Maes lags in campaign fundraising

Dan Maes is having trouble raising donations.

The Republican has raised only $50,000 since earning his party’s nomination to run for Colorado governor last month.

Meanwhile, one of his chief rivals, former GOP congressman Tom Tancredo, has raised about four times as much.

Tancredo, the one-time Republican candidate for president who left the GOP to run for governor as the nominee for the American Constitution Party, raised more than $200,000 in August. Maes has raised about $241,000 since entering the race almost 18 months ago.

“Tom Tancredo also has a mailing list from his presidential run that’s over 100,000 people long,” Maes spokesman Nate Strauch said of the disparity in campaign funds. “Like we’ve told everybody, we’ve built on our success every month. The last two weeks of the last (reporting period) were our best two weeks of the entire campaign.”

In that time, Maes collected $14,184, according to campaign-finance reports filed with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office late Tuesday.

But during that same two-week period, Tancredo pulled in $89,975, while the Democrat in the race, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, raised $210,087.

The Maes campaign told The Associated Press on Wednesday it was not expecting any financial help from the Republican Governor’s Association, which has hinted it’s not planning to spend any money on the Colorado governor’s race.

Overall, Hickenlooper continues to far outpace others in the race, raising more than $400,000 last month, giving him a grand total of more than $2.8 million.

Tancredo, meanwhile, has used contributor lists he generated from his five terms in Congress and his brief 2008 bid for the GOP nomination for president. More than half of the $200,000 he raised in August came from out-of-state donors.

“The Tanc is an amazing fundraiser,” said Cliff Dodge, Tancredo’s new campaign manager. “Tom Tancredo is an equal opportunity fundraiser. We will take it from anybody, anywhere, as long as it is within the legal limits.”

Over the past few weeks, several prominent Republicans who were slow to endorse Maes after the Aug. 10 primary have since withdrawn their backing.

At the same time, many well-known GOP lawmakers, including Grand Junction Sen. Josh Penry and Mesa County Commissioner Janet Rowland, have come out in support of Tancredo.

Penry’s endorsement was announced by the campaign Wednesday.

“This is a unique election cycle, and none of the rules apply,” Dodge said. “Dan Maes is now truly the third-party candidate, and you can tell by the fundraising.”


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