#COpolitics campaign cash: June 18 edition

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It’s the last filing day before the June 26 primary.

We wrote over at Colorado Independent today what the gubernatorial candidates are spending on TV, and what their super PACs report spending.

Here are some other gubernatorial observations as the reports trickle in:

  • Republican businessman (and multimillionaire) Victor Mitchell put another $1 million into his gubernatorial kitty, according to major contributor reports.
  • Democratic Congressman (and multimillionaire) Jared Polis put another $725,000 into his account, bringing his total to more than $11 million.
  • Republican Treasurer Walker Stapleton put $450,000 into his effort.
  • Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper donated the maximum $1,150 to Democratic Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne, former treasurer Cary Kennedy and former state Sen. Mike Johnston. We expect to see a $100 donation to Polis. (That’s the max he’ll take.)

Polis has put more than $11 million into his campaign, which is about what outside spenders put into the 2014 general election for governor. So there’s that.

Mitchell raised less than $9,000 from others, but loaned his campaign $900,000 on June 13 or before. He put another $100,000 in last Friday. His total loans come in at about $5 million.

GOP Treasurer Walker Stapleton put more than $462,000 into his campaign, and has nearly $485,000 yet to spend.

Meanwhile, Kennedy raised more than $118,000 in the last couple of weeks, bringing her total take to more than $2 million. She still has about $104,000 in the bank.

Johnston brought in nearly $95,000, bringing his total to $2.3 million. He has nearly $304,000 left.

Lynne raised nearly $27,000 and has nearly $115,000. She’s on TV for the final push.

Republican businessman Doug Robinson raised less than $11,000, and has only about $66,000 in the bank for the next week.

Former Parker Mayor Greg Lopez raised less than $4,000, but he only spent $685, so  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.  He has about $19,000 still in the bank. And he’s loaned his campaign a total of $29,000.


Democrat Bernie Douthit wins the race for filing first among candidates for treasurer (10:03 p.m.), but probably not for fundraising. He brought in less than $1,200, though he still has about $12,000 to spend.

Democratic state Rep. Dave Young raised nearly $12,000 and has nearly $25,000.

On the GOP side, businessman Brian Watson brought in less than $2,000, but he also loaned his campaign another $302,000. That brings his total investment to more than $482,000.

State Rep. Polly Lawrence raised nearly $12,000 and has about $30,000 in cash. She also loaned her campaign nearly $30,000, bringing her total investment to more than $205,000.

And state Rep. Justin Everett loaned his campaign $32,000 before the filing deadline and $32,000 after the deadline. That was a boost to his June 13 cash balance of about $4,300.

Attorney general

Democrat and former law school dean Phil Weiser raised nearly $38,000, and has $116,000 on hand. But he’s already paid for nearly $600,000 in TV ads.

His opponent, state Rep. Joe Salazar raised nearly $8,200 and has about $23,000 in cash.

Republican nominee and Arapahoe District Attorney George Brauchler brought in less than $9,000, but has more than $200,000 on hand.

Secretary of state

Democratic challenger Jena Griswold continues to outraise incumbent Republican Wayne Williams. She brought in nearly $26,000, while Williams raised nearly $13,000. Griswold has more than $248,000 in the bank, compared with Williams’  nearly $113,000 in cash.


OK, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg really likes Mike Johnston. He put another $1 million into Frontier Fairness, the super PAC supporting Johnston. That brings Bloomberg’s total to $2 million.

Frontier Fairness brought in nearly $1.4 million and spent $2.6 million on Johnston’s behalf. The group still has about $674,000 in the bank for the final push.

The Colorado Sierra Club Independent expenditure committee received $600,000 from – wait for it – the national Sierra Club. They say the cash came from their members and donors. We say that’s dark money if you can’t tell exactly where it came from. The group spent nearly $489,000 on ads and mailers supporting Polis.

Bold Colorado, the super PAC supporting Polis, received another $100,000 from the Gay & Lesbian Fund, a federal super PAC. UPDATE: We’ve checked out spending from the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund’s PAC, and they haven’t disclosed spending for Polis’ campaign. So it’s likely this money came from the affiliated nonprofit, and would be classified as dark money.

Beyond Broadway, a cannabis business, gave $25,000. Bold spent more than $255,000 and ended with nearly $34,000 in cash.

Teachers for Kennedy brought in $19,100, but spent nearly $464,000 supporting Kennedy and opposing Polis and Johnston. The group has nearly $73,000 left, but there’s also more money where their previous teacher union/women’s groups cash came from.

Better Colorado Now, one of the groups supporting GOP Treasurer Walker Stapleton’s gubernatorial bid, reports $70,000 in donations, including $50,000 from Liberty Oil Field Services.

The group donated $150,000 to Real Colorado Conservatives, another super PAC. Real Colorado Conservatives spent nearly $181,000 on mailers opposing Mitchell.

And Coloradans for Fiscal Responsibility reported spending nearly $161,000 on TV and other ads supporting Stapleton. That group received $300,000 from nonprofit Colorado Taxpayers’ Advocate Fund in May. That group isn’t required to divulge its donors.

Here’s a table tracking candidates in statewide races.

OfficeCandidatePartyRaised May 31 - June 13Total RaisedTotal SpentCash on handLoansSelf-Funding
GovernorMichael JohnstonDemocrat$94,847$2,312,583$2,008,677$303,906
GovernorCary KennedyDemocrat$118,443$2,006,979$1,903,661$103,518
GovernorGreg LopezRepublican$3,860$32,729$42,949$18,780$29,000
GovernorDonna LynneDemocrat $26,629 $1,084,602 $970,400 $114,679 $161,150
GovernorVictor MitchellRepublican$8,760$66,385$4,653,335 $221,753$4,807,701
GovernorJared PolisDemocrat$731,241$11,498,806$10,814,450$670,837$11,275,775
GovernorDoug RobinsonRepublican$10,600$503,647$737,994$65,653$300,000
GovernorWalker StapletonRepublican$513,757$2,125,921 $1,637,472$484,652$10,000$837,011
Attorney GeneralGeorge BrauchlerRepublican$7,570$359,313$150,998$207,165
Attorney GeneralJoe SalazarDemocrat$8,157$122,663$98,995$23,468
Attorney GeneralPhil WeiserDemocrat $37,904 $1,504,204 $1,239,253 $116,206
Secretary of StateJena GriswoldDemocrat$25,980$363,069$104,460 $258,265
Secretary of StateWayne WilliamsRepublican$12,804$175,173$61,195$112,683
TreasurerBernard DouthitDemocrat$1,166$53,351$66,773 $15,828$30,000$5,601
TreasurerJustin EverettRepublican$1,381$67,227$92,585$4,285$32,000$15,048
TreasurerPolly LawrenceRepublican$11,780$386,617$30,059$205,373
TreasurerBrian WatsonRepublican$1,950$383,207$711,661$3,406$432,000$50,167
TreasurerDavid YoungDemocrat$13,488$100,301$71,221$24,580

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