Colorado U.S. House fundraising

Year end fundraising totals for 2013 illustrate the story of this year’s seven Colorado congressional races and it is all about the 6th CD.

In that race, incumbent GOP Rep. Mike Coffman and Democratic challenger Andrew Romanoff are neck and neck, each raising just more than $2 million last year for a race that’s expected to be among the hottest in the country.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter took about $966,520 in the 7th CD, the third highest total raised. His challenger, Republican Don Ytterberg, raised almost $79,000 in comparison.

Some observations:

  • Of Ytterberg’s money, $50,000 was a loan from the candidate and another $5,100 was a donation from the candidate.
  • Democrat Jared Polis of the 2nd CD kicked in more than $97,000 to his campaign, and it isn’t a loan. Polis doesn’t take money from political action committees and the multi-millionaire is known for self-funding his campaigns. Two Republicans recently filed to run against him, but aren’t yet required to file with the FEC.
  • Democrat Irv Halter gave about $32,300 to his campaign and loaned it $4,750. He’s challenging GOP incumbent Rep. Doug Lamborn in the heavily Republican 4th CD. Halter’s donations brought his total to more than $176,000 and kept him almost even with Lamborn, who raised more than $178,000.
  • Is Abel Laeke really running in the 3rd CD against incumbent Rep. Scott Tipton? If so, he’s a couple of FEC filings behind. His last filing was on July 11, 2013, in which he’d neither raised nor spent any money. He hasn’t filed since. On the other hand, another Democrat, Stephen Sheldon, filed to run in CD3 last week. UPDATE: And, former state lawmaker and Pueblo County Commissioner Buffie McFayden plans to run for the 3rd CD Democratic nomination, according to the Denver Post.

For more information on the candidates, including webpages, Twitter and Facebook links, head to the On the Run pages.

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