Kelly Brough leads the pack in fundraising, while Rep. Leslie Herod leads in spending. Outside political groups, meanwhile, have crossed the $1 million spending threshold.
How to tell who’s behind political messages flooding screens in Colorado ahead of the 2020 election
The television commercials are airing during Denver Broncos games. The mailers are filling the postal box. The texts are popping up on the phone. When they arrive, a series of questions come to mind: Who’s paying for these political messages? Are they truthful? What do the folks behind them want? The 2020 election has driven […]
Ethics complaints. Big spending. A criminal allegation. This may be the nastiest campaign in Colorado.
Suzanne Staiert’s state Senate campaign slogan is “Practical. Not Political.” But the Republican competing for an open Centennial seat is finding herself in the midst of a political maelstrom and new questions are surfacing about her work as a lawyer. Staiert is representing a dark money nonprofit whose affiliated super PAC spent $175,000 on advertising […]
Nonprofit cash being spent in Colorado campaigns still impossible to trace despite 2019 law
Outside groups spent nearly $1.7 million on eight highly contested Colorado legislative primary races. But it isn’t always easy to figure out where the money came from, despite a 2019 law touted as bringing more transparency to a system that includes cash from dark-money funded nonprofits that don’t disclose their donors. In other instances, discerning […]
Dark money group drops $500,000 to help put a paid family leave initiative on November ballot
A dark money Democratic powerhouse is fueling a potential ballot initiative to require paid sick leave. Sixteen Thirty Fund put $500,000 into Colorado Families First, an issue committee that is aiming to put the measure on the November ballot, according to new campaign finance reports filed this week. Sixteen Thirty, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit that […]
Ahead of Super Tuesday, TV ad spending tops $9.4 million in Colorado thanks to one big spender
Democratic presidential candidates spent $9.4 million on nearly 32,000 TV ads in Colorado with a handful of contenders targeting the state just as Super Tuesday arrives. The campaigns of Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg, a super PAC supporting Amy Klobuchar, and even President Donald Trump took to Colorado’s TV screens in the last […]