Base 2 backers far outraise opponents ahead of Nov. election

Oct 27, 2015


A potential hotel on the corner of Monarch and Main Streets in Aspen is at the center of the most heated local election issue. The issue committee backing Base Two lodge has far outraised its opponents.
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In a matter of a month, the issue committee backing Base 2 lodge on the fall ballot has spent nearly $30,000. Election groups filed their final campaign finance reports with the City of Aspen on Tuesday (10/27). 

Citizens for Aspen Alive is working to get people to vote yes on Question 2A. It would allow developer Mark Hunt’s Base 2 lodge to be built on the corner of Monarch and Main streets. Hunt’s the lone contributor to the issue committee, spending $50,000 of his own money on things like mailers, newspaper advertising, t-shirts, pizza and beer.

The committee against Base 2 raised a fraction of what its opponents brought in. Vote No on Base 2 amassed a total of $5200 in October. They’ve spent nearly $5000 on newspaper ads, mailing materials and voter lists. Aspen resident Steve Goldenberg contributed the most: $2500. Aspen City councilman Bert Myrin also donated. 

Tuesday marks the deadline for committees registered with the City to fundraise. The election is November 3rd.