Hickenlooper’s HUGE Haul: $1.1 Million

Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper will report some $1.1 million raised in the first part of 2010. Release follows, says spokesman George Merritt, “John Hickenlooper did not enter the race for governor until Jan. 16 and still needed to assemble a staff. Thanks to our enthusiastic support across the state, we were able to overcome that disadvantage.”

Damn right they did. This is the superb fundraising prowess we knew Hickenlooper would unleash on this race, and he didn’t disappoint. We’ve heard rumors that GOP opponent Scott McInnis’ take was also not too shabby not nearly enough, the rumor we heard was considerably more (see update below)–it’s going to need to be a figure of the kind we’ve never seen from him before to stay competitive against Hickenlooper’s now-clear advantage.

UPDATE: The Denver Post’s Karen Crummy reports McInnis raised $550,000. We don’t actually have anything to spin here, as the words “double his opponent” require none.


George Merritt




Hickenlooper for Colorado announced Wednesday our overwhelming support from more than 5,000 individual donors in the campaign’s first fundraising period.

“Entering the race for governor was not a decision we made lightly,” Hickenlooper said. “The encouragement we have received since then has been humbling. We want to thank the thousands who believe our pragmatic approach to business and public service will be successful without the typical partisan attacks. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.”

The past couple of months have been a scramble. John Hickenlooper did not enter the race for governor until Jan. 16 and still needed to assemble a staff. Thanks to our enthusiastic support across the state, we were able to overcome that disadvantage.

Next week our campaign will report raising more than $1.1 million for the period, based on an initial analysis of fundraising totals. The campaign will report ending the period with nearly $880,000 on-hand.


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  1. RedGreenRedGreen says:

    Karen Crummy has the scoop at The Spot:

    Republican Scott McInnis raised $550,062 during the same time period, with 85 percent of the donations coming from in-state, according to the campaign. McInnis raised $1 million hrough the end of last year,

    Republican Dan Maes, who reported having $5.48 on hand in an updated filing last month, told the Denver Post this afternoon that his first quarter filing will show that he raised about $62,000 from 700 donors.

  2. the Dem Nat Convention proved that.

  3. MADCO says:

    Money doesn’t matter.

  4. Gilpin Guy says:

    with his release of twenty (20) years of tax returns and the revelation of his of millions of dollars in charitable contributions.  He increased his cash and his favorables.  Scotty not so much.

  5. Earlier this month I had asked about how much one would need to raise for a state wide race to be competitive. It was suggested one million for tv and one million for staff.  That was for the senate race.

    Is it the opinion of most people here that it’s the same for governor?

    If so Hickenlooper is doing mighty fine. I remember Ken Salazar raised, what, 7 million I think?

  6. ClubTwitty says:

    to make us proud.  I expect a flaming finish.  

  7. and another thing says:

    For the upcoming quarter, I wonder how each candidate’s stance will impact fundraising.  Surely, McInnis will receive donations from Minute-men-types.  I would assume Hickenlooper will receive donations from those outraged on the other side.  Either way, both have something to stump on for fundraising purposes.

    • ajb says:

      Farmers? Homebuilders? Restaurateurs?

    • Gilpin Guy says:

      to donate to Hickenlooper.

      Talk about giving your opponent a fund raising shot in the arm plus the intensity factor just went up for those who now have a highly unfavorable rating of McInnis.  In exchange he gets the xenophobic crowd who were already going to vote for him.

      Supposedly these Tea Party supporters are just off the charts in terms of enthusiasm but wait.  Who are those brown people and what are they doing in the voting booth?

      I would expect the intensity level against McInnis to be up significantly at the end of this week.  He can’t compete with Hickenlooper for cash but he can definitely compete with people’s emotions.  Unfortunately a lot of them are going to be negative.  Not the kind of abundance he needed right now.

  8. redstateblues says:

    But something tells me this is yet another area where Hick is the superior candidate. If Hick wins, each Governor would be able to say their win was due to one of them deciding not to run the year the other did.

  9. fragiledem60 says:

    Let Mcinnis beat up on mayes and let Mcinnis ruin himself, and hick will easily win over who every comes out of the fight.  Great raising numbers so far should be a sign of a sealed deal in november.

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