Stock Show Campaign Raked In $1.5 Million

<p>(Credit: Parsons Brikerhoff)</p>
<p>Rendering of a proposed trade show/exhibition hall at the National Western Stock Show grounds in Northwest Denver.</p>

The campaign to finance a remake of the National Western Stock Show complex in Denver spent more than all the other campaigns in the city combined.

More than $1.5 million was raised for ballot question 2C, which passed by 30 percentage points. It extends a tourist tax and approves borrowing to help finance a rebuild of the aging Stock Show complex and surrounding neighborhoods.

Chart: Spending on 2c (STAFF)

Billionaire philanthropist Pat Stryker was among the biggest individual contributors for the campaign. She’s a longtime supporter of CSU, which will have a campus at the Stock Show site. Construction companies like Saunders Construction and Kiewit were also near the top of the list.

Raising sales taxes for college scholarships was the only measure to fail in Denver last week. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg contributed $150,000 to support that ballot question.