While many legislative campaign funds are shrinking due to working costs and lodging fees, the same can’t be said for Rep. David Balmer and Sen. Brandon Shaffer.
Rep. Balmer, a Republican from Centennial, collected $3,330 last month, with some of the money coming from oil tycoon Bruce Benson.
Sen. Brandon Shaffer, a Democrat from Longmont, received $4,225 in contributions during the same time period. Benson and his wife gave a total of $800 to Balmer. It also appears to be the most recent state-wide contribution that Benson has made since September of last year. A total of twelve people donated to the campaign fund.
Added to the pot were donations from Bret Batchelder, a managing director at Cherokee Investments where Balmer works, and William Armstrong, a former lawmaker and president of Colorado Christian University.
Sen. Shaffer also received notable contributions. Colorado Springs Sen. John Morse gave $100 and Tom Mayer, a Boulder County Commissioner, made a donation of $36. Approximately 40 people gave to the campaign fund, with the majority of them listing their status as retired.
For comparison, Rep. Buffie McFadyen reported a negative balance totaling over a thousand dollars, after spending money on travel and lodging costs.
House Minority Leader Mike May also reported spending a nearly $5,000 for meals and lodging costs, bringing his beginning balance down by approximately $4700.