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Out-of-state contributions at play in Colorado governor’s race

With a little less than a week to go until election day, differences have emerged over the geography of fundraising in the Colorado governor’s race.  Gov. Hickenlooper’s campaign has raised nearly 20 percent of its money from outside of Colorado this cycle, while challenger Bob Beauprez has raised only 5 percent from out-of-state contributions.

This map shows the number of contributions each candidate has received from each state.  The shading is capped at 200 contributions to show contrast, so Colorado’s color should not be used for comparison, but the shading is consistent between maps.

Contribution Map

Hickenlooper has outraised Beauprez $5.3 to $1.7 million overall.  Of that, 81.5 percent of the governor’s cash has come from inside Colorado, and 94.6 percent of Beauprez’s has.

For Beauprez, only Texas (76), California (75), and Virginia (45) have an appreciable number of contributions, and none of those has an average contribution size larger than Colorado.

For Hickenlooper, New York (329), Texas (193), California (264), Illinois (114), and DC (191) all have more than 100 contributors, all of them with average contribution sizes substantially larger than Colorado’s $241 ( $603, $670, $488, $592, $276, respectively).

Indeed, for Hickenlooper, only Louisiana, Maine, Alaska, Delaware, and Mississippi, which together have 32 contributions among them, average less than Colorado.

So far, most of the attention on out-of-state money has been focused on PACs, 527 groups, and independent expenditure committees, which are flooding Colorado with money from all over the country.  Nevertheless, where a candidate has spent time raising money for his own campaign can say something about where his support—and his priorities—lay.

An interactive map of the candidates’ fundraising across the country can be found here.

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Joshua Sharf

Joshua is co-editor of Watchdog Wire - Colorado. Contact him at Colorado@WatchdogWire.com to learn how to get involved with citizen journalism in the Boulder State. Follow him on Twitter: @joshuasharf

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