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No Trump portrait yet at Colorado Capitol? How about Putin?

Author: Marianne Goodland - July 26, 2018 - Updated: July 29, 2018

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U.S. President Donald Trump, second from left, gives a statement as Russian President Vladimir Putin, second from right, looks on and translators take notes at the beginning of a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland on July 16. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

An unidentified prankster put up a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Colorado state Capitol Thursday, near the spot where a portrait of President Donald Trump would go — if anyone cared to donate the money to have the portrait made.

The portrait gallery of the state Capitol on the building’s third floor holds the likeness of the 44 presidents before Trump. Those portraits aren’t paid for by taxpayers; they’re paid for by donations to Colorado Citizens for Culture, at a cost of around $10,000.

But 18 months into the Trump administration, Jay Seller, the organization’s president, said he has yet to see even one donation for the Trump portrait.

An aide to Democratic Sen. Steve Fenberg of Boulder noticed the Putin portrait and snapped a photo, which Fenberg later tweeted out. Fenberg told Colorado Politics he wasn’t in the building at the time and his aide did not see who set up the Putin portrait.  But it definitely isn’t photoshopped…

President Barack Obama’s portrait was unveiled a little more than two years after his inauguration, in May 2011.

Marianne Goodland

Marianne Goodland

Marianne Goodland is the chief legislative reporter for Colorado Politics. She's covered the Colorado General Assembly for 20 years, starting off in 1998 with the Silver & Gold Record, the editorially-independent newspaper at CU that was shuttered in 2009. She also writes for six rural newspapers in northeastern Colorado. Marianne specializes in rural issues, agriculture, water and, during election season, campaign finance. In her free time (ha!) she lives in Lakewood with her husband, Jeff; a cantankerous Shih-Tzu named Sophie; and Gunther the cat. She is also an award-winning professional harpist.