Aha, Colorado voters got their first official look at Walker Stapleton’s direct and immediate donors Thursday, if they have no life and they were reading the Colorado Secretary of State’s website at 6:45 p.m., when it showed up.
And there’s $250,000 that the state treasurer is putting into his own race for governor, even though indications are he’ll be generously supported by the well-known state Republicans.
The disclosure is the product of a goof.
In 2016 House Bill 1282 was meant to require daily reporting on late-game donations in school board races, but when it became law it inadvertently looped in statewide races. As a result, candidates for governor, attorney general, secretary of state and state treasurer have to immediately send in their donations of more than $1,000 instead of putting them on a single comprehensive report of donors due in January.
The governor hasn’t called a special session to fix it.
Stapleton has turned in a handful of $1,000-and-up donations since he started fundraising on Oct. 1, including one from car dealer Mike Shaw at $1,150, but the big piece of pie was his own contribution to the race. He officially announced his intention to run just about three weeks ago, which Colorado Politics was the first to report.
“Walker is committed to beating Congressman (Jared) Polis and saving hardworking Colorado families from the Congressman’s inane plans to run the energy industry out of Colorado and force all Coloradans onto government-run healthcare,” his campaign consultant Michael Fortney told Colorado Politics Thursday night.
“Walker has a strong grassroots organization, a proven ability to raise the funds necessary to win in November, and the commitment to invest his own money to protect our state.”
He faces a large field of Republicans before he would have the chance to face Polis, the sitting U.S. House member, who has his own crowded primary to contend with.
Stapleton faces Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler, entrepreneur Victor Mitchell, retired investment banker Doug Robinson among a total of seven primary opponents.
Polis has eight opponents in the Democratic primary for office being vacated by Gov. John Hickenlooper, who is term-limited. The field includes Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne, former state Treasurer Cary Kennedy and former state Sen. Michael Johnston.