Fundraising Updates for State Races

The financial reporting period for state races running between July 29 through September 1 is now available online. Here’s how the statewide candidates stack up. Keep in mind that cash-on-hand amounts are deceiving at this point, since many candidates have already spent big chunks of money to buy advertising spots (with exceptions for Dan Maes and Scott Gessler, neither of whom has a good reason for having so little left in the bank).

Figures below as Amount Raised Last Period/ Amount Spent Last Period/ Cash-on-Hand as of Sept. 1)


John Hickenlooper (D): $409,859/ $357,158/ $171,542

Tom Tancredo (ACP): $199,229/ $58,376/ $140,853

Dan Maes (R): $50,201/ $54,011/ $19,786


Cary Kennedy (D): $102,161/ $89,189/ $90,250

Walker Stapleton (R): $27,385/ $15,880/ $22,712


John Suthers (R): $64,958/ $15,671/ $346,775

Stan Garnett (D): $43,690/ $120,342/ $23,259


Bernie Buescher (D): $36,158/ $8,708/ $139,661

Scott Gessler (R): $13,745/ $38,071/ $14,725

30 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. LakewoodTodd says:

    Or does Suthers really have nearly $350k on hand?

    • Colorado Pols says:

      Cash on hand amounts don’t tell you much this time of year, because some candidates have already bought a big chunk of TV time. Suthers has such a big COH amount only because he hasn’t done it yet.

      • LakewoodTodd says:

        Suther’s COH is 2x what Garnett has raised and spent. Or is there a total raised in previous quarters and spent in previous quarters that accounts for the gap?

        • Jack Burden says:

          I think that’s logical. Suthers has been raising money for a while, and Garnett jumped in the race in April or May. Suthers has had a longer time to raise money; he had a 100 or 120 thousand on hand when Garnett jumped in the race, I believe.  

  2. TCU2011 says:

    He files late but good news is he’s filing his reports to himself. Must just be a nice perk. Someone should take a look at that. Rules apply to all even if you’re the guy who is in charge.

  3. Whiskey Lima Juliet says:

    If I still lived in California, this would be hilarious.

    Tom “I hate Mexicans” Tancredo? Wow!

    I don’t know, maybe it is the Native American blood in me, but should we send all Europeans back to where they came?  The buffaloes and the land would be better for it.

    I don’t mean that, just bringing up the next logical scenario. If there is anything logical about Tancredo.

  4. jpsandscl says:

    that looks bad for Garnett!

  5. ohwilleke says:

    Is there any other time in memory that a third party candidate in a Colorado race has so far exceeded a major party candidate’s fundraising success?

    Maes warchest is about what one would expect in a vigorous state legislative race.

    The GOP establishment really has shunned him.

    COH aside, Stan Garnett also seems to be fighting an uphill battle.  He’s behind and he needs to catch up in at least current fundraising to really make a go at displacing Suthers.  And, it is hard to make anything Suthers does or did look extreme when he has Buck and Maes and Tacredo to serve as foils.

    It is also worth noting how relatively low stakes all of the statewide races, including the Governors race, appear to be this cycle.  There are only a couple of months of campaigning left.  But, nobody in any of the state level races but Suthers has the money to make a big decisive paid media push, in that time frame yet.

  6. GOPwarrior says:

    That it may not take as money money to beat you this year?

    Just saying. Better spend it real well.

  7. Half Glass Full says:

    I’m sure that log cabin in his most recent web commercial must have cost him at least $50,000.

    He’ll retire to it after the election and return to doing covert operations for tiny municipalities suffering from the scourge of illegal card games.

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