Who’s funding Doug Robinson’s campaign?

Contributions to campaign*: $360,763 in contributions, plus $300,000 Robinson loaned his own campaign.

Balance minus expenses: $429,794

Contributions to independent expenditure committee** supporting the candidate:

$107,500 —Build Colorado’s Future. The largest donors to the IEC were the candidate’s uncle, Mitt Romney of Holladay, Utah ($25,000); Ole Jensen of Englewood ($25,000); Perry Haney of Greenwood Village ($15,000); Charles McNeil of Englewood ($10,000); Grant Whiteside of Cherry Hills Village ($10,000); and William Armstrong III of Greenwood Village ($10,000).

General donor profile

Total raised from large contributors ($1,000 to the maximum allowable $1,150): $279,550 from 245 individuals and one PAC, or 77.49 percent of all donations.

Total raised from out-of-state contributors: $98,324 from 157 individuals and one PAC with out-of-state addresses.

Top sectors associated with donors: Nearly 40 percent of Robinson’s donors declined to specify an occupation. Of those donors who did provide an occupation, the most common and highest donating occupations were:

General business: 108 donors giving a combined $74,276

Real estate: 39 donors giving a combined $24,324 in donations

Attorney/Legal: 32 donors, $19,665 in donations

Consultants: 38 donors, $19,170 in donations

Companies with greatest number of donors and/or donations: 

The largest amount donated by people employed by the same company was $9,200 from employees of Nexgen Resources and their spouses.

The top employer in terms of number of donors was Robinson’s most recent employer, KPMG. Thirteen donors from KPMG gave a total of $4,200.

The third highest employer in both measures was Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP, a large civil-litigation law firm based in Denver. Five employees and two of their spouses gave a combined $4,800 to Robinson’s campaign.

Top family donors:

Romneys: Robinson’s maternal uncle, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Romney’s wife, four of their five sons, two daughters-in-law and Mitt’s former sister-in-law donated a combined $9,700 to Robinson’s campaign committee, or 2.69 percent of the total.

Robinsons & Carlson: Robinson’s wife, Diane Carlson, donated the maximum amount, as did her brother, Steven, and his wife, Carol.

Robinson’s brother Greg, sister Kristen and brother-in-law Ken also donated the maximum, while his brother Tim of Alpine, Utah, gave $500.

All but the youngest of Robinson’s five children, two of whom are in college, contributed between $1,000 and the maximum, for a total of $4,400.

All told, Robinson’s wife, her siblings, his siblings and their children donated a combined $11,800 to his gubernatorial campaign.

Jensens: Denver’s Ole Jensen, an oral surgeon, his wife, Martha, and his son and daughter-in-law Sverre and Erin donated a combined $2,700 to Robinson’s campaign.

McNeils: Charles and Judith McNeil, well-known Denver-area philanthropists, also donated the maximum to both Robinson and Williams in 2017. So did Charles’s sister, Linda, and the couple’s daughter Kealey Reynolds, son-in-law Clay, son Ryan, daughter-in-law Erin, son Travis and daughter-in-law Celeste. All told, the McNeil family donated $10,350 to Robinson’s campaign.

Data compiled by Crystal Eilerman  from Jan. 16, 2018 campaign disclosure statements, which cover the last quarter of 2017 and are the most recent candidate filings with the Colorado Secretary of State. The next filing deadline is May 7. 
**Independent expenditure committees can accept unlimited contributions, but how such committees spend that money cannot be controlled or coordinated by the candidate.

The research on the donations to the major candidates for governor of Colorado from both parties was conducted by graduate students in the precision journalism class at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The instructor is Burt Hubbard, former data base reporter for the Rocky Mountain News, Denver Post and Rocky Mountain PBS. The students providing the research are: Giselle Cesin, Amanda Clark, Crystal Eilerman, Joseph Getty, Anne Henning, Rey-Lynn Little, Shannon Mullane, Heather Sackett and Jentry Womack.

Photo courtesy of the Robinson campaign

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