Colorado’s Cantor cash

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s spectacular primary loss last week had many linking the failure to former congressman Bob Beauprez’s gubernatorial campaign because Cantor endorsed Beauprez.

But other Colorado candidates benefitted from Cantor’s largesse when it came to fundraising. As the Colorado Statesman noted, he recently attended a fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, who faces both a primary and general election challenge in the 5th Congressional District based around Colorado Springs.

But several other congressional candidates benefitted from Cantor’s leadership PAC cash, according to data shared by Derek Willis of The Upshot at the New York Times.

Here’s a look at donations from the Every Republican Is Crucial political action committee, aka ERICPAC:

Cory Gardner, the 4th CD congressman challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall received $10,000 from Cantor in 2013 and $5,000 in March, after announcing his Senate run.

Ken Buck, the Weld County district attorney who is one of four GOP candidates hoping to succeed Gardner in the 4th, received $5,000 from ERICPAC in April.

Mike Coffman, the incumbent who faces a strong challenge from former Democratic House Speaker Andrew Romanoff in the 6th CD, received $10,000 in 2013.

Scott Tipton, who represents the 3rd CD on the Western Slope, also received $10,000 from Cantor’s PAC in 2013.

Lamborn received $5,000 from the PAC in May, according to the 5th CD incumbent’s filing last week.

As Willis wrote last week, Cantor’s PAC was the leading fundraiser among individual congressional leadership PACs. Cantor’s loss and his pending exit from the House leadership likely puts a damper on his financial help for GOP House candidates.

The question to ask in Colorado is whether Cantor’s donations will make a difference for Beauprez, Buck and Lamborn (who likely received money from ERICPAC that hasn’t been reported yet) in their primaries.

 

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