CD-6 Money Then And Now

With campaigns getting busy in the last month before Election Day, Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo is still pretty comfortable financially.

According to the latest monetary reports, the Representative of Congressional District 6 had about six times more funds on hand than his Democratic challenger, Bill Winter. Tancredo also received some major real estate donations last month, while Winter raised a significant amount from various campaigns out west. Both candidates spent about the same, however.

In the last report, the Winter for Congress Committee had approximately $110,000 on hand, while the Tancredo for Congress Committee had around $626,000. Tancredo’s campaign also spent $71,337.21, while Winter’s camp spent $74,096.67.

In early August, Tancredo received $2,000 from the National Association of Home Builders Political Action Committee (PAC). Two days later, the National Association of Realtors PAC gave $5,000 to the Congresman.

Winter compensated by raising just over $19,000 in early August, with a good portion of the money coming from out-of-state campaigns, like Solis for Congress, or Friends of Joe Baca.

Even with the money, there are currently no records for early-August to now, making it hard to determine the financial status of both campaigns right at this moment.

Tomorrow, another potential presidential contender, Russ Feingold, will stump for Winter in Denver. Meanwhile, the Tancredo campaign has reportedly sent out mailings to unaffiliated voters, calling Winter a “wet finger” politician. 

Erin Rosa was born in Spain and raised in Colorado Springs. She is a freelance writer currently living in Denver. Rosa's work has been featured in a variety of news outlets including the Huffington Post, Democracy Now!, and the Rocky Mountain Chronicle, an alternative-weekly in Northern Colorado where she worked as a columnist covering the state legislature. Rosa has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on lobbying and woman's health issues. She was also tapped with a rare honorable mention award by the Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award in 2008--only the second such honor conferred in its nine-year history--for her investigative series covering the federal government's Supermax prison in the state. Rosa covers the labor community, corrections, immigration and government transparency matters. She can be reached at