Doug Robinson reports solid fundraising haul
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.”