Colorado

Oct 28, 2013 9:47 PM by Juice Godfrey

School tax campaign attracting millionaire donors

DENVER (AP) - A ballot question seeking to raise Colorado residents' income taxes to benefit public schools has deep-pocketed support. The campaign in favor of the measure has reported donations of $1 million or more from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates.

The campaign to back the tax hike has now raised more than $10 million. That's according to campaign finance reports posted Monday.

Bloomberg added $1.05 million to the effort and the Gateses contributed $1 million.

The campaign raised $2.54 million in the last two weeks.

The campaign has spent at least $4.5 million to get its message across on TV and radio and knocking on doors.

The tax opposition campaign isn't a traditional campaign committee, making it impossible to gauge what the opposition has spent.

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