Markey Breaks Fundraising Record in Q1

Democratic Rep. Betsy Markey announced today that her re-election campaign raised more than $340,000 in Q1, which the campaign says is the most ever raised by a freshman Representative in Colorado history. Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter was the previous record-holder, raising $263,900 in Q1 2007.

Full press release follows…

Today Congresswoman Betsy Markey announced that she has raised more than $340,000 in the first quarter of 2009.  Markey’s total is the highest amount ever raised by a freshman representative for the first quarter in Colorado history.

Markey’s campaign will report more than $300,000 cash on hand.

“I am so honored to have the continued support of the people of the Fourth Congressional District,” said Markey.  “I made a promise to my constituents to work as an independent voice in Washington, DC and the continued support of so many people who live and work in Colorado shows that we are keeping that promise. In such tough economic times I am humbled that people are reaching deep in their pockets to support me as a fiscally responsible voice for the people of the Fourth District in Congress. ”

Markey’s fundraising numbers represent support from nearly 600 individual donors-Republicans, Democrats, and Independents-from across the 4th congressional district.  Over 75% of the campaign’s contributions came from donors inside Colorado.

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    • Colorado Pols says:

      And Gardner can’t really raise money during the legislative session anyway. Unless candidates announce numbers themselves, we’ll have to wait until next week to see.

      • wade norris says:

        Betsy’s wide range of experience from working as a Reagan Appointee in the State Department, to being a business person, to being someone who knows the needs of the rural voters in her district – those are the reasons why she is going to be able to defeat any Republican talking points.


        I worked in D.C. in the State Department, I traveled overseas as a computer security specialist, and I realized the great work being done by our officers in our foreign embassies. We have push that aside and we need to use our diplomacy again to fight terrorism. We have been listening to the Defense department over the the State Department. We need to utilize our resources overseas, to promote peace and create dialog and understand we need to get back to using the resources of our diplomatic core.

        Within the State department is is the agency for international development where we promote so many good ideas and goodwill, which translate into people having a better understanding of the American people, and our government and that is how you stop terrorism, or at least how you make a dent in it, is to engage with other countries and tell them why we are there and how we can help them so that we can be partners in the world community.

        ’nuff said

    • twas brillig says:

      Cory Gardner has been invisible in Larimer and Weld Counties (you know, like, where all the voters live?). They may love him in Yuma County and right here on the Big Line, but as of right now that’s about all he’s got going for him.

      I wouldn’t want to get into this race and throw away my state leg career unless I knew the NRCC was going to be there in a big way. If Betsy Markey keeps (a) raising money like she is, and (b) working the district like she is, the NRCC is going to be scratching their heads for a long time on this district.  

      • BobMoore says:

        For the eventual Republican nominee. Try to identify 15 or 20 more likely spots for a GOP pickup in 2010. Another key question is whether Markey will benefit from the kinds of independent expenditures that we saw in 2008. The DCCC will be back, but one of the whole ideas of the Frontline program is to free up IE money for other races. The DCCC says it made significant IEs in only 10 of the 34 races involving Frontline candidates in 2008. And will groups like Defenders of Wildlife, Majority Action and VoteVets be back in CO4 in 2010, or will they target their money against vulnerable Republican incumbents? There’s not much of a history of using 527 or 501(c)4 money to shore up incumbents by these groups, though that may change simply because there are more Dem incumbents and fewer opportunities for picking up Republican seats.

        • Middle of the Road says:

          that worked at the Coloradoan?  

        • Middle of the Road says:

          Just saw your comment below. It is you. And knowing your background and history and journalistic skills helps me properly assess your opinions of CD4…I can safely now ignore just about anything you have to say on the subject.

          • jackblackCSU says:

            I am no fan of the Coloradoan but believe the newspaper, with Bob Moore’s help, had the best 4th CD coverage in the state. If you can’t see that than maybe it’s you who lacks knowledge and any sense of journalistic integrity. I’m just calling a spade a spade here.  

            • Middle of the Road says:

              I’ve been living in CD4 for 17 years and working on campaigns in it actively for the last 5. If you think Moore is fair and balanced, then you and I have very different ideas of what journalists are supposed to do and how they are supposed to behave with impartiality. Ask him about 2006, Jackie, before you decide to play. When you bring yourself up to speed on Moore’s background, feel free to join the rest of us at the big boys table.

              I’m just calling a spade a spade here.  

        • twas brillig says:

          will depend on a variety of factors–chief among them NRCC success at fundraising.

          Targeting districts is a game of math: Districts targeted / NRCC COH+challenger COH vs. DCCC/527/c4 targeting + Incumbent COH.

          We saw the results of this pretty starkly when the NRCC threw Musgrave to the wolves.

          If Markey continues to raise like this, IE investment of $2 million is a given for her. She’s smart and votes and is working hard in her district.

          With one Republican no-name in the race (who hasn’t announced his FEC numbers), a “draft me!” candidate who’s campaign manager is under a special counsel investigation for campaign finance violations, and everyone other prospect having second thoughts today…the NRCC has to be wondering if anyone is going to pop up who they can even invest in.

          So it’s very open-ended.  

  1. BobMoore says:

    Here’s some more info from an early version of my story at

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  2. DavidThi808 says:

    Money is tight for donations and people are being very careful about where they donate. This will make it very very difficult for Repubs to raise money against her.

  3. redstateblues says:

    Anyone in CD-4 know if she’s been following through with her promise of frequent constituent meetings?

    • wade norris says:

      of the Rocky Mtn. National Park count?

      • Middle of the Road says:

        I’m assuming, unless you continue to be the biggest fucking hypocrite on the blogwaves, that it counts for both of them, too, right?


          • Middle of the Road says:

            But your response to my comment doesn’t answer the question. So, hypocrite, does this count for Bennet, too or just Markey, who you like?

            Still waiting. Crickets still chirping. Your integrity still on a downward spiral. Nothing new on a Friday, in other words.

            • wade norris says:

              yes, i like Betsy, and she won a hard fought election in a red district.

              I have no problem with Sen. Bennet as an individual, however, as I have stated before, I have been a vocal opponent of the governor’s appointment because it clearly was out of the realm of what most reasonable democrats expected of the appointment.

              i don’t expect praise from you or others here, but i have been praised in the community, where people wanted someone to listen to their complaint(s) – the other complaint was that the Governor did not pick Andrew Romanoff.

              Your integrity still on a downward spiral.

              concerned much?

              • Middle of the Road says:

                Do you have some sort of physical disorder that prevents you from answering a simple question?

                Am I concerned about folks like you being the future of the Democratic Party? God, yes. Putting the lunatics in charge of the asylum is not usually considered the brightest of ideas.

                Well, as long as you’re being praised in the community, I guess it’s fine that you are behaving like a complete and utter unethical prick, right? And what community would that be? The community of S2 or Daily Kos–the 12 progressives you surround yourself with?

                Yeah, knock yourself out. And when you grow up, let me know why it’s different for Betsy than it is Bennet to appear at a town hall meeting but have one thing mean something completely different for the other.

                Fucking hypocrite.  

                • wade norris says:

                  that you have taken the high road here.

                  • Middle of the Road says:

                    I’m still waiting for your answer…

                    • wade norris says:

                      you said

                      Your integrity still on a downward spiral.

                      but then said this to me?

                      Do you have some sort of physical disorder that prevents you from answering a simple question? …

                      I guess it’s fine that you are behaving like a complete and utter unethical prick, right?

                      and you call me a hypocrite?

                      While LB and RSB have flamed it up with me here, they have also emailed me to discuss meeting up and having a beer.

                      I wonder if you are up to their caliber.

                    • Middle of the Road says:

                      still waiting for your answer. It was a simple question. Yes or no, Wade?

                    • Middle of the Road says:

                      because you appear to have forgotten the original question, it is this–since this counts in your book as a form of meeting with constituents for Markey, does it also count as a form of meeting with constituents for Bennet since you love to claim he avoids them?

                      Yes or no?

                    • wade norris says:

                      since this counts in your book as a form of meeting with constituents for Markey, does it also count as a form of meeting with constituents for Bennet since you love to claim he avoids them?

                      If I have made that statement, i don’t recall it. Do you have the text where I said ‘Bennet avoids constituents’

                    • Middle of the Road says:
                    • wade norris says:

                      so what’s your issue?

                    • Middle of the Road says:

                      You answer mine. I’ll answer yours.

                      God, you are pricelessly gutless. I had someone, a pretty well known Dem who works for quite a few candidates in Larimer County email me earlier today after reading this exchange, and let me just assure you that you have done plenty to affirm quite a few folks opinion of you with this exchange…and by affirm, I mean convincing folks to stay as far away from you as possible because you are disingenuous and refuse to answer a point blank question.

                      This has been fun. I’m done responding to you. My little project reaped the results that were predicted.

                    • wade norris says:

                      at least he is brave enough to email.

                    • Middle of the Road says:

                      when you can’t answer a simple question, Wade? Why would give a prick like you my email address? Good Lord, you’re just plain weird and a control freak, to boot.  

                    • Middle of the Road says:

                      See you around. You can bet your lying ass on it 🙂

    • twas brillig says:

      I was at a Markey fundraiser last night in Fort Collins. Betsy gave us a long run down of all the communities she’s been visiting with. You have to give props to someone who will take more than a week of their time to tour those eastern counties.  

      • DavidThi808 says:

        And that serves her well both in that she does more of them and that people see she clearly likes being there and that makes a better impression.

        I think she will easily hold the seat. Once she does win re-election, it will be interesting to see what she then starts focusing on in congress.

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