Hickenlooper tops GOP rivals in fundraising so far in 2010

John Hickenlooper
Democratic candidate for governor

Scott McInnis
Republican candidate for governor

He has been in the gubernatorial race for a short time, but Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper outpaced his Republican counterparts statewide in raising money this year.

The Denver Democrat, who entered the race after Gov. Bill Ritter dropped out in January, raised nearly $1.2 million since January. That’s slightly more than the more than $1 million raised by Republican Scott McInnis and the nearly $62,000 collected by his GOP challenger, Dan Maes.

McInnis, a former U.S. representative for the 3rd Congressional District, raised more than $1 million last year and had about $490,000 left at the start of the year.

According to his Monday campaign finance report filed with the Secretary of State’s Office, the Grand Junction resident still has about $490,000 in his account, which means he has spent a million dollars since January.

Hickenlooper, meanwhile, has nearly $890,000 in cash on hand.

McInnis paid nearly $84,000 for a fundraising event to Arena Communications of Salt Lake City; $33,400 to Notion One, a Denver computer and consulting firm; $30,000 to political consultant Michael Hess; $24,300 to Barbara Card, a political consultant; $20,000 to Shamrock Consulting in Littleton; more than $20,000 to two Virginia consulting firms; and $14,452 to his campaign finance director, Jessica Bogar.

Hickenlooper has been a skin-flint by comparison.

His biggest expenses so far were for nearly $90,000 to a Maryland company for mail services and $13,450 to On-Sight Public Affairs in Denver.

While Hickenlooper fared better than the other two in fundraising statewide, McInnis led the way in the Grand Valley.

Here, McInnis collected more than twice what Hickenlooper did, pulling in nearly $35,000 from area residents compared to the Democrat’s $15,700. Maes collected $1,700 from Grand Junction area residents.


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