Armstrong kicks in for Kopp

There’s a new committee in town called Make Colorado Great Again, funded with $30,000 from former U.S. Sen. Bill Armstrong and $50,000 from former U.S. ambassador Marilyn Ware.

The group is buying radio ads and robocalls favoring Mike Kopp in the GOP gubernatorial primary.

The independent expenditure group filed a report on June 4 of spending $69,500 for radio advertising. The Secretary of State’s independent expenditure reports list that spending as supporting Kopp, seen by most as the weakest of the four gubernatorial candidates.

On June 5, the group filed a report of spending $2,000 on telephone calls. Independent expenditure reports indicate another $1,500 was spent to the same Virginia consultant.

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Could these be the calls and radio ads that Tom Tancredo’s recent fundraising email alludes to?

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Tancredo, the 2010 American Constitution Party gov nominee and former congressman, is considered the frontrunner in the four-way June 24 primary, and tops the pack in fundraising. Bob Beauprez, the 2006 GOP gov nominee and former congressman, and Secretary of State Scott Gessler are also grappling to distinguish themselves in the race to face Democratic incumbent Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Kopp and Beauprez seem to be the faves among “establishment” Republicans, whatever that means these days. Last month, 1980 U.S. Senate nominee Mary Estill Buchanan noted that Armstrong engineered Rick Santorum’s 2012 caucus victory in Colorado.

Armstrong isn’t the only one trying to influence the gubernatorial primary. There’s a 527 group supporting Beauprez, too.

Then there’s a group apparently backed by Democrats running ads attacking both Beauprez and Tancredo, though the anti-Tancredo ads appear aimed to sway conservative GOP primary voters toward him.

Correction: This post has been updated to include a $50,000 donation from Marilyn Ware.

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