Who’s funding Jared Polis’s campaign?

Contributions to campaign*: $1.5 million, nearly all of which comes from Polis himself. He has limited contributions from other people to $100 each.

Balance minus expenses: $366,512

Contributions to independent expenditure committee on behalf of candidate: n/a

General donor profile

Total raised from large contributors ($1,000 to the maximum allowable $1,150): In general, large donations over $1,000 made up for 90 percent of all cash contributions and nearly all of it from Polis.

Percent raised from out-of-state contributors: Out-of-state donations made up 1.22 percent of all contributions. Most out-of-state donors live in Washington, D.C., followed by California and New York. Most of Polis’ in-state donations came from Boulder County and the greater Denver area. 

Top sectors associated with donors:  Only 45 percent of the donations can be matched to a donor’s occupation in Polis’s filing. 

Science and Technology: $5,988 or 4 percent of donations

Financial/Investment/Real Estate: $9,355 or 6 percent of donations

Teachers/Students: $4,643 or 3 percent of donations

Companies with greatest number of donors and/or donations: 

Colorado State University: $583, seven donors

State of Colorado: $520, six donors

Baker Technologies $500, five donors

*Data compiled by Anne Hennig 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. 

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 Polis campaign

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