Salazar’s war chest heftier than Tipton’s

U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo., said his fourth-quarter fundraising stuffed his campaign chest with nearly $850,000. One of his two potential Republican opponents, Scott Tipton of Cortez, said he had cleared $108,000 in the 46 days of his candidacy leading up to the end of 2009.

Salazar, who is seeking a fourth term this year, said he raised $187,000 in the fourth quarter.

Tipton announced his bid for the 3rd Congressional District in November.

Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District includes most of the Western Slope and southern Colorado.

Salazar collected $381,000 from political-action committees and $286,000 from individuals, according to the Federal Elections Commission Web site.

The Web site had no data on Tipton’s contributions.

Tipton’s campaign said that all his donations were from individuals, including 43 percent that were less than $250, and that 96 percent were from Colorado.

Salazar said in a statement his support demonstrated he understands “the everyday concerns about jobs and the economy that have been expressed to me by my constituents” and that he looks forward to representing the 3rd Congressional District “for years to come.”

Salazar’s fundraising drive shows he’s “scared and knows this is going to be a race,” Tipton’s campaign said, adding that it’s “easy to raise money when just about half comes from PACs.”

Salazar, who was first elected in 2004, defeated Tipton in 2006.

Steamboat Springs Republican Bob McConnell has $16,000, including $9,800 from individuals and $6,700 from McConnell himself.

Another Republican, Martin Beeson of Glenwood Springs, has suspended his campaign. He had collected $17,000.


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