By Mark Jaffe – The Denver Post – June 3, 2014
The battle over the ballot initiatives to give local government more control oil and gas development is, for the moment, gathering paid consultants – with nearly $1 million spent in the last two weeks.
The most recent campaign finance reports, filed June 2 with the Colorado Secretary of State, don’t show much fund-raising, but they do show cash going out to political operatives.
The campaign committees have already raised more about $5 millionand now they are beginning to spend it.
The single biggest disbursement — $909,000 — went to Pac/WestCommunications, an Oregon-based consultant. It came from the oil and gas industry committee, Protecting Colorado’s Environment,Economy and Energy Independence.
“They are responsible for running the campaign on the ballot initiatives,” said Karen Crummy, a spokeswoman for the industry committee. The committee has raised nearly $3 million and is opposing 10 proposed ballot measures.