Tancredo hauling in the bucks — but still trails Hickenlooper badly

American Constitution Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo has now raised more money in his run for governor — which began barely a month ago — than Republican Dan Maes has raised in nearly two years.

Reports filed with the Colorado Secretary of State’s office Tuesday for the period of Sept. 2-15 show Tancredo has now raised a total of just over $318,000 compared with just over $255,000 for Maes.

In the two-week period, Tancredo brought in just over $120,000 compared with $14,467 for Maes, who just a few days ago pledged to raise $500,000 in a single day.

In the last two weeks, Tancredo has out-raised Maes by a factor of more than 8 to 1.

Democrat John Hickenlooper has raised nearly $3 million to date, or almost six times the total of the two conservatives. The money race is tightening, though, as Hickenlooper brought in less than double Tancredo’s take in the last two weeks, with $218,388 raised in that period.

Hickenlooper has $228,629 in the bank, Tancredo has $80,503 on hand and Maes has just under $24,000.

Tancredo campaign manager Bay Buchanan issued this statement: “Dan Maes said he would make history. Well he has. Dan raised less money in a reporting period than any other Republican candidate for Governor of Colorado ever has. Congratulations, Dan.”

It isn’t just raising money that Maes has trouble with. His filing of campaign finance reports has also been problematic.

He is delinquent on $3,000 in fines and there is some expectation that he may ultimately have to answer for the fact that he recently “returned” $300 to well-known Republican activist Freda Poundstone, without ever having reported receiving any money from Poundstone.

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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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