Michael Carrigan Breaks Fundraising Record in Bid for Denver DA

Michael Carrigan, candidate for Denver District AttorneyDenver’s 2015 Municipal elections are just a few weeks away, but because District Attorney is technically considered a “state” election, it won’t be on the ballot until 2016. That doesn’t mean that candidates are biding their time until the June 2016 Democratic Primary, however.

Democrat Michael Carrigan announced today that his campaign for Denver District Attorney set a new statewide fundraising record in the first quarter of 2015. To many Denver Democrats, it may seem like Carrigan has been running for D.A. for years, as the Denver Post’s Lynn Bartels jokes in “The Spot” blog, but the first quarter of 2015 is Carrigan’s first official fundraising period as a registered candidate (Q1 was also the first fundraising period for Democratic Rep. Beth McCann, who is seeking the DA post again after an unsuccessful campaign in 2004; McCann has not yet announced her Q1 fundraising numbers).

In the first three months of 2015, Carrigan raised more than $120,000 from 430 different donors, which appears to mark a new statewide record for campaigns subject to $400 contribution limits. According to a press release (full release after the jump):

Carrigan’s first fundraising quarter is more than double the previous record for a first quarter candidate subject to $400 contribution limits; Gail Schwartz raised $53,000 in her first fundraising quarter as a candidate for State Senate in 2006. Coincidentally, Sen. Schwartz has endorsed Carrigan’s campaign for District Attorney.

Carrigan’s first fundraising quarter is particularly impressive given that he is trying to raise money at the same time as 50 other Denver candidates running in May’s Municipal election. Carrigan will publicly kick-off his 2016 campaign on Thursday evening at La Casita in Denver.

The office of Denver District Attorney is the Halley’s Comet of Colorado politics: The seat doesn’t open up very often, but when it does, everybody seems to pay it close attention. Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey is term-limited in 2016, and he is only the second District Attorney elected in Denver this century (former Gov. Bill Ritter completed his final term as D.A. in 2004). Because Denver is such a Democratic stronghold, the race for D.A. will almost certainly be decided in the June 2016 Primary Election.

Michael Carrigan Shatters Colorado Fundraising Record
Democrat for Denver District Attorney Raises More Than $120k from 430 Different Donors in First Quarter

 

DENVER (April 7) Democrat Michael Carrigan, candidate for Denver District Attorney, shattered past fundraising records in his first official fundraising quarter (Jan. 1 – Mar. 31). Carrigan raised more than $120,000 from 430 different donors in less than three months, crushing the previous record for a first quarter candidate subject to $400 contribution limits.

“I am honored and humbled by the large and diverse group of supporters who have helped launch my campaign for Denver District Attorney,” said Carrigan. “Now, more than ever, I am excited for the road ahead of us.”

Carrigan’s first fundraising quarter is more than double the previous record for a first quarter candidate subject to $400 contribution limits; Gail Schwartz raised $53,000 in her first fundraising quarter as a candidate for State Senate in 2006. Coincidentally, Sen. Schwartz has endorsed Carrigan’s campaign for District Attorney.

More about Carrigan’s First Fundraising Quarter:

  • With the June 2016 Democratic Primary still 15 months away, Carrigan has already raised more than half of what Denver District Attorney candidates raised in 2004 (the last time the seat was open). In the 2004 Denver District Attorney campaign, Mitch Morrissey (D) raised $190,000; Beth McCann (D) raised $165,000; and John Walsh (D) raised $111,000.
  • Carrigan’s diverse group of donors includes two former U.S. Attorneys (Democrat Tom Strickland and Republican Troy Eid), Denver’s Deputy Mayor Cary Kennedy, front-runner for Denver Auditor Chris Nevitt, Congressman Jared Polis former Chair of the Denver County Democrats Cindy Lowery-Graber, several leaders of the Denver Young Democrats, other activists and community leaders.

Carrigan is in his second term as Denver’s elected representative on the University of Colorado Board of Regents. A former prosecutor in the Denver District Attorney’s office under Bill Ritter, Carrigan currently practices law at Holland & Hart. Michael’s official campaign kick-off is scheduled for this Thursday, April 9th, 5-6:30 at La Casita in Northwest Denver (3561 Tejon St.), where he will be joined by Former Secretary, Senator and Attorney General Ken Salazar, Deputy Mayor Cary Kennedy, Representative Angela Williams and many others. Michael and his wife, Sarah, a nurse, live with their two children in East Denver.

3 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    So I want to know where Carrigan stands on enforcing cannabis possession laws in Denver. Is he a roll-back-Amendment 64 kind of guy?

    Is he an Oh-no, we’re going to lose out on private prison beds if we don’t lock up brown people for possession of small amounts of drugs guy?

    How about his stands on immigration reform? Is he a “papers please” , you look like an immigrant so I’m going to pull you over and book you kind of guy?

    Whom would he prosecute as DA? Where is he on police training and police/community relations? Etc.

    Fundraising and who’s his buddies is all well and good….but, can we have some substance here, please?

    • jhswanson says:

      Michael Carrigan has been asked about Amendment 64 during a radio interview last week. He opposes any effort to repeal Amendment 64. Anyone who knows Michael knows he’s running on a smart, modern approach to law enforcement. He speaks out against mass incarceration and keeping the wrong people behind bars. As a CU Regent, he’s been a strong advocate for diversity and he supported Colorado’s ASSET bill, so he matches Denver’s values on immigration. There’s a reason the Michael has such broad support-he’s got a good message on all these issues.

  2. milloy36 says:

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