Pet­tersen leads fundrais­ing pack

Three Democrats seek to re­place U.S. Rep. Perl­mut­ter in 7th Con­gres­sional District

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Jesse Paul and Mark K. Matthews

State Rep. Brittany Pet­tersen won the first money bat­tle in the race to re­place U.S. Rep. Ed Perl­mut­ter, sur­pass­ing the spring fundrais­ing of two fel­low Democrats — state Sens. Do­minick Moreno and Andy Kerr — in a pri­mary fight likely to de­ter­mine who will next rep­re­sent Colorado’s 7th Con­gres­sional District.

In all, Pet­tersen hauled in $170,195 be­tween April 1 and June 30, much more than the roughly $100,000 raised by Kerr and nearly $85,000 gath­ered by Moreno since they an­nounced their runs, ac­cord­ing to cam­paign re­ports and fed­eral fil­ings.

“I’m proud that our cam­paign was able to gen­er­ate so much early sup­port and en­thu­si­asm in the first quar­ter and I look for­ward to tak­ing on Don­ald Trump and the Repub­li­cans in Congress,” Pet­tersen said in a state­ment.

The 7th District race be­gan this spring when Perl­mut­ter an­nounced a run for gov­er­nor. He dropped out of that race last week but said he wouldn’t seek re-elec­tion to Congress — leav­ing the fight largely in the hands of the Demo­cratic trio.

The 7th District cov­ers parts of Adams and Jef­fer­son coun­ties and leans Demo­cratic. It went for Hil­lary Clin­ton over Trump and, as of last Novem­ber, about 35 per­cent of ac­tive vot­ers were reg­is­tered as Democrats com­pared with about 27 per­cent for Repub­li­cans.

5th District

Mean­while, U.S. Rep. Doug Lam­born could be in trou­ble.

New fil­ings with the Fed­eral Elec­tion Com-

mis­sion show Lam­born, a six-term law­maker from Colorado Springs, raised about a third as much money this spring as fel­low Repub­li­can and state Sen. Owen Hill.

Be­tween April 1 and June 30, Lam­born net­ted about $73,000 in cam­paign cash — far be­low the $228,000 raised by Hill, ac­cord­ing to the re­ports.

There was a ma­jor dif­fer­ence, too, in how the two men got their money. Most of Lam­born’s con­tri­bu­tions — to the tune of $62,500 — came from po­lit­i­cal ac­tion com­mit­tees, or PACs.

As is typ­i­cal for chal­lengers, Hill re­ceived far less, just $5,000, from PACs that rep­re­sent com­pa­nies or spe­cial in­ter­est groups. That came in the form of one $5,000 check from the Amer­i­can Hospi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion.

Much of Lam­born’s PAC money was tied to the con­gres­sional com­mit­tees on which he serves: Armed Ser­vices and Nat­u­ral Re­sources. He re­ceived plenty of money from com­pa­nies with mil­i­tary con­tracts, such as $1,000 from Boe­ing, $2,000 from Honey­well and $4,000 from Lock­heed Martin. En­ergy com­pa­nies also contributed, in­clud­ing $1,000 from the Black Hills Corp. and $1,000 from Cloud Peak En­ergy.

De­spite the slow quar­ter, Lam­born still has a lot more money in his cam­paign cof­fers. He re­ported a cash-on­hand re­serve of about $379,000 — much more than Hill’s $193,000, though hardly the im­pos­ing war chest that in­cum­bents of­ten boast.

Lam­born likely will need the cash to de­fend his Repub­li­can-lean­ing seat against two GOP chal­lengers in Colorado’s 5th Con­gres­sional District. Dar­ryl Glenn, who failed last year in his bid to un­seat U.S. Sen. Michael Ben­net, a Colorado Demo­crat, has joined Hill in op­pos­ing Lam­born.

The in­cum­bent’s cam­paign spend­ing over the past three months in­cludes about $5,600 in pay­ments to Triple Star Ser­vices, a book­keep­ing ser­vice run by his wife, Jean Lam­born.

It’s far from the first time that Lam­born has paid his wife from his cam­paign cof­fers — a prac­tice that’s come un­der crit­i­cism be­fore.

Since 2011, Jean Lam­born or her com­pany have re­ceived about $94,000 from his cam­paign, ac­cord­ing to fed­eral elec­tion records.

6th District

An­other Colorado in­cum­bent, U.S. Rep. Mike Coff­man, R-Aurora, didn’t ap­pear to share Lam­born’s fundrais­ing trou­bles.

Coff­man re­ported get­ting $352,504 in con­tri­bu­tions be­tween April 1 and June 30 with about half — just over $170,000 — com­ing from po­lit­i­cal ac­tion com­mit­tees.

Among those PAC con­tri­bu­tions was $1,500 from the Rolls-Royce North Amer­ica PAC, $4,000 from the Honey­well In­ter­na­tional PAC, $1,000 from the Lock­heed Martin PAC, $2,000 from the Boe­ing Po­lit­i­cal Ac­tion Com­mit­tee and $1,000 from the Gen­eral Dy­nam­ics Cor­po­ra­tion Po­lit­i­cal Plan. All are in­volved in the de­fense in­dus­try, and Coff­man sits on the House Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee.

He had $505,572 on hand at the end of last month.

His Demo­crat op­po­nent, Ja­son Crow, a Den­ver at­tor­ney, raised $287,581 in con­tri­bu­tions with $20,000 com­ing from po­lit­i­cal ac­tion com­mit­tees, in­clud­ing $2,000 from the PAC for Mary­land Con­gress­man Steny Hoyer, a fel­low Demo­crat. Crow re­ported hav­ing $247,278 on hand at the end of last month.

Also com­pet­ing for Coff­man’s seat is Demo­crat Levi Tille­mann, a tech en­trepreneur and Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion alum who an­nounced his cam­paign last week. Aurora at­tor­ney David Aarestad and Gabriel McArthur, who was a Bernie San­ders del­e­gate, are in the race as Democrats, too.

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