Here we go again, today and every two weeks until the general election, following fundraising by key Colorado state political contests.
This post will be updated all day, so keep hitting refresh. The reports cover contributions and spending from July 28 through Aug. 29.
Here we go…
Democratic Congressman Jared Polis put another $5.5 million into his campaign, bringing his total investment to nearly $18.4 million. The campaign spent $4.8 million in August, most of it on TV ads, and ends with $2 million in cash.
Republican Walker Stapleton raised more than $345,000 in the last month, including $50,000 from the state GOP. The state party has put $130,000 into his campaign thus far. His biggest spending was on signs, and he has more than $555,000 in cash to spend.
On the super PAC side, the Republican Governors Association state-level independent spending committee took in $1.3 million from the national RGA. The group spent more than $1.2 million on TV and digital ads attacking Polis and supporting Stapleton.
Bold Colorado, the group supporting Polis during primary season, took in $145,000 in the past month and donated $140,000 to Good Jobs Colorado.
Good Jobs Colorado is taking up where Bold Colorado left off, raising more than $1.1 million in the past month. Good Jobs reported spending nearly $989,000, almost all of it on TV advertising.
Democrat Phil Weiser, a law professor specializing in technology and former Obama administration employee, raised more than $356,000 and has nearly $310,000 in cash. Also, Weiser has booked $250,000 worth of TV ads for late October based on FCC contracts.
Republican District Attorney George Brauchler brought in nearly $117,000, and has nearly $311,000 in cash.
Colorado Freedom, the super PAC supporting Brauchler, added another nearly $400,000 from the Republican Attorneys General Association, bringing the total raised to just more than $1 million, all from the RAGA. And all that’s been spent, mostly on TV and digital ads supporting Brauchler.
Meanwhile, Justice Colorado/DAGA Lawyer’s Project, the group supporting Democratic law professor Phil Weiser, listed receipts of nearly $125,000 – none of it from the Democratic Attorneys General Association. Most of the donors are Colorado lawyers. The group spent more than $3,200 on fundraising.
Secretary of State
Democrat Jena Griswold raised nearly $163,000 last month as she takes on incumbent Republican Secretary of State Wayne Williams. Her campaign has more than $78,000 in the bank going into this month.
Williams raised only a little more than $45,000, but has nearly $160,000 in cash.
But keep in mind that Griswold has booked $441,000 worth of TV ads for late October.
Republican Brian Watson raised $46,346, and loaned himself another $100,000 after initially filing a report indicating the campaign was underwater by more than $86,000. His campaign has about $14,000 in cash.
Democratic Rep. Dave Young raised more than $83,000 and has nearly $109,000 in cash.
Other super PACs
Protect Colorado took in nearly $8 million for a total of $21 million thus far as it prepares to fight a ballot initiative requiring 2,500-foot setbacks for oil and gas exploration. The money comes from the oil and gas business, with five companies putting in the bulk of the cash.
The group spent about $5 million, booking $2.75 million in TV advertising. It’s also spending on radio and digital ads, field work and polling.
Coloradans for Coloradans, the group backing a sales tax increase to pay for transportation, took in $2.6 million, with $1.6 million of that coming from the Colorado Construction Industry’s super PAC. The group spent $2.3 million, including reserving $2 million worth of TV ad time.
Fix Our Damn Roads, supporting an effort to improve road funding without raising taxes but instead selling bonds, raised only $10,600, all of it from the Independence Institute, the libertarian think tank backing the initiative.
Fair Maps Colorado, supporting ballot questions creating appointed commissions to redistrict congressional and legislative seats, took in $1.4 million. Most of that came from Democratic philanthropist Pat Stryker and DaVita CEO Kent Thiry, who each donated $600,000. The group spent nearly $890,000 on TV ad buys.
Here’s a chart with candidate details. Money raised and spent includes in-kind contributions.
|Office||Candidate||Party||Raised July 28 - Aug. 29||Total Raised||Total Spent||Cash on hand||Loans||Self-Funding|
|Attorney General||George Brauchler||Republican||$116,550||$520,905||$38,456||$310,814|
|Attorney General||Phil Weiser||Democrat||$356,492||$2,161,666||$1,852,100||$309,566||$6,756|
|Secretary of State||Jena Griswold||Democrat||$162,548||$667,336||$589,473||$78,372|
|Secretary of State||Wayne Williams||Republican||$45,246||$239,014||$77,260||$159,831|
|Senate District 16||Tim Neville||Republican||$22,407||$159,948||$422||$142,550|
|Senate District 16||Tammy Story||Democrat||$64,594||$257,779||$74,218||$216,851.16|
|Senate District 20||Jessie Danielson||Democrat||$50,228||$220,508||$50,045||$170,148|
|Senate District 20||Christine Jensen||Republican||$20,557||$84,496||$86,589||$89,519||$15,549|
|Senate District 22||Brittany Pettersen||Democrat||$66,583||$201,683||$60,263||$141,420|
|Senate District 22||Tony Sanchez||Republican||$15,212||$85,976||$2,947||$64,408|
|Senate District 24||Beth Martinez Humenik||Republican||$11,560||$69,545||$36,554||$43,279||$1,233|
|Senate District 24||Faith Winter||Democrat||$49,965||$285,186||$106,169||$179,017|