Fundraising for Trump portrait at Colo. Capitol is finally underway
Author: Marianne Goodland - July 31, 2018 - Updated: August 1, 2018
After international news poked fun at a prankster’s placement of a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin at the state Capitol last week, Senate Republican President Kevin Grantham of Cañon City has initiated an effort to raise the $10,000 necessary to commission a portrait of President Donald Trump.
Grantham is spearheading the fundraising through a GoFundMe.com account. It has so far raised $390 from seven donors, all in about two hours on Tuesday. The first $100 came from Grantham.
Last Thursday a prankster set up an easel with a portrait of the Russian president in the Capitol rotunda’s third-floor hall of presidential portraits. Putin’s portrait was placed right below the spot where a portrait of Trump will be hung someday. A photo of the stunt, taken by an aide to Democratic Sen. Steve Fenberg of Boulder, immediately went viral after Fenberg tweeted it out.
— Steve Fenberg (@SteveFenberg) July 26, 2018
“If only I got this much press for my bills last session…” Fenberg later tweeted.
In a video linked on the fundraising page, Grantham said, “We’re going to take the reins on this and raise the $10,000 necessary to put up President Donald J. Trump’s portrait in the hall of portraits right here in the Capitol rotunda of the Colorado State Capitol.”
Presidential portraits are not paid for by the taxpayers. Instead, they’re funded by private donations routed through Colorado Citizens for Culture. But as of last week, Jay Seller, the group’s president, said not one donation had been received for a Trump portrait.
Grantham noted that the portrait of President Barack Obama was funded by just one person. But for “a populist president … the grassroots, the everyday citizens of Colorado, should have a part in this,” he said.