Dan Maes, the grassroots Republican candidate for Colorado governor, reported less than $32,000 in campaign contributions for the June reporting period, according to his filing with the Secretary of State’s office late Tuesday night. By contrast, his Republican primary opponent, Scott McInnis, posted a respectable $170,000. And Democrat John Hickenlooper, raised over $500,000.
This low contributions number has to come as a disappointment to Maes supporters, as it is the first reporting period following Maes’ upset victory at the State Assembly, where Maes edged out establishment candidate, Scott McInnis. The campaign hoped the assembly win would convince contributors that Maes could win and backing him would be a good political investment. But the $32,000 total is essentially the same as what the Maes campaign raised in the prior reporting period.
Worse, the low fundraising report follows on the heels of news that Maes has just agreed to settle campaign finance violation charges with a fine of over $27,000. The violations involved improper reimbursements from the campaign to Maes directly for such things as mileage expenses.
Both of these campaign finance developments, combined with a recent poll, mean that Scott McInnis really is the only Republican candidate who can beat the popular, liberal Dem in moderate drag, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. Hopefully, McInnis will hop off his lofty perch, talk to the mainstream media and the bloggers, and stir up the grassroots base and fiscally conservative independents. Coloradans literally cannot afford a Hickenlooper victory.