It’s hardly surprising that someone from the Andrea Merida (btw, she’s a donor to Sirota) and Guerin Green anti-reform gang would turn out to be a hypocrite, but this report on Emily Sirota’s campaign event is pretty brazen.
He did so just a few minutes after remarks from Denver City Auditor Dennis Gallagher, another Sirota supporter, who lamented “all the outside money and all the outside influences” coming into the DPS races.
Sirota’s campaign has ranted and raved about “outside money” and various conspiracies and such. But a great report from Ed News today shows that it’s actually Sirota who is the one taking outside money in this campaign.
The endorsement by Schweitzer is hardly the only out-of-state influence at play in the campaigns for three of seven board seats, for which mail ballots are now in the hands of voters.
There’s also the money.
Sirota on Tuesday reported having raised $57,962 in monetary contributions through the reporting period ending Oct. 6. Slightly over $20,000 came from more than 80 addresses outside Colorado. At least six of those donors were members either of her family or that of her husband, radio talk show host David Sirota.
But a single $5,000 check came to Sirota from Leo Hindery, managing partner of InterMedia Partners, a New York-based media industry private equity fund. Sirota also received five additional checks from outside Colorado of $1,000 to $1,500 – including one from a family member.
Sirota’s money comes from two places: out of state interests and the local teachers union. Contrast that with her opponent who has actual support from Denver:
“Ninety-five percent of the people donating to my campaign live in Denver, Colorado,” said Rowe, who had 256 individual contributors. “I am honored to have the support of so many different citizens who care so much about moving public education forward in Denver.”
Rowe’s campaign calculated that 60 percent of her $176,320 in contributions came from people within the southeast Denver district that she and Sirota both hope to represent.