Tipton builds huge lead in fundraising

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., has a primary opponent, but he also has collected more money than all his rivals combined according to the most recent federal records.

Tipton, who is seeking a third term, has $714,000 on hand for the campaign. Democrat Abel Tapia, who announced his bid in late March after Liane “Buffie” McFadyen backed out, has $39,644 in cash on hand.

David Cox, who is challenging Tipton in the Republican primary, reported no money in his account as of the end of the first quarter. Tisha Casida, an unaffiliated candidate who enjoys the backing of former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, had $1,433 on hand, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Tipton’s campaign manager, Michael Fortney, cited Tipton’s legislative record limiting federal control, including a water rights bill that would limit federal agencies’ efforts to obtain water rights, as appealing to donors in the 3rd Congressional District, who “are appreciative that they have a representative in Congress standing up for their rights and their way of life.”

Tapia, a former state legislator from Pueblo and retired director of the Colorado Lottery, said he collected his funds “in about five days of campaigning,” and said he plans to attend a fund-raiser this weekend in Snowmass.

He opted to raise and report what he could in the final days of the first quarter rather than push fundraising into the second quarter, Tapia said.

Though he started late, he has an advantage in that he faces no primary opposition, Tapia noted.

Cox, Tipton’s Republican rival, said when he announced his candidacy in February that he wouldn’t need campaign contributions until he had won a spot on the primary ballot, which he did earlier this month in the GOP’s 3rd Congressional District assembly.


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The question is, what do Tipton’s benefactors expect in return for all that money?

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