Doug Robin­son re­ports solid fundrais­ing haul

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By John Frank

Doug Robin­son is a first­time can­di­date mak­ing a splash in the Colorado gov­er­nor’s race.

The for­mer in­vest­ment banker told The Den­ver Post on Fri­day that he raised $208,000 in the first two months of his cam­paign and do­nated an­other $57,000 from his own pocket.

The max­i­mum donors in­clude his un­cle, Mitt Rom­ney, the for­mer Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee who re­mains a GOP heavy­weight.

Robin­son is the first GOP con­tender in the crowded 2018 gov­er­nor’s race to of­fer a glimpse at his sec­ond-quar­ter fundrais­ing num­bers ahead of the fil­ing dead­line later this month.

The re­ports will of­fer an in­side look at the can­di­dates’ abil­ity to raise money — a key com­po­nent to whether they can win the party’s nomination and com­pete in the gen­eral elec­tion.

Robin­son will re­port $175,000 on hand as of July 1 af­ter spend­ing about $83,000 to help boost his name iden­ti­fi­ca­tion given his new­comer sta­tus to pol­i­tics.

The cam­paign said 69 per­cent of the 300-plus donors were from Colorado and the fundrais­ing to­tals bested pre­vi­ous marks by Repub­li­can can­di­dates in prior gov­er­nor’s races.

The ex­pense re­ports are ex­pected to show he hired Strate­gic Part­ners and Me­dia, one of the top Repub­li­can con­sul­tants in the na­tion, to guide his cam­paign. SPM’s po­lit­i­cal clients have in­cluded Rom­ney, for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio.

Robin­son de­clined to say how much of his own money he planned to in­vest in his cam­paign, but sug­gested it could be sig­nif­i­cant.

The gov­er­nor’s race may in­clude other can­di­dates with deep pock­ets.

So far busi­ness­man and for­mer state Rep. Vic­tor Mitchell has do­nated $3 mil­lion from his own bank ac­count to the cam­paign.

“Self-fund­ing doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily work,” Robin­son said.

“Once peo­ple give you money, they are likely to vote for you and they are likely to tell their friends and they are likely to give you sup­port and they are likely to reach out.”

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