Money pours in to GOP campaigns

Governor candidates amass nearly $1M from Colo. donors

Josh Penry made the most of his Grand Junction hometown connections and Scott McInnis did the same with contacts he made around western Colorado, according to filings with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office.

Penry and McInnis, both Grand Junction Republicans, are vying for the party’s nomination to oppose Gov. Bill Ritter, a Democrat, in the 2010 election.

Penry, the state Senate minority leader and a former McInnis congressional staffer, collected $153,000 from Mesa County residents in the third quarter, part of an effort that had him bringing in $400,000 statewide for the first reporting period of his run for governor.

In the adjoining counties of Delta, Garfield, Montrose and Rio Blanco, Penry’s heft fell short of McInnis’. Penry collected $8,500 in that region to McInnis’ $42,000.

McInnis collected $40,000 in Mesa County alone, and $545,000 statewide.

Ritter collected $452,000 in the third quarter for his re-election bid.

The quarter ended Sept. 30 and reports were required to be filed by Oct. 15.

“We started where we’re strongest,” Penry said. “Our campaign happens to be strongest in the place the congressman and I both live, and we’ll build out our base from there.”

McInnis spokesman Sean Duffy touted McInnis’ “statewide appeal, as evidenced by the breadth of where his donations have come from and the very prominent list of supporters who are backing him.”

Penry’s strong hometown collection effort is unsurprising, Duffy said.

“Looks like Josh could mount a great race for mayor of Grand Junction.”

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