Indian Peaks Group Hosts Successful Political Fundraiser

by Barry Satlow, IPG Political Chair

The Indian Peaks Group held the most successful political fundraiser in the history of the Sierra Club in Colorado last October. The event raised nearly $5,000 for the group and chapter political programs. The occasion was presentation of the Rocky Mountain Chapter’s highest award, the Columbine Award, to Cong. David Skaggs of Boulder for his years of leadership and service to Colorado’s environment.

Unfortunately Skaggs decided at the last minute to attend the criminal trial of Russian environmental activist Alexander Nikitin and was on his way to Russia, but that did not ruin a good party. Skaggs participated in a spirited presentation by speaker phone, followed by presentation of chapter legislative awards to three Boulder County state legislators, Sen. Terry Phillips of Louisville, Rep. Mark Udall of Boulder, since elected to succeed Skaggs in Congress, and Rep. Paul Zimmerman of Thornton, whose district includes part of eastern Boulder County.

IPG funds from the event paid for three ads in the Daily Camera and handbills that were distributed to voters in key precincts, contributing to a near-sweep locally for Club-endorsed candidates and positions on ballot issues. The chapter’s 1/3 share funded contributions to legislative candidates endorsed by the Club. Because some contributions came in late, both the group and chapter have money left over for the next election.