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Xcel Energy Has Contributed $456,263 to Anti-Municipalization Efforts


According to election filings made public today, Xcel Energy has contributed almost half a million dollars to two groups fighting Ballot Issues 2B & 2C: the Xcel Energy Issue Committee and the Boulder Smart Energy Coalition (BSEC).  The reports, which show election contributions and expenditures since mid-August, detail where the money comes from and where it goes.

The BSEC, which describes itself as “a citizen group concerned about municipalization and achieving our community’s energy goals,” spent $273,746 since August 17 on election activities.  Total contributions to the group during the same period total $257,884, including a donation of $250,000 from Xcel Energy.  The Xcel Energy Issue Committee, funded entirely by Xcel Energy, has spent $197,367.

David Miller, from the BSEC's latest direct mail piece

In addition to tens of thousands of dollars in advertising expenses, expenditures made by the two groups include payments to David Miller, Chair of the BSEC ($16,113 since August 19th) and the Kenney Group, a Denver PR firm ($72,239).

The pro-2B & 2C group, Citizens for Boulder’s Clean Energy Future, has spent $21,123 so far during the campaign.  The Boulder Smarter Energy Coalition has spent $5,438 and the Campaign for Local Energy has spent $12,476.

Boulder City Council candidates who are following Boulder’s campaign expenditure limits in exchange for city matching funds are limited to spending $15,099 throughout the entire campaign.

The contribution and expenditure filings are available for review at the city’s election website page.  The next expenditure and contribution filing is due October 18.

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