Stapleton event raises money for governor’s race at Mike Shanahan’s house

Author: Joey Bunch - October 17, 2017 - Updated: October 18, 2017

Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton fires up the crowd at the Colorado Republican Party's Election Night party in Greenwood Village on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. (Photo by Mike McKibbin/Colorado Statesman)Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton fires up the crowd at the Colorado Republican Party’s Election Night party in Greenwood Village last November. (Photo by Mike McKibbin/Colorado Politics file photo)

Who needs a super PAC?

Apparently not Walker Stapleton.

Better Colorado Now, an independent expenditure committee, is allegedly lining up big bucks and big names to back the state treasurer’s run for governor, including support from the Denver Broncos’ general manager (and icon), John Elway, and team president Joe Ellis.

Stapleton for Colorado, the candidate’s actual committee, is doing just fine on its own. On Nov. 7 former Broncos’ Super Bowl head coach Mike Shanahan is holding a fundraiser for Stapleton at the coach’s Cherry Hills Village.

The price is $1,150 a person to join the host committee — and $2,300 a couple, according to an invitation obtained by Colorado Politics.

The cost is $500 to attend, but you’ll be in good company.

The host committee includes many of the same supporters of Better Colorado Now, including Gregg Engles, the chairman of the super PAC.

Better Colorado Nows’ donors, which Colorado Politics first told you about Tuesday morning, also includes Shanahan co-hosts Ellis, George Solich, former University of Denver chancellor Dan Ritchie, Liberty Media president and CEO Greg Maffei, MDC Holdings chairman and CEO Larry Mizel and others.

The invitation includes other top-tier Republicans, including the state’s last GOP governor, Bill Owens, with Meredith and Pete Coors, Libby Anschutz and Jeff Allen, Maria Garcia Berry, Denver’s Union Station redeveloper Mark Falcone.

“Walker is putting together a grassroots team and fundraising apparatus capable of defeating Jared Polis in the general electionm:” said his campaign consultant Michael Fortney. “The business community understands the devastating impacts of a Gov. Jared Polis, thats why they are coalescing around Walker. I will let the other candidate’s fundraising numbers speak for themselves, we are focusing on what we need to get done to win this race.”

Stapleton is the presumed frontrunner in a crowded field of Republicans that includes Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler, entrepreneur Victor Mitchell and retired investment banker Doug Robinson, who is the nephew of former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

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.