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Democrat Jason Crow hauls in more than $460,000 in 1st-quarter fundraising

Author: Ernest Luning - April 10, 2018 - Updated: April 10, 2018

Democratic congressional candidate Jason Crow criticizes U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman's record on gun issues in a digital ad released by Crow's campaign on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (Via YouTube)Democratic congressional candidate Jason Crow criticizes U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman’s record on gun issues in a digital ad released by Crow’s campaign on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (Via YouTube)

Democrat Jason Crow plans to report raising $461,832 in the most recent fundraising quarter, bringing his total donations to  $1,259,532 since the attorney and Army veteran launched his campaign challenging five-term Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman one year ago this week.

For the quarter ending March 31, Crow, one of two Democrats running in a primary in Colorado’s swing 6th Congressional District, will report spending about $168,000, leaving $883,746 cash on hand, his campaign said. The first-time candidate, who isn’t taking donations from corporate PACs, has received contributions from more than 4,800 individuals donors with an average donation of $121.

Congressional candidates face an April 15 deadline to file quarterly campaign finance reports with the Federal Election Commission.

In a written statement, Crow took some swings at Coffman, who was first elected to the seat in 2008.

“I am humbled by the grassroots support that our campaign continues to receive. Once again, Coloradans have proven that they are ready for new leadership,” he said. “Over the last year, Mike Coffman has voted to raise taxes on the middle class, strip Medicare funding from seniors, and failed to stand up for gun safety while taking more money from the gun lobby than any other member of Congress in Colorado. We are not going to solve these problems by electing the same people that got us here. We need servant leadership in the 6th District and, with the support of so many Coloradans, we’ll be ready for a fight in November.”

Coffman won an unencumbered path to the GOP nomination at the district assembly Saturday when he held conservative activist Roger Edwards to around 25 percent of the delegate vote — short of the 30 percent the challenger would have needed to win a spot on the primary ballot.

Coffman, an Army and Marine Corps veteran who has held elected office in Colorado for nearly three decades, raised roughly $241,000 in the 4th quarter of 2017 — the most recent he’s reported — and brought in $1.22 million for the year. He had roughly $840,000 in the bank at the end of the year.

Crow is facing clean energy expert and author Levi Tillemann in a primary. Democrats convene at the party’s district assembly Thursday. Tillemann is also making a bid to qualify for the ballot via petition, which is under review by state officials.

At press time, Tillemann hadn’t reported his 1st-quarter fundraising.

The 6th District includes Aurora and portions of Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties. It’s been considered one of the most contested districts in the country for several cycles, and the battles between Coffman and a series of high-profile Democratic challengers have consistently ranked as the most expensive congressional races in the state. It’s never been represented by a Democrat.

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. For nearly a decade, he was a senior political reporter and occasional editor at The Colorado Statesman before the 119-year-old publication merged with Colorado Politics in 2017.