AURORA | Democratic candidate Morgan Carroll hit the fundraising mark of over $1 million in her campaign for Aurora’s 6th Congressional District seat. But the amount is not enough to overcome incumbent Mike Coffman’s substantial coffers.
Carroll raised $1,192,599 through June 8, according to reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission. She has continued to beat Coffman in individual donations, which make up 80 percent of her fundraising, compared to Coffman’s 62 percent.
Substantial contributions to Carroll’s campaign have come from Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron of Boulder at $10,800. Thomas Barron is an author, and formerly a venture capital investor, who lives in Boulder. An equal amount also came from Ira and Laura Mitzner of RIDA Development Corporation, which is behind constructing the massive Gaylord hotel in Aurora.
J Street PAC, a pro-Israel organization, has also contributed $22,700 to Carroll’s campaign. EMILY’s List, the Democratic women’s political action committee that endorsed Carroll in the race, has also contributed $18,525 to her campaign.
Carroll was able to keep $715,856 at the end of the filing period, having spent $$476,743, largely on staff expenses — such as salaries and travel — and fundraising activities.
Coffman meanwhile has raised $2,060,749 through June 8, according to reports filed with the FEC.
Substantial contributions to his campaign came from Charles McVaney, former CEO of the JD Edwards Corporation, and his wife, Carole, who together contributed $16,200. Family members and billionaire philanthropist Phillip Anschutz also contributed that amount to his campaign. The Coors family contributed $26,200.
Coffman also kept more cash on hand at the end of the reporting period, with $1,380,804 on hand. His campaign has spent $702,468, largely on marketing, consulting and fundraising.
Coffman, as a longtime incumbent in the seat, had a financial upper hand over Carroll from the start.
He ended 2015 with around $1 million in cash on hand, which is a little more than double the $452,000 Carroll reported at the end of 2015, according to reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission through Dec. 31, 2015.
Coffman is serving his fourth term in the U.S House of Representatives. The district includes Aurora and some of Denver’s eastern suburbs. He won the district in 2014 after one of the most contentious and expensive House races in the country, pushing back former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff.
Carroll has represented Aurora in the state Senate since 2009 and was president of the chamber in 2014, before the GOP took the majority. She previously served as the state Senate Minority Leader. She stepped down from that post prior to the current legislative session while running for Congress.
Coffman has so far successfully staved off two Democratic challengers.
He was first elected in 2008 after the retirement of former Rep. Tom Tancredo, and he has so far been able to hold onto the district after it was redrawn in 2011 to include most of Aurora, and many more Democrats. In addition to defeating Romanoff in 2014 by 9 percentage points, Coffman won over Democratic nominee Joe Miklosi by 2 percentage points in 2012.