Vail Town Council candidate spending starts at zero |

Vail Town Council candidate spending starts at zero

Big, little spenders

As of Nov. 1:

  • Dale Bugby raised the most money in his run for Vail Town Council — more than $9,600.
  • Susie Tjossem has neither raised or spent any money.
  • Meighen Lovelace didn’t report any contributions, and has spend less than $120
  • Dave Chapin didn’t report any contributions, and has spent about $400.

Source: Town of Vail.

VAIL — Some of the people suing the town of Vail over its plans for the golf course clubhouse have put more than $6,000 into the campaigns of two candidates.

As of the state’s Nov. 1 reporting deadline for campaign contributions and expenses, candidate Dale Bugby, perhaps the most vocal critic of the council’s plans for the golf course, has received $3,300 from three people involved in the lawsuit Vail Golf Club neighbors have filed against the town.

Bugby has a fairly long list of donors in addition to the golf course opponents, and he’s raised more than $9,000 so far, including a loan to his own campaign of nearly $900. Bugby has spent that money on items ranging from lawn signs to a list of voters.

Fellow council candidate Sounia Nejad Chaney had received $3,000 in campaign contributions from two people involved in the suit. Virtually all of Nejad Chaney’s contributions have come from those sources. Like the other candidates, she’s spent those contributions on printing and advertising, as well as professional photography and a series of “meet and greet” events in Vail and at the Avon Walmart.

In addition to those individual contributions, a group calling itself “Citizens for Responsible Government” has run five full-page ads in the Vail Daily over the past three days, both criticizing the current council and supporting Bugby, Nejad Chaney and fellow candidate Dave Chapin. As of Monday afternoon, that group had not registered with the Colorado Secretary of State’s office, an apparent violation of state campaign finance laws.

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Other candidates’ financial reports showed lesser amounts of both contributions and spending.

Starting at the bottom, incumbent Susie Tjossem has neither raised nor spent any money. Tjossem said she’s using her yard signs from 2009 and has been using email to reach out to voters.

Tjossem said she’s actually returned checks from supporters.

“I don’t want to feel obligated to anyone,” she said.

Candidate Meighen Lovelace also reported no money raised. Her Nov. 1 report showed less than $120 in spending on yard signs and flyers.

Chapin also didn’t report any contributions and $403 in spending at Rocky Mountain Reprographics for campaign signs and similar materials.

Jenn Bruno’s Nov. 1 report showed she had raised $1,500 and spent $1,103, primarily on printing costs for signs, postcards and other campaign material.

Besides Bugby and Nejad Chaney, the best-funded candidate is incumbent Greg Moffet. His Nov. 1 report showed $1,850 in contributions, as well as $758 on hand from his 2011 campaign. No spending was reported for the period, but Moffet said that will show up on the final report, due later this year.

“I put (campaign expenses) on my credit card and the bill hasn’t come yet,” he said.

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