Fort Collins anti-broadband campaign spends $451,000


9News’ Brandon Rittiman scrutinizes claims in ads by opponents of a broadband ballot issue in Fort Collins. 9News

Fort Collins anti-broadband campaign spends $451,000

Fort Collins voters will decide Nov.

7 whether the city should create a broadband utility.(Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Election spending in opposition to a city broadband proposal has topped £451,000.

Priorities First Fort Collins, which is opposed to ballot Question 2B on the Nov.

7 ballot, reported spending £256,326 on its campaign during the past two weeks, according to documents filed Friday with the City Clerk’s Office.

Question 2B asks voters if the city should establish a high-speed internet utility.

The spending was fueled by a £175,000 donation from the Colorado Cable Television Association. The association, which represents cable companies such as Comcast, previously donated £125,000 to the anti-2B campaign.

Through the first three campaign spending reporting periods, Priorities First Fort Collins spent £451,564, which is £65,564 more than it received in donations.

The spending might be the highest by an issue committee in a Fort Collins municipal election. It surpasses the £397,231 spent by Fort Collins Alliance for Reliable Energy in 2013 to oppose a ballot measure setting a five-year moratorium on fracking within city limits.

Much of Priorities First Fort Collins’ spending was directed to BlueWest Media in Denver for television and radio advertising.

Fact check: Truth-testing Fort Collins broadband ads[1]

The political issue committee has received £85,000 since Oct.

11 from Citizens for a Sustainable Economy, a nonprofit associated with the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce.

Fort Collins Citizens Broadband Committee, which supports establishing municipal broadband, reported spending £3,022 between Oct.

23 and Nov.


It received £3,235, bringing its total contributions to £14,517 since Aug.

11. Its spending has been on printing, Facebook ads and campaign consulting fees.

If voters approve the measure, the decision on establishing a telecommunication utility would come from the City Council. The city could issue up to £150 million in bonds to pay for construction and operation of a fiber-optic network.

The bonds would be backed by fees paid by subscribers.

Final campaign finance reports for the election are due Dec.


Kevin Duggan is a Coloradoan senior reporter covering local government.

Follow him on Twitter, @coloradoan_dugg and on Facebooks at Coloradoan Kevin Duggan.

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