Tipton leads Pace in House race contributions

Scott Tipton

Sal Pace

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., has collected more than $642,000 in campaign contributions in 2011, well ahead of his Democrat challenger, Sal Pace, currently the minority leader in the Colorado House.

Records compiled by OpenSecrets.org, the Center for Responsive Politics, show that donors affiliated with oil and gas and mining are among Tipton’s biggest-spending supporters, while unions are big contributors to Pace’s campaign.

Tipton raised $303,000 in the third quarter of the year, while Pace raised $165,786 for the quarter, bringing his total to $267,533 for the year so far.

Retirees are top contributors to both campaigns, but Tipton’s fundraising in that area easily outstripped that of Pace, according to the compilation.

Tipton collected $33,200 from oil-and-gas-related contributors, who pitched in $22,500, and mining, which contributed $10,700 toward Tipton’s first re-election bid.

Pace collected $15,000 from industrial unions and $5,000 each from transportation and building-trade unions, according to the compilation.

“Clearly, this is going to be a very expensive congressional race,” said David Donnelly, national campaigns director for the Public Campaign Action Fund.

The 3rd Congressional District, which encompasses most of the Western Slope and much of southern Colorado, has been represented in recent decades by alternating Republicans and Democrats.


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