Pro-Stapleton Super PAC Raising Money

A pro-Johnston PAC has also formed.

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Zach C. Cohen
Aug. 3, 2017, 11:04 a.m.

State Treasurer Walker Stapleton (R) will attend a fundraiser a fundraiser Aug. 21 for “an independent expenditure committee called Better Colorado Now, an outfit run by political consultant Andy George, a co-worker of longtime Stapleton adviser Michael Fortney at the Denver-based firm Clear Creek Strategies.” Attendees include “notably beer magnate Pete Coors, Broncos legend John Elway and businessman Larry Mizel.”

“The longer Stapleton waits before formally announcing his bid for Colorado’s top job, the more he can help steer unlimited sums of money toward a super PAC-style group that is expected to provide his artillery during the campaign.”

“As of June 30, Better Colorado Now had reported $123,000 in donations, including a $25,000 contribution from August Busch III, former CEO of the Anheuser-Busch empire.”

Former state Sen. Mike Johnston (D) “is expected to benefit from an independent expenditure committee” called “Frontier Fairness, which “formed after Johnston entered the race. … [O]ne of its first big donors was Chris Watney — who worked with Johnston during a past effort of his to change how Colorado paid for education.”

“The governor’s field is one of the deepest and richest in state history, and because of state donor limits, wealthy candidates who fund their own campaigns have a huge advantage over their less-affluent counterparts.” (Denver Post)


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