States of Play: Who raised more money from inside Colorado in the big race for governor?

We know Democrat Jared Polis and Republican Victor Mitchell, both multimillionaires, are fueling their own campaigns with their own money in their quests to become the next Colorado governor.

And we have a pretty good idea how much money the rest of the candidates have raised, and how much they’re spending on TV ads.

But where’s the money coming from?

Today, a look – mostly in graphics – at in-state versus out-of-state campaign contributions.

First, the candidates total fundraising and the amount that came from Colorado:

Polis’ money is 99.7 percent from Colorado. It’s also 97.3 percent from his own pocket.

Second among the six candidates raising more than $100,000 total is former state treasurer Cary Kennedy, also a Democrat, at 87 percent of her funding coming from Colorado.

Former state Sen. Michael Johnston, also a Democrat, has raised the least amount of in-state money among the eight candidates. We emailed the Johnson campaign for a response, and will update when it’s received.

Here’s a look at the breakdowns for each candidate. (“Other” indicates smaller contributions from multiple states.)


Former Democratic state Sen. Michael Johnston

Former Democratic state treasurer Cary Kennedy


Democratic Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne

Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis

Former Parker Mayor Greg Lopez

Businessman and former state Rep. Victor Mitchell

Businessman Doug Robinson

Treasurer Walker Stapleton

Then there are the five super PACs, or independent spending committees. They can take unlimited contributions and spend unlimited amounts of money supporting or opposing candidates. But they aren’t supposed to coordinate with those candidate campaigns.

The top fundraiser, Frontier Fairness PAC, backed largely former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, is supporting Johnston. It received only 16 percent of its funding from Colorado.

But that was more than Bold Colorado, which is supporting Polis. It received only 9 percent from Colorado donors. Most of the donors are investors from the east and west coasts.

That compares with 41 percent for the teachers’ union-backed Teachers for Kennedy. Better Colorado Now, funded by a variety of business interests, is supporting Stapleton and received 68 percent from inside the state.

And Build Colorado’s Future, supporting Robinson, received 85 percent of its funding from inside the state. The group didn’t file on Monday, however. It’s been supported by energy interests and the candidate’s uncle, Mitt Romney.

Here’s a look at how much those groups have raised, and how much came from Colorado:

Photo by Tom for Creative Commons on Flickr.