Who’s funding Jared Polis’s campaign?

Updated using June 18 campaign finance report

Contributions to campaign*: $11.5 million, nearly all of which comes from Polis himself. He has limited contributions from other people to $100 each.

Balance minus expenses: $670,837

Contributions to independent expenditure committee on behalf of candidate: n/a

General donor profile

Total raised from large contributors ($1,000 to the maximum allowable $1,150): In general, large donations over $1,000 made up for 90 percent of all cash contributions and nearly all of it from Polis.

Percent raised from out-of-state contributors: Out-of-state donations made up 0.22 percent of all contributions. Most out-of-state donors live in Washington, D.C., followed by California and New York. Most of Polis’ in-state donations came from Boulder County and the greater Denver area. 

Top sectors associated with donors:  Only 37 percent of the donations can be matched to a donor’s occupation in Polis’s filing. 

General Business: $18,478 or 0.2 percent of donations

Science/Technology: $9,688 or 0.08 percent of donations

Financial/Investment: $8,850 or 0.07 percent of donations

Teachers/Students: $6,542 or 0.05 percent of donations

Companies with greatest number of donors and/or donations: 

University of Colorado: $2,070 from 17 donors

Colorado State University: $962 from nine donors

State of Colorado: $755 from six donors

*Data compiled by Anne Hennig and Shannon Mullane from June 18, 2018 campaign disclosure statements, which cover May 31 through June 13 and are the most recent candidate filings with the Colorado Secretary of State. The next filing deadline is July 2. 

The research on the donations to the major candidates for governor of Colorado from both parties was conducted by graduate students in the precision journalism class at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The instructor is Burt Hubbard, former data base reporter for the Rocky Mountain News, Denver Post and Rocky Mountain PBS. The students providing the research are: Giselle Cesin, Amanda Clark, Crystal Eilerman, Joseph Getty, Anne Henning, Rey-Lynn Little, Shannon Mullane, Heather Sackett and Jentry Womack.

Photo courtesy of the Polis campaign

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