Well-funded Salazar awaits GOP primary winner in 3rd District

Republican Scott Tipton enjoys a hefty financial advantage over his GOP opponent in the August primary election, but he is at a severe disadvantage should he survive to run in the general election.

Tipton, a Cortez business owner and legislator, collected $360,000 through the first half of 2010 and entered the final six weeks of the primary season with $205,000 on hand, according to data on file with the Federal Elections Commission.

McConnell, a Steamboat Springs emergency-medical technician and retired lawyer, has $50,000 on hand after collecting $147,000 for the first six months of the year, according to the FEC.

A hefty chunk of that money, $57,500, came from McConnell’s own pockets, the reports show. In all, the McConnell campaign has debts of $64,000, the FEC said.

The man whom both Republicans want to challenge, incumbent John Salazar, a Democrat who has represented the 3rd Congressional District for three terms, has a mountain of cash.

Salazar has $1.2 million on hand for the race, including $1.2 million raised this year. He began the year with about $1.2 million already in his coffers.

Salazar’s contributions so far this year include $582,000 from individuals and $616,000 from political-action committees.

Tipton reported collecting $350,000 from individuals and $9,000 from political-action committees. He contributed $1,850 to his own campaign.

McConnell reported $68,000 in contributions from individuals and $500 from a political-action committee.

Independent Jake Segrest of Fruita reported spending $6,300 on his campaign for the congressional seat.


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