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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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A quick rundown of the top five election 2018 races in Colorado

Here’s a quick rundown of the top five races in Colorado (excluding ballot questions; we’ll cover those later) in less than 200 words: Governor’s race: Democrat Jared Polis v. Republican Walker Stapleton THE NARRATIVE: The two major candidates easily won their primaries, picked little-known lawmakers as their running mates and then spent the summer shifting their messages […]

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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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Koch brothers political network makes its election 2018 picks in Colorado

Americans for Prosperity, the political arm of the Koch political network, will endorse Walker Stapleton in the governor’s race along with two state Senate candidates, The Colorado Sun has learned. The organization, backed by The Seminar Network, an effort led by conservative billionaire Charles Koch, is preparing to spend significant sums to elect Stapleton and keep the state Senate in Republican […]

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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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TV ad battle begins in 6th Congressional District race between Mike Coffman, Jason Crow

The Congressional Leadership Fund began running a blistering television ad that calls Democrat Jason Crow “another all-talk, no-action politician,” and attacks him for missing a third of meetings of the state’s Board of Veterans Affairs, of which he was a member for five years. The 30-second spot accuses him of turning “his back on Colorado’s veterans.” Crow and his campaign […]

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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 […]

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Campaign cash: Jared Polis writes a check, big money in the attorney general’s race and more

The spending pace set by candidates for statewide office hasn’t slowed since the primary, with U.S. Rep. Jared Polis pouring another $1.6 million into his own campaign for Colorado governor, according the first round of general election campaign finance reports. Polis’ campaign technically took in $1,633,486 between June 28 and July 27, but just $33,486 […]