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$1 million a week is being spent on TV ads in Coffman-Crow race, analysis shows

The 6th Congressional District race between U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman and challenger Jason Crow reached toward another milestone: $1 million in television commercials in a single week. The big money  — mostly from party committees and outside organizations — represents nearly half of all TV ad spending in Colorado this election cycle, according to The […]

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Jared Polis spent $39.79 per vote in the primaries. That’s nothing compared to other self-funded candidates.

The $18.4 million Jared Polis has spent from his own pocket to become Colorado governor is setting statewide records and drawing complaints from his opponent that the Democrat is trying to buy the election. But so far, the self-funding is relatively moderate compared to other gubernatorial candidates around the nation. Polis ranks fifth in the […]

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Jared Polis becomes first candidate to air negative TV ad in 2018 general election

Democratic Jared Polis is fighting back against a barrage of attack ads against him with his own negative spot. His campaign for governor began airing a TV ad Friday that blasts his Republican opponent Walker Stapleton for “false claims” and “negative ads.” It concludes by calling Stapleton “Donald Trump’s Yes Man.” That’s the first negative […]

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UPDATE: A guide to the outside money paying for TV ads and more in Colorado’s governor’s race

Updated on Oct. 10, 3 p.m. The big spending in the race for Colorado governor is not coming entirely from Democrat Jared Polis and Republican Walker Stapleton. The two candidates reported raising nearly $23.5 million so far, with nearly $20 million in personal contributions from Polis and $1 million from Stapleton. Even though the campaigns […]

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Campaign ads in Colorado: Why they matter and what they tell you about the candidates

If you watch TV, you’ve seen the ads: Radicalifornia, missed meetings, high taxes, and on and on. And it isn’t just the race for governor. There’s the 6th Congressional District, state Senate seats and ballot initiatives. If you watched all the political ads booked so far this year, it would take nearly 68 straight days. […]

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$9.2 million and counting: Mike Coffman, Jason Crow congressional race poised to set TV ad records

Coloradans are on track to view more than $19 million worth of TV advertising — at the least — during the run-up to the Nov. 6 general election. And nearly half is flowing to the 6th Congressional District, where Republican incumbent Mike Coffman is trying to fend off Democratic challenger Jason Crow in a district that backed Hillary Clinton in 2016. The total spent on […]

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Walker Stapleton calls in the cavalry for fundraising help ahead of Labor Day

Colorado candidates face a fundraising test this week as the Wednesday deadline approaches on the pre-Labor Day report and Republican Walker Stapleton is probably the candidate feeling the heat the most. He ended the gubernatorial primary period with just $302,000 cash in the bank, compared to $1.3 million for Democrat Jared Polis. In a recent interview, Stapleton dismissed […]

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Colorado business leaders are behind dark-money political group spending big on state Senate races

A nonprofit with large donors from the oil and gas industry is spending big on cable TV ads to help Republicans in four state Senate contests. The Colorado Economic Leadership Fund is spending $621,370 on ads, according to cable TV contracts filed last week with the Federal Communications Commission. The ads began airing Aug. 22 and are set to […]