Hickenlooper leads fundraising for governor’s race

The reason why political candidates announce their intentions to run for office more than a year before an election is because of money. They need as much time as they can get to collect it.

And for some candidates in state races, that’s working, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office this week.

Starting at the top, Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper has led the pack in contributions, pulling in more than $220,000 since creating his re-election account less than a month ago.

His biggest donor so far? The Apartment Association of Metro Denver gave the governor $6,000 because of his stance on multi-family housing and pushing the rental market in the state, said association director Nancy Burke.

The association has given campaign contributions to numerous political candidates, local and state, through the years, most of which have gone to Republican candidates.

Among the five Republicans looking to challenge Hickenlooper, former congressman Tom Tancredo has raised the most, nearly $181,000.

Secretary of State Scott Gessler followed with $108,000, while state Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, took in nearly $93,000.

Tancredo’s and Gessler’s largest donations actually came from numerous small ones. Donations of less than $20 are not required to be itemized by campaigns.

Brophy’s largest donation, $5,000, came from the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners Association.

Former state Sen. Mike Kopp just entered the race and was not required to file a quarterly report by the midnight Tuesday reporting deadline.

The fifth Republican in the race, Meeker resident Jim Rundberg, collected $77.98.

In the race to be the GOP candidate for attorney general, Republicans Cynthia Coffman and Mark Waller raised nearly identical amounts, just under $65,000 each. The Democrat in the race, Don Quick, pulled in $43,000 during the reporting period, giving him more than $123,000 in his war chest.

For secretary of state, Democrat Joe Neguse is clearly the frontrunner against primary challenger Ken Gordon. While Neguse brought in more than $74,000, Gordon raised nothing.

Republican Wayne Williams, El Paso County’s clerk and recorder, just entered the race and wasn’t required to file.

In the treasurer’s race, former congresswoman Betsy Markey raised nearly three times that of her Democratic primary opponent, Pat Quinn. Markey brought in nearly $100,000 while Quinn raised about $33,000.

Locally, Rep. Jared Wright, R-Fruita, who has created a re-election account even though he’s yet to formally announce that bid, reported raising $6,350, while his GOP primary opponent, Palisade resident James Fletcher, raised $335.

Democrat Brad Webb, an Orchard Mesa winemaker, just entered the race and wasn’t required to report.

And finally, Rep. Ray Scott, the Grand Junction Republican who’s running for the Colorado Senate, reported $11,990 in his coffers, though most of it, $10,815, came from his old HD55 campaign account.

Democrat Claudette Konola also just entered the race and wasn’t required to file.



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