Wright pulls in more cash than his opponents

DENVER — Rep. Jared Wright outraised both of his opponents in campaign finance donations in the last three months of 2013, according to campaign finance reports recently filed.

But the Fruita Republican continues to get much of his campaign war chest from sources outside House District 54, according to reports filed this week with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office.

Wright, who’s facing a three-way race against Democrat Brad Webb of Orchard Mesa and Republican-turned-unaffiliated candidate James Fletcher of Palisade, raised $13,590 between Oct. 1 and the end of last year, more than twice the $5,835 donations that Webb brought in.

Fletcher continues to have trouble getting financial backing, raising only $495 during the period. To date, he’s collected a total of $830.

About one-third of the money Wright raised during the last period — $4,320 — came from inside the district, which includes most of Mesa County outside of Grand Junction and the western half of Delta County.

Prior to that, about 88 percent of Wright’s money came from outside the district, much of it from Front Range Republicans, including several of his colleagues in the Colorado House.

At the same time, 53 percent of the money that Webb raised came from inside the district. Still, Webb’s campaign filing was his first, and he is expected to get some support from his party elsewhere in the state.

During the period, Wright paid nearly $600 in consulting fees to Grand Junction-based Tactical Data Solutions, a campaign consulting firm operated by Thomas Bjorklund. Bjorklund is also working on former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo’s bid for Colorado governor and former congressman Scott McInnis’ race for Mesa County commissioner.

Wright paid more than $1,570 to himself for travel, lodging and office expenses, but then loaned his own campaign $800.

Webb spent more than $3,000 to GODOT Communications, a Boulder-based consulting firm, while Fletcher has spend most of his available cash on “fundraising expenses.”

In other races, Rep. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, pulled in more than $4,000 to give him about $15,450 in his bid for the Colorado Senate to replace Sen. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, who is running for Mesa County sheriff.

Scott’s Democratic rival, Claudette Konola, raised less than $3,000. She has about $2,700 in cash on hand.

Mesa County Commissioner Steve Acquafresca, a Republican who currently is running unopposed for House District 55 to replace Scott, had not filed a campaign finance report by Wednesday’s deadline.


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