Hickenlooper reports $1.1 million first-quarter haul

Gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper today disclosed that his campaign has raised more than $1.1 million since he entered the race in January. Fundraising disclosures for the first quarter of 2010 must be filed by next week. Official figures will not be released until May 3.

Republican candidate Scott McInnis reports raising $550,062 during the same time period. He raised just under $500,000 in the fourth quarter of 2009 and roughly $550,000 the quarter before that, giving him a fundraising head start of just more than $1 million dollars going into this quarter.

McInnis reported receiving donations from almost 2,000 people last quarter. Hickenlooper reported more than 5,000 total donors this quarter.

“Entering the race for governor was not a decision we made lightly. The encouragement we have received since then has been humbling,” said Hickenlooper in a prepared statement.

Governor Bill Ritter, who is not seeking re-election, raised around $4 million for his election in 2006, compared with around $3.5 million for his GOP opponent Bob Beauprez.

Hickenlooper raised about $2.2 million for his first mayoral bid in 2002. Analysts say Hickenlooper and McInnis each will need to raise between $3 million and $4 million by Election Day in November.

Hickenlooper’s campaign reports having almost $880,000 cash on hand.

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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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