Rep. Salazar challenger Beeson sees less-than-bountiful fundraising results

Martin Beeson, the Republican Western Slope prosecutor who accused U.S. Rep. John Salazar of “confiscating destiny’s bounty” when he announced in May he was running for Salazar’s 3rd Congressional District seat, needs to do a little more campaign cash confiscating of his own, according to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent.

Acknowledging that with 15 months to go before the 2010 election it’s a bit early to be counting coffers, the paper noted that Salazar, a three-term Democrat, has raised nearly 50 times more money than Beeson and has nearly 100 times more cash on hand.

Citing OpenSecrets.org, the paper reported Salazar raised $279,626 in the last reporting period ending June 30 compared to $6,100 for Beeson, and had $588,010 on hand compared to $6,063 for Beeson.

In announcing his candidacy in May, Beeson went after Salazar for his profligate spending on the House Appropriations Committee:

“As Americans, we must re-summon our courage and stand anew for that central value — freedom. Freedom to pursue the destiny God has designed for each of us without fear of Congress confiscating and redistributing destiny’s bounty through the House Appropriations Committee.”

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