Who’s funding Noel Ginsburg’s campaign?

Contributions to campaign*: $868,521. Ginsburg gave $190,000 to his campaign at year’s end, bringing his total contributions to his own campaign to about $340,000 or 49.5% of his contributions. 

Balance minus expenses: $223,733

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): Minus the candidate’s own contributions, large donors make up about 20 percent of Ginsburg’s contributions. Among them are Skip and Nancy Miller, who each donated the maximum $1,150 each. Miller, who made his money in commercial real estate, and his wife are philanthropists known for their work to support education and healthcare.

Others include hotel developer Navin Dimond and his wife, Rita, and Gary Dragul, president and founder of GDA Real Estate Services, a commercial real estate acquisitions company. Dragul’s wife, Shelly, and daughter, Charli, also each donated the maximum $1,150. 

 Total raised from out-of-state contributors: $12,075, which represents 1.75% of the contributions, with most of those donations coming from California.

Top sectors associated with donors:

Attorney/Legal: 74 donors totaling $27,805

Financial/Investment: 96 donors totaling $45,685

Consulting: 65 donors totaling $20,320 

Real estate: 45 donors totaling $41,006

General business: 65 donors totaling $32,750

Top companies associated with donors:

Employees of the consulting and auditing firm EKS&H donated a total of $ 8,201. EKS&H has supported CareerWise, where Ginsburg is CEO, by giving work to program members.

Donors associated with the powerhouse law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck gave a total of $7,000.

*Data compiled by Giselle Cesin from Jan. 16, 2018 campaign disclosure statements, which cover the last quarter of 2017 and are the most recent candidate filings with the Colorado Secretary of State. The next filing deadline is May 7. 

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 database 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 Ginsburg campaign

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