Statewide candidates spend on advertising, consulting in final weeks of primary campaigns


Statewide candidates had one more financial filing due before Tuesday’s primary election that outlined their fundraising and spending in the final few weeks of campaigning, and it was an expected mix of advertising, consulting and payroll costs.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Heidi Ganahl spent about $135,000 in her final push before the election, according to a June 27 filing that covers the reporting period between June 9 and June 22.

Her campaign spent about $74,000 on various media buys across radio and television through the Kansas City-based AX Media. Her campaign also bought $3,000 worth of advertising space in Colorado Community Media publications.

She brought in about $38,000 during the reporting period.

Incumbent Democratic Gov. Jared Polis spent about $103,500, despite not having a primary opponent. That included a $25,500 research payment to the consultant firm Ridder-Braden.

Polis’ campaign spent about $16,000 in digital advertising and $8,000 on digital media consulting. His campaign also listed a $20 expenditure to The Colorado Sun, which does not have a paywall but offers some paid products.

Polis raised about $18,000 in the reporting period.

Jena Griswold, the Democratic Secretary of State seeking re-election, spent about $113,000 during the reporting period; $90,000 of those expenditures went to television advertising purchases. Her campaign spent about $1,700 on a fundraising text messaging campaign.

Griswold, who is not facing a primary opponent, brought in about $114,000 in contributions.

Republican candidate for secretary of state Mike O’Donnell spent about $20,000. His campaign spent about $15,000 on texting services and $4,700 on promotional video production. He raised about $1,600.

Democratic Attorney General Phil Weiser, the incumbent, who is not facing a primary opponent, brought in about $57,000 and spent about $16,000 in the reporting period.

Weiser’s presumed opponent, Republican John Kellner, raised about $14,000 and spent about $14,500 in that time. He spent about $6,000 for fundraising, communications and grassroots consulting work through the Aurora-based Maybell Group.

Incumbent Treasurer Dave Young, a Democrat, brought in about $12,000 and spent about $8,000. His largest expenditure was a $4,000 printing cost for a fundraising letter.

The sole Republican running against Young, Lang Sias, reported about $6,000 in expenditures, mostly for consulting. He raised about $4,000.

As of Monday at 7 pm, Republican Greg Lopez, who is running for governor, Republican Tina Peters, who is running for secretary of state and Republican Pam Anderson, who is also running for secretary of financial state, had not filed their reports for the time period.

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