Election 2020 Hickenlooper

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper waits to speak at the Story County Democrats' annual soup supper fundraiser, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

John Hickenlooper raised more than $1 million for his 2020 presidential campaign in less than 48 hours, his campaign announced Wednesday.

The former Colorado governor is one of only four Democratic primary candidates to hit the $1 million milestone this early in the campaign cycle, CBS News reports.

Fourteen Democrats with some level of name recognition, including Hickenlooper, have so far entered the race, the New York Times reports. And 195 Democrats have filed to run with the Federal Election Commission.

Donations to the Hickenlooper campaign came from all 50 states, the campaign said, adding that it is not accepting corporate PAC money.

“The surge of support and enthusiasm for the governor is clear,” said Dan Sorenson, Hickenlooper's finance chairman. “Governor Hickenlooper’s record of bringing people together and delivering real results on health care, climate and gun reform is resonating across the country.”

After almost a year of saying he was pondering a run for president, Hickenlooper made it official Monday with a 4:30 a.m. announcement.

The onetime petroleum-industry geologist turned brewpub owner is pitching himself as a seasoned executive with a progressive record who can "repair the damage done to our country."

But his presidential bid is considered a long shot, given the star power of the nationally known politicians arrayed against him.

His campaign will kick off Thursday with a rally and concert featuring local rock heroes Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats at Denver's Civic Center Park.

Hickenlooper plans to embark the next day on a two-day swing through Iowa, which will hold the nation's first presidential nominating contest in February 2020.

Sorenson has previously worked as deputy national finance director for the Democratic National Campaign Committee, for U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and as the Colorado and New Mexico finance director for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

The campaign's deputy finance director is Brendan Koch, who served as deputy national finance director for Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, in 2018.

The campaign's fundraising consultants include Ashley Kennedy, Tonya Fulkerson and Sarah Paulos of Fulkerson Kennedy & Company, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm specializing in fundraising.

On Monday Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced that he had raised more than $1 million since launching his Democratic presidential campaign Friday. He'd already announced that he had received contributions from all 50 states.

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar raised more than $1 million in her campaign's first 48 hours. California Sen. Kamala Harris topped $1.5 million in her first 24 hours. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders dwarfed the field with a nearly $6 million haul on his first day.

Colorado Politics' Ernest Luning, Mark Harden and Marianne Goodland, as well as The Associated Press, contributed to this report.


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