Democrats vying for Boebert’s seat see higher share of in-state donations

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Democrat Adam Frisch’s share of campaign donations made by Coloradans between July and September was more than double that of Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert as the two head into a potential rematch for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District next year.

Frisch pulled in nearly $3.4 million during the last fundraising quarter — nearly half of the total amount he raised in the 2022 election cycle. He has already out-raised himself for this election cycle compared to 2022 by $1 million.

Boebert reported about $854,000 in contributions for the quarter, which ended in September.

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Of the itemized individual contributions Frisch listed in his most recent campaign filing, about 68% of the money came from Colorado-based donors. In comparison, about 32% of Boebert’s itemized contribution dollars came from inside the state.

In-state contributions can indicate grassroots support, since the donors can also be prospective volunteers and voters.

Frisch, a former Aspen City Council member, nearly unseated Boebert during last year’s midterm elections. She retained her seat by just 546 votes during an unexpectedly close race that saw little attention from national groups and political parties. That sets the stage for an expensive 2024 race in the district with a high level of national involvement and outside spending, no matter who gets the Democratic nomination.

Frisch brought in about $17,000 from various political action committees, including the Voter Protection Project, the Center Aisle PAC and Sen. Chris Coons’ Blue Hen PAC. His campaign said he is not taking donations from corporate PACS.

Boebert’s approximately $70,000 in PAC contributions came largely from the House Freedom Fund, and she also received money from the National Rifle Association’s political fund, Montana Rep. Matt Rosendale’s 406 PAC and North Carolina Rep. Matt Bishop’s Tar Heel Prosperity PAC.

Frisch has about $4.3 million in cash on hand, while Boebert has about $1.4 million.

Republican Jeff Hurd is challenging Boebert in the Republican primary for the seat. He brought in about $412,000 in his first quarter of fundraising, and about 75% of that money came from within Colorado. Hurd received donations from Mesa County Commissioner Cody Davis, who publicly dropped support for Boebert recently; Grand Junction City Council member Cody Kennedy; chancellor emeritus of the University of Denver Daniel Ritchie; and former Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers.

Grand Junction Mayor Anna Stout, who is running for the Democratic nomination, raised about $101,000 over the previous quarter. Of her itemized contributions, over 90% of the money came from Colorado donors. That includes a donation from Rifle City Council member Sean Strode.

The other Republican running for the nomination, Russ Andrews, reported raising about $289,000 during the quarter. A little over $250,000 of that came from a personal loan. Not counting that loan, about 40% of his itemized contributions came from Colorado.

Other House races

The other congressional race in Colorado likely to receive national attention next year is in the new 8th District, currently represented by Democratic Rep. Yadira Caraveo.

Caraveo narrowly won that seat. She brought in about $454,000 during the recent quarter. Of her itemized contributions, about 25% of the money was from Colorado donors.

She is facing two Republican challengers in Weld County Commissioner Scott James and state Rep. Gabe Evans, both of whom had larger shares of Colorado donors. James reported about $110,000 in contributions during the quarter, about two-thirds of which came from in the state.

Evans, who announced his candidacy in September, raised about $103,000, $20,000 of which came from personal loans. About 36% of his itemized contributions, not counting his loan, came from Colorado.

Caraveo has much deeper pockets than James and Evans. She has about $900,000 in cash on hand, compared to Evans’ $96,000 and James’ $79,000.

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