The latest campaign finance reports in the race for Pitkin County sheriff show an extremely lopsided contest, with the incumbent sheriff raising 10 times more money than the challenger.
Incumbent Sheriff Bob Braudis raised more than $16,000 during the last fundraising period, bringing his total fundraising for the campaign to $22,575.
Challenger Rick Magnuson reported $1,170 in fundraising this period, including $1,000 from his own pocket, to bring his total amount raised to $2,161.
Magnuson spent nearly $1,000 this period on newspaper advertising, posters and T-shirts.
Braudis spent $16,700 this period on newspaper and radio ads, posters, buttons, stamps and his Web site. He also paid local musician Jimmy Ibbotson $500 for a tune Ibbotson recorded praising the sheriff that plays when Internet surfers log on to Braudis' Web site.
Of the 86 donations the sheriff received this period, seven came from outside the valley for a total of $1,800, although New York-based CBS News journalist Ed Bradley, who gave the sheriff $250, keeps a home in Woody Creek.
All the donations Magnuson collected this period came from city or county employees, including a donation from Aspen police officer Linda Consuegra for $40.