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October 11, 2007 09:42 PM UTC

Shafroth Raises $208,259 in Q3

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  • by: Colorado Pols


Democrat Will Shafroth announced today that his campaign for CD-2 raised $208,259 in Q3 – a strong number, but more than $150,000 less than was raised by both Joan Fitz-Gerald and Jared Polis.

Click below for the full press release.

Will Shafroth will report raising more than $500,000 since April toward his bid to represent Colorado’s Second Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.

Shafroth will report contributions totaling $208,259 to the Federal Election Commission next week leaving him with a total of $424,556 cash on hand. The quarter ended on September 30th and the official deadline for reporting for the fundraising period is October 15th.

With 438 total contributors:

99% of the contributions were from individuals

52% of the donors gave $200 or less

90% of the contributions are for the primary

  “I’m pleased that our message of new ideas and fresh solutions continues to resonate with people,” Shafroth said. “If we are to succeed in leaving our country better off than we found it, it must begin by tackling the tough issues of health care reform, education and global warming with innovative thinking, not politics as usual.”

  “I am convinced that the old style of politics — the politics of division and special interests — cannot address the challenges facing our country. They will not make the world better for our children,” Shafroth said.

Shafroth launched his campaign for the CD 2 seat this spring. During the past seven years, Shafroth has served Colorado by establishing the Colorado Conservation Trust, a statewide organization dedicated to preserving agricultural lands, wildlife habitat, river corridors and community open space. Previously, Shafroth served as the first executive director of Great Outdoors Colorado.  During his tenure, GOCO awarded more than $250 million in grants to create parks and trails and conserve more than 250,000 acres of wildlife habitat and open space – including the Greenland Ranch in southern Douglas County where 12 miles of I-25 will forever be protected from the urban sprawl that could have connected Denver and Colorado Springs.

Born in Arapahoe County in 1957, Shafroth now lives in Boulder with his wife of 21 years, Erica, and their three children Ethan, 19, Anna, 16 and Lily, 14. Shafroth graduated from Cherry Creek High School, has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara in Environmental Studies and Political Science and a master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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14 thoughts on “Shafroth Raises $208,259 in Q3

    1. That is an interesting view about someone who has raised more than Ed Perlmutter did this quarter, or at this time in his own primary race. I think Pols has it right. This is a strong number.

      1. Ed doesn’t have primary or even major general opposition so it is not an apt comparison.

        I said a “little” weak. I expected a 3q fall off (I thought he would be closer to $250K), but there are a lot of people who hate either(both) JFG or JP and he should be making in roads with those people.

        Its plenty to stay viable and I know he is running a very lean campaign so he should have a lot of cash on hand.

        Did Pols say it was strong or did the press release say it was strong?

        1. I meant more than Ed raised in his primary against Lamm at this point.

          Pols:

          Democrat Will Shafroth announced today that his campaign for CD-2 raised $208,259 in Q3 – a strong number, but more than $150,000 less than was raised by both Joan Fitz-Gerald and Jared Polis.

  1. This is a strong posting at this point in the race. I can assure you the cash-on-hand factor favors Shafroth, as he has been reaching out to the voters by showing up at several community functions without spending much.

    All in all, he is a solid candidate with lots of integrity, he will end up being tough to beat…

  2. First, I agree $200k is a decent quarter in a vacuum. But the fact remains that he raised a third less than last quarter, and this third quarter is traditionally a strong one. He therefore has noplace to go but down from here. He has no institutional fundraisers (like JFG) and his individual contributors are far outpaced by Jared’s. Also, 438 total contributors (I’m assuming that’s total, not for this quarter) is very low. JFG and JP are both over 1000. It strongly suggests he has a lot of max-outs or near max-outs, as opposed to JFG and JP who have lots of room to grow.

    Second, it is a classic first-time campaign mistake to conserve every dime for the last minute push. You have to spend money a) to raise more money, and b) to raise your  name ID and attract votes. With only $80k spent in an entire quarter (or less than $30k a month) he must have at most 2 staff, maybe 3, and few if any paid consultants. Probably no field. That just won’t do it, since he has SO far to go. Even if he enters next Summer with $600k cash on hand (which is unlikely given the fundraising decline from last quarter) that’s only three weeks of TV and nothing else. At some point his donors have to ask: Does he really think he can win entering next July with 10% name ID or whatever? No. No matter how much JFG and JP attack each other.

    This race is clearly between JP and JFG. I like Will a lot and think he would make a fine congressman. But I don’t see any realistic path to victory.

    1. Will needs to outraise Joan and Jared.  Why is this… TV and Radio.  I bet Will’s name ID is maybe 4% across the district.  Running 1 TV spot to Joan’s and Jared’s 10 or 15 spots will not help him.

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