Politics & Policy

Money-Bust: Maes Raises Just $28K in Second Half of September; Hickenlooper, Tancredo Rake in Cash

Ahead of September 17, Constitution Day, GOP Gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes sent out this fundraising plea for a “moneybomb”:

Make History Again TODAY With Dan Maes Campaign

Today is a critically important day to all Americans because it is the anniversary of the signing of our Constitution on September 17th, 1787. It is also a critical day for our campaign. If you haven’t seen the email series from AJ Reagan on how we are going to make history today then let me just say that this is the day we are going to raise $500,000.00 thru small and medium donations to show the establishment and the Colorado voter that we have the support needed to win. We need your help. Go to my website and encourage your friends and family to do so also at www.danmaes.com and contribute. We are interested in donations from $5 to $1,050 per person. If you can’t go there then mail a check today to: Friends of Dan Maes 11 W. Hampden Ave. Englewood, CO 80013. Forward this email to everyone you know and ask them to contribute to our historic cause!

By September 22, it was clear that the fundraiser had not been as successful as planned, as campaign spokesman Nate Strauch told Battle ‘10 and other media outlets:

Dan Maes’ spokesman Nate Strauch on last week’s $500,000 fundraising money-bomb: “It went very well […] Suffice to say we didn’t reach half-a-million, but it was certainly a good day.” Strauch admitted to Westword that the take amounted to less than six figures.

In the previous reporting period from September 2-15 (which did not include the “moneybomb”), Maes raised a paltry $14,467 and spent $10,289, bringing his ending balance to $23,963.

His newest numbers are not much better.

In the reporting period filed October 4, Maes raised a total of just over $28,000 for the period of September 16-29. This includes the $500,000 push launched on the 17th. Maes has just $34,834.03 in cash on hand, according the filing.

Meanwhile, Democratic candidate John Hickenlooper raised over $360,000 in the same period, and now has $433,000 in cash on hand. Hickenlooper was buoyed by big ticket fundraisers like the bipartisan gathering on September 22 at the posh Tamayo restaurant in LoDo (Lower Downtown Denver). Hickenlooper pocketed at least $100,000 at that event, according to the Colorado Statesman.

Tom Tancredo, former Republican and now surging third party candidate, raised over $148,000 and now has $122,000 in cash on hand after a chunk of media buys. Tancredo raked in $40,000 at one event featuring Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and TV personality Duane “Dog” Chapman.

Tancredo trails Hickenlooper, 43 to 35 percent, with Maes lagging behind both with just 16 percent, according to the latest Rasmussen poll.

Pollster.com has an updated poll tracker (click on the image):

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