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Democrats outraised Republicans in Colorado’s competitive federal elections this summer, following a national trend and highlighting Democratic enthusiasm here.The numbers are most stark in Colorado’s U.S. Senate race, which will help determine which party controls the upper chamber of Congress next year. John Hickenlooper, a Democratic challenger, raised $22.6 million and Republican Sen. Cory Gardner raised $7.8 million between July and September.
Hickenlooper’s record-breaking fundraising haul — the largest by any candidate in Colorado history — mirrors similarly historic fundraising totals for Democrats across the country. The Democrat also outraised the Republican in Colorado’s most competitive U.S. House race, for the 3rd Congressional District.
As he has done since entering the race last August, Hickenlooper pulled in large donations from wealthy donors, as well as a large number of small donors. A top Facebook lobbyist gave $2,800 and Twitter’s CFO donated the same amount, as did a Twitter attorney. Samuel R. Walton, heir to the vast Walmart fortune, also wrote a check for $2,800 — the maximum for individuals.
Hickenlooper, who has sworn off corporate political action committees, received $222,853 from other PACs. Donations of $5,000 came from PACs for at least 10 Democratic U.S. senators, as well as unions representing …
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