Like much of the rhetoric surrounding next month's Denver Public Schools school board election
, the nine candidates are roughly split when it comes to who's funding their campaigns. The four so-called reform candidates have received big checks from Phil Anschutz, Daniel Ritchie and DaVita CEO Kent Thiry and his wife. Former lieutenant governor Barbara O'Brien leads the pack, having raised $173,324.
The non-reformers have gotten a mix of monetary and non-monetary support from the teachers' union.