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Republican AGs add to Brauchler’s airtime in Colorado

Author: Joey Bunch - July 30, 2018 - Updated: July 31, 2018


Are you sick of this ad yet? Well, stay tuned.

The Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) was on the air in Colorado immediately after the June 26 primary. Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler didn’t have a primary contender, as Democratic nominee Phil Weiser fought off state Rep. Joe Salazar in the most interesting contest of the election year so far.

So the national group that’s known to invest heavily in keeping the state’s top prosecutor a fellow Republican is pumping more money behind the ad “Protect,” touting Brauchler’s prosecutorial prowess.

Colorado Freedom, RAGA’s independent expenditure committee in Colorado, just bought another two weeks of airtime to extend the ad’s exposure in on broadcast channels in Colorado Springs and Grand Junction and on cable and satellite for metro Denver and the rest of the state.

That’s costing RAGA a crisp $235,000 and ups its total investment — still 100 days before the election to just under $535,000.

“George Brauchler is a career prosecutor, an Army colonel and a problem-solver,” Scott Will, RAGA’s executive director, tells Colorado Politics. “He is exactly what Coloradans expect and deserve in their attorney general. We are excited to continue to share with Coloradans why George Brauchler will keep their communities safe.”

Weiser released his first statewide ad in May, and it ran through the primary. The Democratic Attorneys General Association has not yet announced a spending plan for Colorado.

Editor’s note: This story was corrected to up the amount of money RAGA has spent in Colorado. The organization told Colorado Politics it forgot to include its initial ad buy.

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.