Cash pours into heated race for 3rd Congressional District
Money has been flowing into the race for the 3rd Congressional District.
While the incumbent in the race, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., has raised more money overall, his Democratic challenger, Gail Schwartz, has fast caught up.
In the past three months alone, Schwartz raised more than double what Tipton pulled in, $1.1 million compared to the congressman’s $520,000.
During this campaign cycle, Tipton has pulled in about $1.5 million compared to Schwartz’s $1.3 million.
Schwartz, a former state senator who represented several mountain communities, hasn’t been shy spending that dough, using it primarily on media buys, leaving her with less than $212,000 in the bank, according to her latest filing with the Federal Election Commission.
While Tipton’s latest FEC filing was still processing and didn’t display where he has been spending his contributions during the last quarter, it did show that the three-term congressman has spent less than half of that money, leaving him with more than $859,000 in cash on hand.
Both candidates have received the bulk of their contributions from individual donors, and both have accepted money from political action committees.
For Tipton, that includes several groups created by oil and gas companies and banks.
For Schwartz, it meant labor unions and environmental organizations.
The race also has attracted some attention from third-party groups such as the Congressional Leadership Fund, which is supporting Tipton, and the League of Conservation Voters, which is backing Schwartz.
But while the league only spent $150,000 on a TV ad campaign attacking Tipton, the fund has dedicated $1.3 million in ads attacking Schwartz.
Both ads have been nasty and based their attacks on issues that have since been debunked.
Like some ads Schwartz’s campaign produced itself, the league commercials accused Tipton of attempting to sell off federal lands, something that the congressman’s own record disproves.
The fund ad attacks Schwartz for voting in favor of a bill while she served in the Colorado Legislature that helped inmates cut time off their sentences for good behavior, something that was also favored by every other Republican in the state Senate at the time and a majority of GOP lawmakers in the House.