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Crow sets 6th CD record, tops $1 million in quarterly fundraising

Author: Ernest Luning - July 11, 2018 - Updated: July 11, 2018

Democrat Jason Crow appears in a 30-second TV ad released by his campaign on Monday, May 28, 2018. Crow is one of two Democrats running in a primary for the 6th Congressional District seat held by Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman. (Via YouTube)Democrat Jason Crow in a campaign TV ad. (Crow campaign via YouTube)

Democrat Jason Crow plans to report raising more than $1 million for the just-completed second fundraising quarter of the year, more than any candidate in the battleground 6th Congressional District has raised for the same period in previous elections, including five-term Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman.

Crow, who isn’t taking contributions from corporate political action committees, announced Wednesday that he raised $1,003,588 for the quarter ending June 30 and had $1,295,458 on hand. His campaign said that 95 percent of this quarter’s contributions are from individual donors.

Coffman reported $1.36 million in the bank at the end of a pre-primary reporting period a month ago but had yet to file his quarterly report at press time. Reports are due to the Federal Election Commission by July 15.

“We’re going to win this race because the grassroots energy in this district is ready for a new generation of servant leadership,” Crow said in a statement. “Coloradans are ready to tell Mike Coffman that you don’t need corporate Super PAC dollars to win a campaign. You just need the better ideas and the willingness to put people first.”

One of only around two dozen Republicans nationwide who represent districts carried by Democrat Hillary Clinton in the last election, Coffman again finds himself targeted by national Democrats. Well-funded challengers have tried to unseat him for the past three cycles in what has reliably been the state’s most expensive congressional contest.

The spending this year is already adding up.

The House Majority PAC, a Democratic super PAC aligned with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, has booked $1.76 million in TV ad buys in the Denver market. In April, the Republican Congressional Leadership PAC said it reserved $2.3 million worth of fall TV advertising to defend Coffman as part of its initial nationwide ad buy in key districts.

Crow defeated Levi Tillemann by about a two-to-one margin in the June 26 Democratic primary. According to media consultants, Crow spent more than $200,000 on a TV ad campaign in the closing weeks of that race.

Coffman’s campaign manager, Tyler Sandberg, on Wednesday tweeted a message he sent at the end of the last fundraising quarter, when Crow also reported a big haul.

“The CD6 race is close every two years — until the votes are counted,” Sandberg wrote. “Bring It, Pelosi.”


Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. For nearly a decade, he was a senior political reporter and occasional editor at The Colorado Statesman before the 119-year-old publication merged with Colorado Politics in 2017.