Donations to McInnis drop; more people give to Maes

Gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis took in about half in campaign donations for the second half of July compared with the first, while his GOP rival saw a dramatic increase in the number of people contributing to his campaign.

That switch in donations corresponds with when allegations surfaced and McInnis later admitted that he had plagiarized material he wrote for a Pueblo foundation in 2004 and 2005, said Dan Maes, McInnis’ opponent in the Aug. 10 primary.

“Coloradans are demanding a candidate with integrity, and the last two weeks have proven that I’m the only Republican who fits the bill,” Maes said in a statement. “I’m tremendously humbled by the generosity people have shown, and I look forward to a strong finish in this primary race.”

Maes’ donations overall, though, pale in comparison to McInnis’, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Secretary of State’s Office on Monday.

Since entering the race in February, Maes has collected about $191,000, while McInnis has raised more than $2.1 million.

In the past two weeks, though, Maes saw a 107 percent increase in the number of people donating.

Still, they didn’t give as much in the last half of the month as they had in the first, and then less than half as much as McInnis took in for the month.

Maes pulled in about $18,000 in the last two weeks of July compared with nearly $22,000 in the first part of the month.

At the same time, McInnis collected about $35,000 in the second half of last month — about half the $69,000 he pulled in the first two weeks of July.

“Despite a very challenging two weeks, which intensified in the midst of this short, two-week period, Scott was very gratified at the way fundraising rebounded late in the period,” said Sean Duffy, McInnis’ spokesman.

The Maes camp attributed the increase to McInnis’ plagiarism scandal, but said nothing about the $17,500 in fines the Evergreen businessman had to pay for campaign finance violations, including paying himself more than $40,000 in mileage costs.

A new SurveyUSA poll paid for by the Denver Post and KUSA-TV in Denver last week showed Maes leading McInnis for the first time in the race with 43 percent to 39 percent. A similar poll conducted in June showed McInnis leading 57 percent to 29 percent.

During that same period, the lone Democrat in the race, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, nearly doubled his donations from the first half of the month, raising about $115,000 in the first two weeks, and $290,500 in the second. Overall, he’s collected more than $2.5 million.

Like McInnis, Hickenlooper had about $210,000 in cash on hand.

But unlike the former GOP congressman from the 3rd Congressional District, he’s already spent more than $1.2 million on television and radio advertising time going into the election.


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