The Denver Post reports on the mega donors contributing to Colorado political races this year, and it turns out the biggest donor is also a candidate.
To no one’s surprise, it’s U.S. Rep. Jared Polis swooping in with $6.4 million in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.
Polis could have bought three governor’s mansions with that kind of dough. Or — liberals take note — he could have used that money to pay a month’s rent for 6,500 homeless people.
Anyway, it’s his money and he can do with it what he wants, we just think it’s interesting that it’s always the Democrats who want to heap restrictions on campaign donations. And as Republicans predicted, that would one day mean only millionaires could afford to run for public office.
Or fund campaigns for public office.
Coming in second place in the governor’s race is also a Democrat — Mike Johnston — whose campaign PAC is being funded by several millionaires.
Michael Bloomberg, former New York City Mayor, kicked in a cool million. Honestly, we’re so tired of Bloomberg trying to influence Colorado elections.
LinkedIn co-found and venture capital investor Reid Hoffman threw $1 million on the table for Johnston, and hedge fund billionaire Stephen Mandel of Greenwich, Connecticut also donated $1 million, so Johnston will also be rolling in the dough.
The only other gubernatorial candidate to make the top 10 was Republican contender, Treasurer Walker Stapleton who raised a total of $1.4 million in the latest quarter, a third of that, more than $42,000, out of his own pocket.