Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez’s Friday news release glowed about the campaign’s $261,000 haul during July as the biggest month for the campaign since the 2006 nominee entered the race in March and won the June 24 primary.
Despite that good news, incumbent Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper still outraised his challenger by bringing in more than $353,000 between June 26 and July 26. Hickenlooper has TV ads scheduled around the state for September and October, while Beauprez has yet to make a buy.
Still, after spending $527,000 to win the four-way GOP primary, expect Beauprez to put more cash into the main Nov. 4 event. He ended the latest fundraising period with more than $235,000 in the bank, compared with almost $769,000 for Hickenlooper, who has raised more than $3.5 million and spent almost $2.7 million.
It’s likely outside groups, such as the Republican Governor’s Association, will step in to help compensate for Beauprez’s lack of cash. That group already appears to have indirectly helped Beauprez win the primary, as Lynn Bartels reported last week.
Outside help is already on the way for Cynthia Coffman, the Republican nominee for attorney general, in the form of TV ads purchased by the Republican Attorneys General Association (more data on that here Monday). Think Progress reports that some of that money may have links to the billionaire Koch brothers, who are interested in a Colorado AG who won’t take on the oil and gas energy.
Plus, Democratic candidate Don Quick has out-raised Coffman consistently and didn’t have to spend any money fighting off a potential primary challenger, as Coffman did. Coffman’s boss, GOP Attorney General John Suthers, is term-limited.
In other races, Democrat Joe Neguse continues to out-raise Republican Wayne Williams in the race for Secretary of State, which is being vacated by failed GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Gessler. And incumbent Treasurer Walker Stapleton continues to outpace his Democratic challenger Betsy Markey, though Markey will show up in the ad buys for last week.
Here’s a look at the latest in state candidate fundraising: