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Hillary Clinton to appear with Polis at fundraiser for Colorado Democrats

Author: Ernest Luning - September 12, 2018 - Updated: September 13, 2018

Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally for her presidential campaign in Commerce City on Aug. 3, 2016. (File photo by Ernest Luning/Colorado Politics)

Former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is set to headline a high-dollar Denver fundraiser in late September for Colorado Democrats, including gubernatorial nominee U.S. Rep. Jared Polis.

The event, set for Sept. 23 at the northwest Denver home of former Interior Secretary and U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar and his wife, Hope, will raise funds ahead of the midterm election for the Democrats’ statewide coordinated campaign, dubbed the Fearless Project, party spokesman Eric Walker confirmed.

Ticket prices range from $1,000 to $10,000, and guests can chip in as much as an additional $33,900 for the Democratic National Committee.

According to the invitation, Polis — who is self-funding his campaign and limiting contributors to $100 donations — will be on hand. Other Democratic candidates are expected to attend, Walker said.

Two years ago, Clinton named Salazar to chair her transition team. Salazar was considered a potential Clinton running mate early in her presidential campaign.

Although she lost the 2016 presidential election in the Electoral College, Clinton won Colorado’s nine electoral votes, defeating Republican Donald Trump in the state by 4.9 points.

The White House has said Trump will maintain a heavy campaign schedule across the country through the November election, but so far Colorado doesn’t appear to be on his itinerary. Polis’ Republican opponent, State Treasurer Walker Stapleton, has embraced Trump, but a campaign spokesman said it’s unknown whether the president will appear on his behalf.

The RNC’s Kyle Kohli responded to news of Clinton’s planned fundraiser — first reported by The Colorado Sun — by highlighting disagreements among Democrats over health care policy. Polis, Kohli pointed out, supports a national single-payer health care system, while Clinton rejects the idea.

“While Democrats will feign unity, Clinton’s visit will only highlight how fractured their party is over disastrous ideas like socialized medicine,” Kohli said in a statement.

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.