As the war over ballot measures aimed at giving local government control over oil and gas drilling heats up, millions of dollars are already flowing into the battle.
More than $5 million has been raised by issue committees on both sides of the measures, according to campaign finance reports filed Monday with the Colorado Secretary of State.
Committees opposing the ballot questions — backed by the energy industry and other economic interests — raised 2½ times more money than was gathered by supporters of the dozen measures.
“We know we are going to be outspent 5-to-1,” said Nick Passanante, campaign director for Coloradans for Safe and Clean Energy, which supports the measures.
“But this is not about money,” Passanante said. “We have the right message.”
Passanante’s committee received a $1.45 million donation from Coloradans for Local Control, a group backed by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, a Boulder Democrat.
Coloradans for Local Control is supporting nine of the ballot initiatives.
The committee that raised the most money — $2.98 million — was Protecting Colorado’s Environment, Economy and Energy, which opposes the ballot measures.