Hickenlooper Raises $4.1M; Gardner $2.5M; Romanoff $420k

Former Gov. John Hickenlooper owns the Q1 fundraising period.

Former Gov. John Hickenlooper may have set a new fundraising record for a Democratic U.S. Senate candidate in Colorado with $4.1 million raised in Q1 — besting the $4 million quarter posted by former Sen. Mark Udall in Q3 2014. Hickenlooper also outraised incumbent Republican Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) by about 65%.

Hickenlooper’s big Q1 is significantly better than the $2.8 million he raised in Q4 2019, which is all the more impressive considering that in-person fundraisers weren’t really possible in the month of March because of coronavirus.

Gardner’s campaign, meanwhile, reporting raising less than $2.5 million in Q1. It’s worth repeating that Hickenlooper crushed Gardner’s fundraising number despite the coronavirus quarantine and Gardner’s incumbent status (and Gardner’s in-person fundraiser with President Trump). Gardner’s campaign still has nearly $10 million in the bank, but Hickenlooper has essentially gotten halfway to that number in less than 8 months.

As for Democrat Andrew Romanoff, he continues to struggle on the fundraising front. Romanoff raised about $420k in Q1 — about one-tenth of Hickenlooper’s total — leaving his campaign with roughly $805k in the bank (Hickenlooper has about $4.9 million cash on hand). If you’re looking for a silver lining for the former House Speaker, his campaign at least spent less money than it raised this quarter (which was not the case in Q4 2019). As we wrote in this space last October regarding the Democratic field of candidates, there’s Hickenlooper…and then there’s everyone else.

15 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. unnamed says:

    Cue nutlid to give Gardner another sloppy kiss of death by saying he will win.  Mark his words.

  2. MADCO says:

    It's not about money, of course.

    There's something called grass roots and top line.

    • gertie97 says:

      Do you still believe in fairy tails, too, MADCO?

      • MADCO says:

        I believe in lots of things that others tell me are fairy tales.

        I believe in Mother Abigail, more as metaphor than person. I believe in Rufus T. Firefly.

        I believe the Chicago PD conspired with the Illinois Attorney general and Hoover's FBI to assassinate Fred Hampton.

        But I was just goofing above. Of course it's about money. Of course it is. Top line is the dumbest political motive or objective I have ever heard of.  Maybe a long time ago when the recruits just needed simple idiot proof instructions.

        Grass roots is sometimes still a thing. But since the 2016 cycle… IDK anymore.

  3. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Why are people still giving money to Romanoff? Seems like a waste of money to me.

    • Duke Cox says:

      Which speaks more to your limited cognitive ability than anything else.wink

    • MichaelBowman says:

      I'm with MADCO.  I'm less and less convinced the old rules apply.  How much money did Biden spend to get his nomination?   I'll say it again, I'm #bluenomatterwho I don't dislike JH but at this point I'm more interested in the total number of donations associated with each of these totals, not the amounts. 

      Andrew has my support in the primary – he's working his tail off every day to earn votes.

      • Duke Cox says:


        I don't want to stir up our cadre of Frackenlovers, but one thing I have never heard anyone call John is a populist. 

        Romanoff for Senate/2020

      • Diogenesdemar says:

        Ok, I don’t really dislike JH, either . . .

        . . . but one possible plus in this current old-rules-don’t-apply situation, at least . . .

        . the less I see of JH the more I like it/him.

        (Some day, if I ever find the energy to waste, I might try to imagine a comparison of the action responses of Gov. Polis to Covid, to what I imagine a Gov. H might have done — given his historical record of handling and acting on matters?)

  4. JohnInDenver says:

    Details of the reports show up on one tracker's site:

    Candidate Party Raised Spent Cash On Hand Report

    Cory Gardner R $2,469,739.20  $656,715.07  $9,565,416.45


    John Hickenlooper D  $4,077,784.93  $2,413,321.07  $4,880,041.96



    Romanoff's name is there, but no numbers or link.

    I've yet to see anyone doing donor analysis yet. 

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