If anyone’s wondering why Democrats are no longer clamoring for campaign finance reform, it’s because they’re raising a ton of money.

“Democrats crush Republicans in Colorado congressional cash dash,” declares a Colorado Politics headline this week, reporting on the final fundraising numbers for the 2022 election cycle.

As they did at the ballot box last year in Colorado, Democrats out-performed their Republican opponents in fundraising nearly across the board in competitive federal races, with the Republican nominee reporting higher totals in just one.

In every other competitive contest for a term in Washington, D.C., the Democrats running in Colorado trounced their GOP opponents, often by jaw-dropping margins.

Democrat U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet came in first place spending $22 million to keep his seat.

The other big spenders were:

  • $3.5 million spent by Yadira Caraveo in the 8th District race
  • $2.8 million spent by Brittany Pettersen in the 7th District race
  • $2.7 million raised by Jason Crow to keep his 6th district seat
  • $2.4 million raised by Joe Neguse to keep his 2nd district seat
  • $1.1 raised by Congresswoman-for-Life, Diana DeGette, Queen of the 1st District

Breaking from the pack was Republican U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, whose national notoriety surely helped her make bank to beat back a progressive challenger from Aspen in a nail-biting finish.

That was a record-setting finish for this district race that cost Boebert’s campaign $7.8 million and Adam Frisch $6.7 million.