Hislop raises more than foe; Scott collects more in district
Bob Hislop, Republican candidate for House District 54, continued to outpace his opponent, Ray Scott, in campaign contributions, but not by much.
In the most recent campaign-finance reports filed with the Secretary of State’s Office this week, which showed contributions and expenditures for June, Hislop collected $2,080 compared to Scott’s $1,880.
During the same month, Hislop spent $5,085 mostly on fliers and other advertising, leaving him with more than $3,000.
Scott spent about $650, more than half of which went toward advertising. He’s left with slightly more than $1,500.
While Hislop leads overall, Scott collected more than twice as much in donations last month from contributors who live in the two-county district, collecting $1,625 compared to Hislop’s $720.
Hislop collected $1,360 from outside the district, most of which came from three $400 contributions, the maximum an individual or group can give in a legislative race. One of those came from an out-of-state resident, and two from political action committees: the Colorado Contractors’ Association and the Colorado Medical Society.
Although he’s been criticized for the money he accepted from out of the district, Hislop said that doesn’t mean he won’t represent his constituents if he wins the primary Aug. 10. Because there is no Democratic challenger, the primary will decide who represents the district.
Some candidates have refused to take PAC money, but Hislop said he sees nothing wrong with it.
“Whether they’re a PAC or an individual, my personal belief is as the representative from 54, my door is going to be open to everybody,” he said.
“The part that everybody’s missing is: Where’s he spending his money? I have spent most of my money, I would say 90 percent, here in Mesa and Delta counties.”
Hislop said he is expecting donations from the Credit Union Association of Colorado and the Colorado Chiropractors’ Association, money that is to be reported in next month’s filing.
Scott, too, said he doesn’t have a problem with candidates accepting PAC money, and he even vied for endorsements and money from the contractor and medical associations. He said he hadn’t heard from the credit union or chiropractor associations about getting their backing.
“The Colorado Medical Society, their big issue was Obama care ... and we had a big argument about that,” Scott said. “Single-payer was big with them, and I disagreed with it.”
Hislop said he, too, disagreed with the new federal health care bill, but still won the group’s support.
Scott questioned the contractors about specific highway projects in the district, but he said the group wouldn’t be specific on what projects were planned locally.
“I said, ‘You say you want tax dollars from House District 54, but I don’t see any projects,’ ” Scott said.