Ritter leads GOP rivals in campaign fundraising

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The campaign coffers of Gov. Bill Ritter are stuffed with more than $400,000, according to a second-quarter campaign finance report filed Wednesday with the Secretary of State.

Ritter received $409,130.24 in contributions, plus $14,475 in nonmonetary contributions, and he spent $153,963.66 in the second quarter of the year.

Ritter has a head start on Grand Junction Republican gubernatorial candidates Scott McInnis and Josh Penry. Neither filed second-quarter reports Wednesday because neither had begun fundraising before the end of June.

McInnis created a campaign committee July 1. While McInnis has no state campaign committee balance to transfer into his gubernatorial committee, Penry had $5,062.73 in a Senate campaign fund. He transferred the amount to the Penry for Governor fund July 10.

The Friends of Josh Penry Senate campaign committee filed a second-quarter report before the committee was dissolved last week. The report showed Penry received $12,755 in contributions and spent $9,926.07 in April through June. Fourteen of the 50 contributions made during the second quarter were received June 30, and all but one rolled in June 18 or later.

Evergreen businessman Dan Maes, another Republican running for governor in 2010, made $100.08 in the first quarter of the year.

He had yet to file his second quarter report as of Wednesday evening, but had until midnight to do so.


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