The campaign for Democrat Sal Pace announced today that the former House Minority Leader raised more than $200,000 in the fourth quarter of 2011 and enters 2012 with the strongest fundraising start of any non-incumbent in the history of CD-3.
Pace has raised more than $465,000 since announcing his campaign on June 1, 2011. By comparison, incumbent Republican Rep. Scott Tipton had collected $109,981 by the start of 2010; Tipton defeated incumbent Rep. John Salazar in November of that year.
The strong fundraising start for Pace should keep him among the top tier of Democratic challengers in 2012 — particularly if Tipton continues to underperform in the money department.
Full press release follows…
Congressional Candidate Sal Pace Raises Over $200,000 In Fourth Quarter; Enters Election Year With Most Raised By Any Non-Incumbent in CD-3 History
(Pueblo) – Sal Pace raised more than $200,000 towards his campaign for Colorado’s Third Congressional District during the most recent fundraising quarter, which ended December 31st. Contributions this past quarter came from nearly 1,000 individuals and was his strongest quarter to date in this race, demonstrating expanding momentum for his campaign.
“I am honored to have such a strong base of support from our communities in these tough economic times,” said Pace. “I understand I am the underdog in this race, but our grassroots support demonstrates that our campaign is gaining traction every day, and that people want practical solutions and commonsense leadership in these trying times.”
Since announcing his campaign on June 1st, Sal Pace has raised more than $465,000. This is the most raised by a non-incumbent in the Third Congressional District during the twelve months prior to election year.
Historical Overview of CD-3 Non-Incumbents and Their Off-Year Raised Totals
Sal Pace raised more than $465,000 in 2011
Scott Tipton raised $109,981 in 2009*
Wayne Wolf raised $3,389 in 2007
Scott Tipton raised $171,173 in 2005
John Salazar raised $62,845 in 2003*
The campaign will report having over $335,000 cash-on-hand headed into the election year.
991 individuals contributed to Pace’s campaign in the fourth quarter, bringing the campaign total to more than 1,850 individual donors since June 1st;
Nearly 91 percent of all individual donors reside in Colorado;
Three-quarters of all individual contributors gave $200 or less to the Pace campaign;
The average individual contribution was $125.
*Was the successful candidate in the following year.