The Office of Political Gravy Making
Do you know how many Coloradans donated money to me in the first quarter? None. That’s bull***!
Colorado political donors love them some Obama, according to first quarter fundraising reports. Dan Whipple of Colorado Confidential breaks down the numbers:
Coloradans donated $929,780 to seven Democratic presidential candidates in the fundraising cycle that ended March 31 — but more than 60 percent of it, $565,077 went to the campaign of Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois.
If money talks, Colorado Democrats are shouting for Obama. The Illinois senator collected more than three times as much as the second place candidate, a surprisingly strong showing of $151,700 for New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.
Former South Carolina Sen. John Edwards raised more in the state — $77,850 — than did national frontrunner Hillary Clinton, $73,935. Christopher Dodd raised $47,000; Joe Biden, $10,600 and Dennis Kucinich, $3,618.
In all, 942 individuals gave money to the candidates during this cycle, 522 of them supporting Obama. Richardson had 146 different individual donors; Edwards, 122; Clinton, 96; Dodd, 40; Biden, 13; and Kucinich, 3.
Karen Crummy of The Denver Post has more on the Republican candidates:
On the Republican side, Mitt Romney was the big Colorado fundraiser, collecting $374,575. Trailing Romney was former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani with $102,101 and Arizona Sen. John McCain with $76,865.
Speaking of Presidential candidates, Sen. Wayne Allard joined a growing contingent of Colorado Republicans in backing Mitt Romney for President. As M.E. Sprengelmeyer of the Rocky Mountain News reports:
Colorado’s senior U.S. senator has endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the crowded race for the Republican presidential nomination.
Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Loveland, touted Romney as someone who could come from outside Washington and bring needed change.
“After reviewing Governor Romney’s impressive r