose. That’s what leadership is supposed to do. These men are lifelong residents who are worried about the future, looked at the idea, felt the time was right and acted instead of talked. For them, it’s about the future of Colorado Springs.

    Developers are traditionally the risk takers and leaders in the community. If General Palmer and Spencer Penrose were around today, it is likely they would be doing something about this problem, not just talking about it.

    Justin
    August 2, 2010 at 4:13 pm

  4. I think what people need to keep in mind is that Dave and Chris Jenkins are far from being our stereotypical developers. Both have been very active in supporting our local arts community not only financially but through actually sitting on various boards. When USA Cycling, one of our most cherished NGO’s (National Governing Bodies for the Olympics), was looking to move elsewhere guess who quietly helped them out by giving them a whole building? I think to lump Nor’wood and the Jenkins into the same category as some of the developers who’ve made the news lately is unfair. If anything, they’ve quietly been the model for how supporting our local community.

    Don’t let naysayers who know little about what a Strong Mayor system is really about who blindly point fingers. I believe strongly their intentions are in the best interest of a city in desperate need of a strong leader, and we won’t get anyone worth having for $6000 a year. How hard would YOU work for $500 a month? I think considering closing of schools, street lights having to be shut down, we need someone who can grab this bull by the horns. That’s why we need a strong mayor.

    Jon
    August 10, 2010 at 7:34 am