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Colorado 2022 Election Campaign Finance, Deep Wells Colorado

Pick a Colorado Democrat looking for a statewide office and there’s a good chance they’ll have more money in the bank than the entire Republican field, according to campaign finance reports recently. deposited.

Governor Jared Polis entered September with more than $3.3 million in his campaign coffers; Attorney General Phil Weiser had just over $1 million; Secretary of State Jena Griswold brought home $711,000 in cash. The outlier is Treasurer Dave Young — seeking re-election in the typically lowest profile of Constitutional offices — who declared $72,000 in cash on hand.

The entire Republican field, meanwhile, reported having $402,322.51 among the four.

Individually, those races break down as follows: gubernatorial candidate Heidi Ganahl had about $188,000 in cash; Attorney General John Kellner’s nominee had about $91,000; The candidate for secretary of state, Pam Anderson, had about $33,000; and treasurer candidate Lang Sias had about $90,000.

The reports, due at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, cover July 28 to August 31. Reports only cover state applicants. Federal campaign finance reports, which cover congressional and U.S. Senate races, aren’t due until mid-October.

But money isn’t everything, said Colorado GOP Executive Director Joe Jackson. The races are closer than their funding, even though Democrats are “trying to buy those seats,” he said in an email.

“Money won’t save the Democratic candidates in Colorado from their record of raising taxes on families, creating a drug epidemic, failing our students, or rubber stamping the Biden agenda” , Jackson said.

Spokespersons for the Democratic Party and the Ganahl campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Polis, a centimillionaire, broke self-funding records during his 2018 campaign and is once again funding his campaign from his own pockets. He spent more than $23 million on his first run for governor. At the end of August this year, he spent an additional $7 million to retain his seat.

Aside from Polis’ financial advantages — campaign cash doesn’t say much about a deep-pocketed self-funder who can replenish his campaign coffers on a whim — Colorado’s other three candidates are much better off than they were at this point in the 2018 cycle. Then Weiser, Griswold and Young collectively had just under $500,000 in the bank.

Republican candidates this year had less in the bank than their 2018 counterparts. At this point in the 2018 cycle, Republican gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton alone has declared more than $555,000 in the bank, while the rest of the field Statewide GOP brought in an additional $484,000.

Spokespersons for the state Democratic Party and the Ganahl campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Money spent on influencing voters doesn’t just flow to and from campaign coffers, of course. Millions have already been spent by independent spending groups.

Deep Colorado Wells, which backs Ganahl and opposes Polis, banked $5 million after spending nearly $1 million on banners, radio ads and billboards. It’s almost entirely funded by Weld Country rancher and oil and gas promoter Steve Wells, whose voicemail tells people who support the state’s Democratic leadership not to bother leaving a message.

Although this appears to be the largest independent spending committee to date, it is not the only one. All Together Colorado, which supports the Democrats, declared $2.7 million in the bank after spending more than $800,000. And that’s just two in a sea of ​​independent spending committees.

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