Congressional race under way with boasts about fundraising

The race is still a year and a half away, but that hasn’t stopped the two leading candidates for the 3rd Congressional District from already starting to raise funds for that contest.

In his first month since jumping into the race, Democrat Sal Pace raised more than $100,000, according to Federal Election Commission reports filed on Friday. That compared with the $150,000 that the incumbent, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, pulled in during the second quarter of this year.

Although Tipton’s fundraising was low compared to other freshmen members of Congress, the Cortez Republican said he was “on pace” to raise even more.

“We are on pace to raise over a million dollars during this cycle, which is right where we want to be,” Tipton said. “We were in the top three for fundraising from our delegation this past quarter, and posting strong numbers while remaining focused primarily on my congressional duties, including chairing a House subcommittee.”

Pace said that using Tipton’s math, he would be on pace to raise more than a million and a half by election time.

“We worked hard at it,” said Pace, whose campaign treasurer is Martelle Daniels, the former Mesa County Democratic Party chairwoman. “Well over a majority of all donors were in the 3rd CD, over 80 percent of donors gave $100 or less and we have donors from 28 of the 29 counties in the district.”

Tipton’s contributions include 124 individual donations and 31 from political action committees and other political groups, such as the $2,000 given him by U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, who represents Colorado’s 6th Congressional District. Like Pace, the bulk of the congressman’s money came from individual donor.

Most of Tipton’s PAC money came from special-interest groups such as auto dealers and coal mining associations.

By contrast, the bulk of Pace’s special-interest fundraising was from unions, including the United Steelworkers and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Both candidates had their share of some unusual donations from individuals.

Pace received 415 individual donations, including $250 from Ali Hasan, the former Republican who ran an unsuccessful bid last year for Colorado secretary of state.

Tipton received $5,000 from Robert Rawlings, the publisher of the Pueblo Chieftain.

Pace represents Pueblo in the Colorado House.


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