Ament falling behind Stapleton in raising campaign cash

Widely seen as the front-runner for the GOP nomination for Colorado state treasurer, J.J. Ament has fallen badly behind Walker Stapleton in fund raising. As of the end of June, Stapleton had amassed more than $226,000 in cash to spend between now and the August primary. Ament has just $76,000 on hand.

For the month of June, Ament raised just over $7,500, while spending almost $21,000. Stapleton raised just over $11,000 and spent just over $65,000.

In what has already been an unusually combative race, incumbent Democrat Cary Kennedy handily out-raised the pair of Republicans, pulling in $66,000 last month while spending almost $280,000. She ended the month with almost $66,000 in the bank.

In the attorney general’s race, Republican incumbent John Suthers edged out Democrat challenger Stan Garnett, pulling in almost $85,000 compared to Garnett’s $55,948. Suthers, though, has a large lead in cash reserves with $284,122 in the bank compared to just over $25,000 for Garnett.

In the secretary of state’s race, Democrat incumbent Bernie Buescher enjoys a comfortable fund-raising lead over challenger Scott Gessler. In June, Buescher raised just over $29,000, spent almost $9,000, and ends the period with $105,656 in the bank. Gessler raised just under $15,000 in June, spending $7,745, and ending the month with $32,508 in the bank.

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Scot Kersgaard

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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