Statewide campaigns' 4th quarter revelations

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

No other recent political race in Colorado has dealt as many surprises as the 2010 gubernatorial contest — the withdrawals of incumbent Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter and state Sen. Josh Penry, heretofore a GOP rising star, were stunners.

The race for governor now boils down to a battle between Republican candidates Scott McInnis, a former congressman from the Western Slope, and Evergreen businessman Dan Maes for the task of challenging Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, a Democrat with moderate leanings and a base of built-in business support.

A study of the fourth quarter statewide campaign finance reports reveals interesting information about the candidates’ funding sources as well as spending preferences. Ritter’s campaign staff, for example, was salaried; McInnis’ workers were paid as “consultants.”

Ritter nurtured his campaign staff and supporters with food and beverage — including meals at The Palm in Denver, Phantom Canyon Brewery in Colorado Springs, the Boulder Draft House and Gallileo’s in Pueblo.

Maes was primarily sustained by lunches at national chain restaurants, such as the Cracker Barrel in Pueblo, Denny’s in Grand Junction and Mimi’s Café in Lakewood.

McInnis occasionally courted supporters at restaurants, such as the popular Racine’s in Denver. The Republican preferred to romance them with flowers and candy — spending more than $13,000 on the courtship necessities.

Despite Ritter’s departure from the race, his fourth quarter finance report gives clues to Hickenlooper’s potential financial backers, who range from high powered lawyers and lobbyists to green energy moguls to entertainment super stars, including Barbra Streisand and Chevy Chase.

Ritter’s campaign raised $2,268,861 in 2009, $569,444 in the final quarter, and closed with $962,537 cash on hand. The top donor, the Colorado Democratic Party, gave generously — $40,000 in the final lap — and will no doubt extend the same helping hand to Hickenlooper’s campaign.

McInnis, who has repeatedly railed against Ritter-backed restrictions on the oil and gas industry, received a big thank you in contributions from industry leaders. The Republican amassed $1,028,272 in contributions last year, $479,575 in the final quarter of last year.

GOP contender Maes has pitched his business background on the campaign trail. However, his fourth quarter report raises questions about the rookie candidate’s financial savvy. He garnered $23,365 in cash contributions last year, including $5,695 in the final stretch, but finished the 2009 campaign election cycle with a $4,374 red-inked budget.

Maes not only is devoid of cash to fuel a viable campaign, $8,675 was siphoned for the candidate’s gas money. It’s a whopping amount compared to a couple of other statewide candidates who claimed gas expenses. Republican candidates Scott Gessler for Secretary of State, for example, reimbursed himself $15 for gas expenses and J.J. Ament, a Republican candidate for state Treasurer, reported having paid $238 for gas as an in-kind contribution.

A candidate’s strength has traditionally been measured by the number of heavy hitters who readily write checks for $1,000 or more. In the governor’s race, Ritter and McInnis amassed hundreds of hefty contributions — Maes received a single check for $1,000.

“Did you know that one $1,000 contribution means one supporter? Would I like more of those $1,000 checks? You bet,” declared Maes in a statement. “But 100 ten-dollar checks equal 100 supporters and that means more votes.”

Perhaps the heavy hitter theory is being tested in this trendy grassroots political season.

Democratic state Treasurer Cary Kennedy’s re-election campaign reported 452 donations totaling $71,391 in the fourth quarter — but she received only two $1,000-plus contributions from individuals.

Kennedy’s fundraising effort edged past Republican rivals Ament and Walker Stapleton, who banked $49,679 and $65,603, respectively in the fourth quarter. Stapleton holds the lead for cash on hand — more than $270,000 — compared to Kennedy’s $173,674 and Ament’s $93,676. A third Republican candidate, Ali Hasan, who entered the race last month, doesn’t possess financial acumen and experience, but he boasts of beaucoup bucks acquired from his documentary films and his wealthy family. Hasan pumped more than $450,000 into his unsuccessful race for House District 56 in 2008, and some speculate the sum topped $1 million. In this race, Hasan can buy a media campaign — and produce another documentary film.

It might sound politically correct to criticize candidates for capturing contributions from out-of-state donors and political action committees, but reports indicate that front-running Republican and Democratic candidates didn’t reject those funding sources.

A few days after Hickenlooper jumped into the race for governor, the McInnis campaign issued a press release boasting that the Republican candidate had raised more than $1 million in the first six months of the campaign — and than sneezed at Hickenlooper, who was likened to a Ritter clone.

“…before most people saw the news that needless and excessive taxes were costing Colorado jobs, Mayor Hickenlooper was quickly looking to big Democrat donors in Washington, D.C. with a fund-raising event already on the books,” asserted Sean Duffy, McInnis campaign communications director.

What exactly was Hickenlooper’s sin — jetting to Capitol Hill for money or just bad timing?

The answer seems irrelevant when you scan the highlights of heavy hitters to the statewide campaigns. McInnis spent more than $13,000 on fundraisers at the Marriott Hotel in Alexandria, Virginia — and scooped thousands of dollars from lobbyists, lawyers and powerbrokers in Washington, D.C. Ritter also drank from the Potomac cup.

Check out highlights of the 4th quarter campaign financial reports.

Governor

Bill Ritter (D)

Amount raised in 4th Quarter: $569,444
Total raised in 2009: $2,268,861
Cash on Hand: $962,537
Candidate Loan: N/A

RITTER CONTRIBUTOR ROSTER $1,000 +
Committees/Organizations:

Colorado Democratic Party, $40,000, Colorado Conservation Voters Action (Small Donor Committee) $10,600, IUPat-Political Action Together of Washington, D.C., $1,050, and Manuel Heart, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Tribal Complex small donor committee, $1,050.

Lawyers/Lobbyists:
Lance Astrella, Astrella & Rice; Amy L. Benson and Steven C. Demby, Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck; Jennifer Brandeberry, Brandeberry-McKenna; Roger Freeman, Davis Graham Stubbs; Frank Azar, Franklin & Associates; Kent Glassman, Glassman & Associates; David G. Palmer, Greenberg Taurig; Daniel Shea, Hogan & Hartson; John W. McDermott, Holme Roberts & Owen; Suzanne Lambdin, Lambdin & Chaney; John Moye, Moye White; Harry M. Sterling, Sherman & Howard; L. Tyrone Holt, The Holt Group; Thomas N. Alfrey, Treece Alfrey Musat & Bosworth; Kathryn Haight, Wellborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley; Thomas J. Overton; Damon Barry; John H. Loewy; Larry Gaddis, Gaddis Kinnon Herd of Colorado Springs; Thomas Shipps of Durango; Susan Juroe of Longmont. Mark Fabiani, special counsel to the San Diego Chargers; Chris Modrzejewski, Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) lobbyist, Pasadena; Harriet Zaretsky, Santa Monica; Brook Turner, Coalition for Better Housing lobbyist, San Francisco; Kenneth Jarin and Adrian King, Philadelphia-based Ballard Spahr; Anthony Davis, New York City-based Hinshaw & Culbertson; and Michael Moskowitz, Moskowitz Mandell Salim & Simowitz of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Energy:
Ronald W. Williams, president and CEO of Gary-Williams Energy Corp. in Denver and Eugene Howard, Real Goods Solar, Denver. California based companies: Cole Frates, Renewable Sources Group, Los Angeles; Hal Harvey, president of ClimateWorks Foundation, Mill Valley; Michael Petras, co-founder of Enagra Inc., Los Altos; Steve Shevick, CFO Cobalt Biofuels, Mountain View; D. Hunt Ramsbottom, CEO of Rentech Inc, Los Angeles; and Wade Randlett, co-founder of NextFuels, San Francisco.

Entertainment Industry:
Barbra Streisand, singer, actress, film producer; Chevy Chase, actor and comedian, and his wife Jayni Chase; Neal Baer, executive producer of NBC television series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit; Liberty Godshall, television writer and producer; Robert Gersh, CEO of The Gersh Agency in Beverly Hills; Anschutz Entertainment Group CEO Timothy Leiweke and AEG Live/Concerts co-CEOs Paul Gongaware, John Meglen and Brandon Phillips; and Andrea J. Grant of Big Green Company, a pro-environment entertainment company in Boulder.

Communication Systems Execs:
Chris Ancell, Richard N. Baer, Stephanie Comfort, Neil Cox, Robert Davis, Joseph Euteneuer, Edward Mueller, Teresa A. Taylor, Roland R. Thornton, Robert Tregemba, Charles L. Ward, Jerrilyn Wolf and Dan Yost of Qwest Communications; Michael Dugan, Cantey Ergen and Charles W. Ergen of Dish Network; Robert Rehg of Echostar; David Hose of Ideas and Plans wireless company; Frank Dirico of Viaero Wireless; and William Ojile of Valor Communications Group.

Colorado

Front Range:
Phyllis M. Albritton, Evergreen; Lisa S. Alexander, Cherry Hills Village; John Arigoni, CEO Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver; Margeaux Azar, Aurora; Anne Carson Baer, Greenwood Village; Kelly A. Berger, Greenwood Village; Dr. Stephen Berman, Children’s Hospital, Denver; Carl Bourgeois, Civil Technology Inc., Denver; Suzanne Calhoun, Intrawest Placemaking, Greenwood Village; Robin Chotin, The Chotin Foundation philanthropist; Robert Cohen, CEO IMA Financial Group, Denver; Beth Cooper, Englewood; Donald P. Cook, Denver commercial real estate developer; Patricia Cook, Cherry Hills; Joseph Coppola, Castle Rock; Mary Gittings Cronin, president of The Piton Foundation, Denver; Steven Deutsch, Denver real estate investor; Barry Dorfman, commercial realtor, Littleton; Robin Dino, Denver; John Elkins, Novaratis Pharmaceuticals, Evergreen; Zee Ferrufino, owner of KBNO Spanish Radio Group, Denver; Harry H. and Susan Frampton, Avon; Daniel J. Finer, Realty Funding Group, Denver; Robert Foxx, Rocky Mountain Interlock, Aurora; Martha Gart, Denver; Claudia Garza, Denver realtor; Dr. Mark R. Groshek, Colorado Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, Denver; Ina Grills, retired, Golden; Celeste Grynberg, Englewood; Dr. Gary S. Gutterman, Castle Rock; Dr. Warren Hern, Boulder Abortion Clinic; James R. Hill, Englewood realtor; Sarah Kinnick Hilty, AIMCO, Denver; Bonnie L. Holderby, owner of warehouses in Longmont; Phillip Infelise, CresaPartners, Denver; Brian R. Klipp, Denver architect; Lonna Lindsay, Live Well Colorado, Denver; Harriet A. McKenzie, Boulder; Dr. Hildegard Messenbaugh, Third Way Center, Denver; Gerald W. Moore, Denver; Chuck Murphy, Colorado Springs builder; Kirk Neuroth, Purple Communications, Denver; Dr. Richard Obrien, Denver; Scott and Virginia Reiman, real estate investors, Denver; Mary Ricketson, Denver; Rick Ridder, president of RBI Strategies & Research, Denver; Ann Kimberly Roberts, Denver homemaker; Robert and Connie Rodriguez, RRK Enterprises, Denver; Timothy Romani, Denver; Meyer M. Saltzman, Saltzman, Hamma, Nelson & Massaro, Denver; Kay Shaw, retired, Denver; John Shaw, McWhinney development firm, Loveland; Anna M. Sie, Denver philanthropist; Suzanne S. White, Center for Research Strategies, Denver; Donald A. Yale, Generic Technology Group, Denver.

Mountain/Central:
Bruce Berger, author, Aspen; Jeffrey Berkus, Aspen architect; Rosemary Egolf, Creede; Gina Guarascio, Carbondale Valley Journal writer; Gerald Hosier, Aspen; Geraldine Karetsky, Aspen; Christina and Josh Lautenberg, Aspen; David Johns, Salida; Jerry F. Murdock, Insight Venture Partners, Aspen; Gary R. Nelson, consultant, Steamboat Springs; Chris A. Miner, Monte Vista; Bob Packard, architect, Edwards.

Western Slope:
Henry C. Dudley, Durango investor.

Out of state contributors

Western:
Brook Byers of Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield & Byers investment firm, Menlo Park; John Denniston, Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield & Byers venture capital firm, Atherton; John and Leslie Dorman, philanthropists, Santa Monica; Dr. Robert Epstein, Berkeley; Russell Flynn, investor, San Francisco; Adam Grosser, Foundation Capital, Hillsborough; Barbara Hager, San Francisco; Laurene Powell Jobs, College Track, Palo Alto; Ray Lane of Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield & Byers, Atherton; Bernadette Leiweke, Los Angeles; Paul Lippe, CEO OnRamp, Los Altos; Vinod Khosla, CEO Khosla Ventures and co-founder of Sun Microsystems, Portola Valley; Varant Markarian, president of Masters Contracting Corporation, Glendale; Patricia Nichols, Corona Del Mar; John Powell, International Capital Partners, San Francisco; Tony Prophet, Hewlett Packard exec, Hillsborough; Scott Sandell, New Enterprise Associates, Menlo Park; Ted Schlein of Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield & Byers, Menlo Park; Thomas Safran, Los Angeles real estate developer; Martha Swiller, former vice president of Planned Parenthood in Los Angeles; and Samuel Victor, Chanin & Company investor, Los Angeles, California; and William Sample, Microsoft VP, Woddinville, Washington.

Eastern:
Jeffrey Gural, chairman of Newmark Knight Frank, New York City; student Amy Smith, New York City, and Paul Kolaj, CEO Famous Famiglia pizza restaurant, White Plains, New York, Andrea Alling, AVI Business Solutions, Phoenixville; Charles Breslin, Rittenhouse Consulting, Philadelphia; and Andre Duggin, AV International, Wayne, Pennsylvania; Donna C. Romer of Richmond, Virginia, and Heather Podesta, Washington, D.C.

Southern:
Beverly Starr, Cathy Starr, James D. Starr and Richard Starr of Auburn, Alabama. Jack Casagrande, Miami Lakes; Terry Jackson, Coral Springs; Lynn and William Johnson, Pembroke Pines; Jim Loomis, Tallahassee; Christine and Elliott Melamed, Weston; Ana and Fernando Neris, Oviedo, and Anjali and John Noble, Lighthouse Point, Florida. Michael Capellas and Pat Shannon, First Data Corporation, Atlanta, Georgia. Rosita Hillard, Counciltree Communications investment firm, Austin, Texas.

Midwestern:
Ronald Bawman, Rock Island, and Margot and Thomas Pritzker, Chicago, Illinois.

Notables:
Ritter got the green energy warrior contributions, but did you notice these other folks? Carl Bourgeois, a driving force behind Five Points’ revitalization; Aspen realtor Josh Lautenberg, son of U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-New Jersey; Mary Ricketson, dean emeritus at the University of Denver College of Law; Sarah Kinnick Hilty, employed by AIMCO, an apartment investment and management founded by Republican Terry Considine; Timothy Romani, a sports venue developer involved with the Denver Pepsi Center and Invesco Field at Mile High.

Cash to Consultants:
$40,750 to Churchill Road Group, a fundraising consultant in Washington, D.C.; $43,219 to Hamilton Campaigns, polling consultant in Fernandina Beach, Calif.; $9,230 to Barbara Straw of Highlands Ranch.

Meals & Entertainment Venues:
The Palm restaurant, Benny’s Place, Tamales by La Casita, Spinelli’s Market, in Denver; Boulder Draft House; Gallileo’s in Pueblo; and Phantom Canyon Brewery in Colorado Springs.

Inside Track:
As “Deep Throat” said, “Follow the money.” The trail winds through the Ritter campaign’s lodging log: Hotel Jerome in Aspen; Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida; Hyatt Hotel in Denver; Marriott in San Francisco; Stanford Hotel in Menlo Park, California; and “W” Hotel in Los Angeles.

Governor

Scott McInnis (R)

Amount raised in 4th Quarter: $479,575
Total raised in 2009: $1,028,272
Cash on Hand: $490,464
Candidate Loan: N/A

MCINNIS CONTRIBUTOR ROSTER $1,000 +
Committees/Organizations:

COPIC Small Donor Committee, Denver $5,000; Colorado Committee of Auto Retailers $1,050; National Association of Industrial & Office Properties Development PAC, Colorado Chapter $1050; NUSTAR PAC, San Antonio, Texas $1,000; Questar Employee PAC, Salt Lake City, Utah $1,000.

Lawyers/Lobbyists:
Steven C. Demby, Bruce A. James of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck; Dennis Arfmann, Daniel Shea and Robert C. Troyer of Hogan & Hartson; Robert Aronowitz, Aronowitz & Mecklenburg; Charles F. Brega, Fairfield & Woods; William D. Byassee, Jackson & Kelly; Robert G. Cole, Collins, Cockrel & Cole; Joel Mecklenburg, Aronowitz & Mecklenburg; Brent Kline of Kline Alvarado Veio; Ned A. Minor, Minor & Brown; Trish Nagel, Moye Giles O’Keefe; David M. Setter, Setter & Anderson; Robert Kirscht, lobbyist and former lawmaker; and Diane Delaney of Delaney Law Office in Glenwood Springs. Washington-D.C. based Hogan & Hartson attorneys Candida “Candi” Wolff; John Porter, W. Michael House, Raymond Calamaro, Mark E. Mazo, Robert H. Michel, Patrick Raher and Douglas Wheeler.

Former legislative director of McInnis’ congressional office Christopher Hatcher of Williams & Jensen, Washington, D.C.; David Sprenger, Washington, D.C. lobbyist for University of Colorado and American Hospital Association; Sandra Swirski, attorney and principal in Venn Strategies, Fairfax, Va.; and Bob Starzel, Holme, Roberts & Owen law firm, San Francisco, Calif.

Mining/Energy:
Fred Barrett, president & CEO Bill Barrett Corp.; Joseph Jaggers III and Duane Zavadil of Bill Barrett Corp.; Ronald W. Williams, president and CEO of Gary-Williams Energy Corp.; Lynn Belcher, manager at Focus Energy LLC, Denver; Ray O. Brownlie, partner in Brownlie, Wallace, Armstrong Exploration; Robert J. Clark, president of Bear Cub Energy, LLC; George H. Fancher, Jr., owner of Fancher Resources; David J. Flake, CFO of HRM Resources; John M. Fox, Denver, board chairman of MarkWest Hydrocarbon, Inc and MarkWest Energy Partners; Kent L. Gilbert, Gilbert-Stewart Operating LLC; Jeremy Kinney, president of Kinney Oil Company; Michael Leede, CEO of Leede Operating Company; Sherry Long, Encana Oil and Gas Inc.; F. H. “Mick” Merelli, president, and CEO of Cimarex Energy; John Mork, CEO of Energy Corporation of America; Julie Mork, director of Energy Corporation of America Foundation; Paul M. Rady, CEO of Antero Resources; William Reid, Gold Resource Corp.; Curtis Rueter, Noble Energy executive; James E. Schroeder, VP of Mesa Energy Partners LLC; Mitchell Solich, senior managing director of SB Energy Partners; John M. Sterling, president of Sterling Seismic Services; Dirk Olsen, Raptor Industries; Kenneth D. Smith, Precision Air Drilling; James W. Williams, Southwester Production Corp.; and Brent J. Morse, Morse Energy Partners, and a former partner with Neil Bush in troubled oil ventures in the 1980s.

Out of state contributors
Michael Smith, CEO of Freeport LNG Development in Houston, Texas; and Heggie Wilson, Stonegate Resources LLC, Park City, Utah.

Communication Systems:
Richard D. McCormick, chairman emeritus of U S WEST, Inc.; Fred Vierra, Liberty Media Corporation executive; and Michael T. Fries, president & CEO of Liberty Global, the international cable system headed by John Malone.

Entertainment Industry:
Wiley N. Jones, vice president of AEG, a subsidiary of The Anschutz Company, Washington, D.C.

Automotive:
Dean Dowson, president of Empire Nissan in Golden; Michael Faricy, owner of Faricy Boys Chrysler Jeep in Colorado Springs, and chairman of the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association; G. Michael Ferris, Western Slope Auto in Grand Junction; Donald P. Hicks, president of Shortline Automotive, Inc. in Aurora, and Porsche in Colorado Springs; Mike Shaw, president of Denver-headquartered Shaw Auto Group; Kriss Spradley, president Spradley Barr Ford, Fort Collins; Kent P. Stevinson, president of Stevinson Automotive Inc. in Lakewood; and Paul J. Suss, president of Suss Buick Pontiac GMC in Aurora.

Colorado

Front Range:
Harvey B. Allon, CEO of Braddock Financial Corp., Denver; Katie Atkinson, political consultant, Denver; Kristy Armstrong, homemaker, Greenwood Village; former U.S. Sen. Bill Armstrong and Colorado Christian University CEO, Lakewood; William L. Armstrong, III, Blueberry Systems executive, Greenwood Village; Carol Aronowitz, homemaker, Golden; Shannon Bangert, a partner in Carmine’s on Penn, Denver; Steve Bangert, CEO of COBIZ Financial, Denver; William S. Bergner, Englewood; Teresa Bohlinger, investor, Colorado Springs; Arthur Berlinger, retired, Denver; John R. Boner, CAP Logistics, Littleton; El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark and Welling Clark, Colorado Springs; Stephen Cohen, Anschutz Investment Company, Denver; Patricia McInnis Cole, homemaker, Evergreen; Calhoun Cox, Calcon Constructors, Centennial; Dr. Don. L. Creager, dentist, and Mary C. Creager, Pueblo; John Decker, GS Logistics, Thornton; Tracy D. Dowson, homemaker, Golden; Glendale Mayor Pro Tem Michael Dunafon; Patty Eades, Roche Constructors, Milliken; Diane B. Eckloff, Cherry Hills Village; Jack E. and Louise Edgington, Alpine Bank, Lakewood; Thomas Engleby, CEO of Denver Solutions Group; Michael Feiner, Feiner Enterprises, Denver; Steven L. Fisbeck, Roche Constructors, Gill; Teresa Foster, CFO of; Business Controls Inc., Littleton; Charles T. Fote, retired, Englewood; John M. Fox, retired, Denver; Marie and Charles Frederickson, Englewood; John E. Freyer, Jr., president of Land Title, Denver; Amber L. Fries, Englewood; Geoff Graham, Alphographics, Lakewood; Emily Haggstrom, Nuss Professional Group, Denver; Valorie Hartley, Roche Constructors, Greeley; Tyler and Sarah Harvey, retired, Denver; Jonathan Hauger, CAP Logistics, Brighton; Larry J. Hauserman, retired, Golden; Michael Hesse, McInnis campaign political consultant, Lakewood; Sue Himes, Himes Drilling, Strasburg; William J. Hybl, El Pomar Foundation Chairman and CEO, Colorado Springs; M. Doak Jacoway, president of Jacoway Financial Corp., Denver; Ralph Klomp, owner of Trice Jewelers, Greenwood Village; Walter “Buz” A. Koelbel, Jr., Koelbel Properties Real Estate Developer, Denver; Joseph Kulik, Centennial; Michael H. Lee, president of WRC Corp, and Pamela Simmons Lee, Broomfield.; Edward Leede, Leede Companies, Castle Rock; Teresa Leede, homemaker, Cherry Hills Village; Adrienne Lembke and Corinne Lembke; students, Greenwood Village; Paul Lonigro, GIA Risk Management, Golden; Geoffrey Lord, Denver realtor; John H. Mai, Mai Mechanical, Arvada; Deborah Matthews, majority owner of Bavaria Inn Restaurant and Shotgun Willie’s, Glendale; Yvonne and William McCallum, retired, Denver; Mary P. McCormick, Denver; Julie Morse, homemaker, Englewood; Shelley Morton, AccuQuote Insurance, Evergreen; James Mulvihill, founder Black Creek Group, Denver; Ralph J. Nagel, president, Top Rock Investments, Denver; Will F. Nicholson, retired, Denver; J. Barret O’Brien, O’Brien Rugby, Denver; Mark M. Osborn, Village Homes, Denver; Annette Perez, Nuss Professional Services Group, Commerce City; Jane M. Petrie, homemaker, Denver; Michael R. Pollak, Hyde Park Jewelers retailer, Denver; Dr. Jerry K. Popham, Golden; Katy Rady, homemaker, Englewood; Beth A. Reid, homemaker, Denver; Sarah Resnick, Cherry Hills Village; Blair Richardson, Bow River Capital, Denver; Kristin Richardson, chair of the Denver Public Schools Foundation; George “Buck” Hutchinson, president of Hutchison Western, farm & ranch supply, Adams City; Andrew Roche, Roche Constructors, Greeley; Thomas J. Roche, president and CEO Roche Constructors, Greeley; Thomas M. Roche, Roche Constructors, Greeley; David Rebol, Fort Morgan; Benjamin Rustin, U.S. Army retired, Aurora; Shawna and Russell L. Sands, National Check LLC, Longmont; Scott Schoelzel, investor, Englewood.; Robert Sellers, realtor, Englewood; Joel Shallow, Capital Title, Lone Tree; Diana and Harold Smethills, former Adolph Coors Company CFO, Highlands Ranch; Ronald Smith, Solutions & Beyond Management, Denver; Barbara Solich, homemaker, Littleton; Douglas Sparks, Bridge Point LLC, Denver; William H. Spires, engineer, Centennial; Jennifer and Walker Stapleton, Republican candidate for state Treasurer, Greenwood Village; Katie J. Mussman, Roche Constructors Inc., Evans; Mark P. Stevenson, Colorado Association of Healthcare, Greenwood Village; Teresa Stewart, investor, Golden; Keith Swerdfeger, K. R. Swerdfeger Construction, Pueblo; Jack Thompson, retired, Larkspur; Pamela Troyer, educator, Denver; Roxanne Vierra, homemaker, Englewood; Gloria L. Volker, homemaker, Greenwood Village; Dana Vollbracht, Mile Post Farms, Denver; Douglas M. Ward, Wilbanks Reserve Corp., Highlands Ranch; Kay Watson, homemaker, Greenwood Village; R. Brian Watson, Northstar Commercial Partners, Greenwood Village; Robert J. Watson, Prologis CEO, Greenwood Village; Debbie Welle-Powell, Payer Strategies, Centennial; Eric A. Weissmann, investor, Boulder; Kenneth W. West, president of H. W. Houston Construction, Pueblo; Jonathan White, Healthagen, Denver; Mahlon White, retired, Pueblo; C.B. Williams; homemaker, Denver ; Mark A. Wilson, realtor, Littleton; Jerry Wrench, Cherry Creek Management, and Connie Wrench, Denver; Rich Wyatt, Gunsmoke store owner, Wheatridge.

Mountains/Central:
Kay Chester, investor, Avon; Lenore Dahl, retired, Vail; Robert J. Delaney, IT manager of Pitkin Iron Corp., Glenwood Springs; Jeremy Henderson, GMCO Corp., and Laura, New Castle; J.E. Jacoby, investor, and Jameen Jacoby, Aspen; Chris Kaminski, B & K Distributing, Steamboat Springs; Nancy and Richard Knowlton, Vail; Joe Pete Lorusso, Lorusso Bail Bonds, Steamboat Springs; Frank J. Lynch III, retired, Edwards; Joan D. Manley, retired, Dillon; John C. Martin, Carbondale; Ronald W. Miller, investor, Snowmass; James T. Priestley, Vail; Greg Rippy, president of Grand River Construction, Glenwood Springs; Eric Schmela, developer and realtor, and Stacey Schmela, Carbondale; Christopher Sittler, Stone’s Farm Supply Inc., Monte Vista; Sean Mello, Earthworks Construction, Silt; Dow and Kathy Rippy, Silt; Kathy Stephenson, Crystal Springs Saddlery, Carbondale.

Western Slope:
Thomas R. Benton, Wells Fargo, Grand Junction; Philip and Janis Bourassa, retired, Mesa; Michael Brady, consultant, Fruita; James R. Cadez, retired, Grand Junction; Phillip Escobar, Knowles Trucking, Delta; David H. and Sharon S. Farny, Mack; Stephen and Shannon Fausel, Fausel Companies, Silverthorne; Brigitte Frenzel, retired, Mesa; Debra Hampton, realtor, Grand Junction; Crystal Hansen, City Market, Grand Junction; Melvin Hansen, Sale Pro Business, Grand Junction; David Kearsley, investor, Mesa; Megan King, homemaker, Grand Junction; Kimberly A. and Mike T. Knowles, Knowles Service, Grand Junction; Mesa County Commissioner Craig J. Meis, Grand Junction; Dr. Paul W. Northup, dentist, Grand Junction; Douglas Simons, Enstrom Candies Inc., Grand Junction; Smith, Shellis, homemaker, Grand Junction; Barbara S. Knowles, retired, Clifton; Richard Stephenson, owner GMCO Corp., Rifle; Dr. Brian Witwer, a neurosurgeon, and Stephanie Witwer, Grand Junction.

Out of state contributors

Western:
Katharyn Cook, Kathleen Cook and Wendell Cook, investors, Indian Hills, Calif.; Leo Wendell Cook, founder of Pelican Coast Investments, Palm Desert, Calif.; Scott Dalecio, president & CEO of KSL Resorts, Rancho Mirage, Calif.; Theodore Tchang, GTL Development, San Diego, Calif.; Douglas E. Woods, Tech Builders, San Diego, Calif.; Claudia and Dennis R. Berman, Irving, Texas; Norman Frede, Norman Frede Chevrolet, Houston, Texas; James Gallogly, Gallogly, James, CEO of LyondellBasell Industries and former ConocoPhillips Executive VP, and Janet M. Gallogly, Houston, Texas; Patricia Zecchi, investor, Houston, Texas; Judy and Gary Carmichael, Moab, Utah; Gary C. Laramie, Rocky Mountain Gold, Salt Lake City, Utah; and Julia P. Wilson, Deer Valley Resort publicist, Park City, Utah.

Eastern:
Russ D. Gerson, investor, New York City, New York; Laura Roosevelt, homemaker, NYC; William White, Intrepid Museum, NYC; Richard A. Weissmann, KSL Capital Partners, and Mara Sue Weissmann, Chappaqua, New York; Jennifer Schmuckler, homemaker, New Vernon, New Jersey; Candy Straight, investor, Bloomfield, New Jersey; Seymour Holtzman, investor and father of Colorado Republican Marc Holtzman, and Evelyn Holtzman, Wilkes Barre, Penn.; Marlene Malek and Fred Malek, founder of Thayer Capital Partners, McLean, Va.; Susan K. Powell, Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), Vienna, Va.; Thomas Wilbanks, president of Edgesource, a leading IT government contractor, Alexandria, Va.; Fern Mazo, Chevy Chase, Md.; and Travis Larson, senior vice president of FD Americas Public Affairs in Washington, D.C. and former member of the McCain presidential campaigns in 2000 and 2008.

Southern:
Estrin, Melvyn J. Estrin, CEO of Estrin International, Inc., and Sue Ellen Estrin, Palm Beach, Fla.; James R. McManus, investor, Key Biscayne, Fla.; and Walter Ehmer, vice president of Waffle House Inc., Norcross, Ga.

Notables:
McInnis corners the market of oil, gas and mineral industry execs — and a hefty load of lawyers and lobbyists from Denver to D.C., especially from the candidate’s law firm, Hogan & Hartson. If Ritter snared communications and entertainment industry leaders, McInnis drove the auto sector. Intriguing contributors include Hogan & Hartson partners Candida “Candi” Wolff, who served as President George W. Bush’s top lobbyist, and John Porter, who was named one of Washington, D.C.’s “Top 50 Lobbyists” by Washingtonian Magazine in 2007. McInnis scored contributions from most of his campaign staff, including political consultant Mike Hesse, and El Paso County campaign coordinator and rumored running mate, Sallie Clark. Is this a club membership fee?

Cash to Consultants:
An estimated $24,000 monthly to campaign staffers classified as consultants. From Oct. 1 through November, campaign manager George Culpepper was paid a total of $21,712 and political consultant Mike Hesse was compensated with $14,000. (The following month no salaries were recorded and Culpepper was gone from the campaign;) $10,000 to Shamrock Strategies, Littleton; $19,645 to Magellan Data & Mapping Strategies, Lakewood; $20,000 to Barb Card, fundraising consultant; $11,000 to Instinct Media Solutions, Highlands Ranch; $14,493 to SWS Polifi, Lafayette; $20,129 to Arena Communications, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Meals and Entertainment Venues:
Denver Country Club, Cool River Cafe in Greenwood Village, Racine’s in Denver.

Inside Track:
Harvey B. Allon, CEO of Denver-based Braddock Financial Corp gave $1,000-plus to McInnis, yet in previous campaigns he bestowed the favor on Democrats, including the 2008 presidential campaigns of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden, Congressman John Salazar and Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar’s campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2004. Leo Wendell Cook, founder of Pelican Coast Investments in Palm Desert, California, and his family contributed more than $4,000 to McInnis in the 4th quarter and donated $28,000 to the Republican National Committee. Contributor Fred Malek of McLean, Virginia, was finance committee co-chair for Arizona U.S. Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.

Governor

Dan Maes (R)

Amount raised in 4th Quarter: $5,695.93
Total raised in 2009: $23,365
Cash on Hand: ($4,374)
Candidate Loan: N/A

MAES CONTRIBUTOR ROSTER $1,000 +
Kim Gillam, homemaker, Denver

Notables:
Crested Butte attorney Luke Korkowski, who withdrew his GOP bid for U.S. Senate, contributed $200 to Maes’ campaign. Southern Colorado Tea Party leader Jeanie Katzer, of Pueblo West, gave $100. Maes noted that his campaign contributions rose from 37 individuals in the 3rd quarter to 135 in the final quarter of last year. The candidate is pitching to the Tea Parties and dinner parties, now.

“How often do you get the chance to tell your friends that your have a candidate for governor coming to your house?” Maes asked on his Web site. “You can do exactly that with ‘Dinner with Dan (DWD).’” Maes said that within a week, he lined up three dinner parties and “raised as much money as we did all last quarter!”

“If you’re a great host or hostess, it’s a piece of cake,” encouraged Maes. If not, the campaign offers a coordinator to assist with planning and invitations... but no mention of Rachel Ray’s 30-minute chef skills.

Cash to Consultants:
$750 to Pinnacle Political Resources in Denver and $1,058 to Evergreen Management Group of Golden for the campaign Web site.

Meals & Entertainment Venues:
Cracker Barrel, Pei Wei, Mimi’s Cafe, KFC, Denny’s and Starbucks. Maes splurged $55 for lunch “with Amy” at MacKenzie’s Chophouse in Colorado Springs.

Inside Track:
Is there a mileage log? More than a third of campaign funds have reimbursed Maes for gas — $8,675 in the 4th quarter alone. Add to those reimbursements, a $25 parking ticket in Denver and a $3 parking charge at the Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs plus $103 to attend the “TRITON” event at the hotel. Oh, the added $3 covered “a bank fee” — as in ATM cash fee? — not a parking charge. Advice: Use the Broadmoor’s valet parking — it’s free except for those of us who like to tip!

Attorney General

John Suthers (R)

Raised 4th Quarter: $62,941
Raised 2009: $228,034
Cash on Hand: $170,886

SUTHERS CONTRIBUTOR ROSTER $1,000 +
Committees/Organizations:

Astrazeneca PAC, Wilmington, Delaware, $1,000; COPIC Small Donor Committee, Denver, $1,050.

Colorado:
Christian Anschutz, Western Development Group, Denver; Norman Brownstein, Steven Farber and Bruce James, Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck law firm, Denver; Charles Brega, Fairfield & Woods law firm, Englewood; Allan Hale, Hale Friesen law firm, Denver; Richard Sapkin, realtor, Englewood; Carl Heaton, retired, Littleton; Joseph Kulik, Centennial; Patti Askew, Wheat Ridge; William F. Nicholson, Denver; Becky Medved, Littleton; Joan C. Donner, Colorado Springs; Lisa Williams, Denver; Virginia M. Freyer, Denver; Jerry Grage, Colorado Springs; James B. Wallace, investor, Littleton; Mark Bogosian, Colorado Springs; Nancy Reisherstrohmeyer, Denver; William B. Vollbracht, Land Title Guarantee Company, Denver; Mary S. Reisher, First Bank, Englewood.

Cash to Consultants:
$2,040 to Starboard Group, Littleton; $6,000 to Victoria Blanton, Glendale.

Meals & Entertainment Venue:
Denver Athletic Club ($6,357 tab for a fundraiser).

Odds & Ends:
$200 to National Association of Attorney Generals, $125 to Colorado Springs Leadership Institute and $15 to Adams County Republicans.

Inside Track:
Republicans are singing, “Hallelujah!” They’re grateful to Suthers for abandoning the idea of running for governor last year and instead, running for re-election this year. AG Suthers is nearly assured a coast to victory — saving money and headaches for the GOP.

Dan Slater (D) withdrew his candidacy

Raised 4th Quarter: $1,169
Raised 2009: $1,169
Cash on Hand: 0

SLATER CONTRIBUTOR ROSTER OF $1,000 +
N/A

Odds & Ends:
$149 for lodging in Steamboat Springs, $700 mileage reimbursement.

Inside Track:
Slater has written colorful blogs about his travels to events as state Democratic Party Vice Chair. He’s well known among his political peers, but it takes gobs of money and time to establish statewide name ID. This is a “wish list” seat for Democrats — they’d rather fund winnable races, keep the governorship and Democratic majorities in the Legislature.

Treasurer

Cary Kennedy (D)

Raised 4th Quarter: $70,814
Raised 2009: $273,193
Cash on Hand: $173,674

KENNEDY CONTRIBUTOR ROSTER $1,000+
Committees/Organizations:

Colorado Professional Firefighters, Small Donor Committee $2,500.

Colorado:
Donald Novak, Durango; Joan Soker, Colorado Education/Cultural Facilities Authority, Denver.

Cash to Consultants:
$9,000 to On-Sight Public Affairs, Denver; $3,750 to Barbara A. Scott, compliance consultant in Denver; $921 to Ezra Watland, fundraising consultant in Pueblo; $4,000 to Denver-based IRN for research.

Odds & Ends:
Looks more and more like a grassroots campaign. In the 4th quarter fundraising, of the 452 donations, 99 percent were from Coloradans.

Meals & Entertainment Venue:
McCormick’s Fish House on Wazee Street in Denver, (the campaign spent $1,654 for a fundraising event).

Inside Track:
When Governor Ritter decided not to seek another term last month, Kennedy’s name was circulated as a potential Democratic gubernatorial candidate. Kennedy told The Colorado Statesman that she wasn’t interested in the top job. However, the Kennedy-for-gov rumor had already popped up in coast-to-coast blogs. “Before long, they’ll write that it’s Caroline Kennedy running for governor of Colorado,” laughed Kennedy. More recently, the state Treasurer was the subject of another rumor storm stirred by Republican challenger Ali Hasan, who mass mailed a 24-page scathing review of Kennedy and Republican opponents, J.J. Ament and Walker Stapleton. Kennedy expressed concern about Hasan’s allegations of risky investment. The state has made conservative and safe investments, said Kennedy, who added that consequently, the state has made money despite the economic crisis.

Walker Stapleton (R)

Raised 4th Quarter: $65,603
Raised 2009: $$308,833
Cash on Hand: $270,515

STAPLETON CONTRIBUTOR ROSTER $1,000 +
Committees/Organizations:

Oxbow Carbon & Minerals Holdings Inc. PAC, West Palm Beach, Fla. $1,000

Colorado:
Dr. Ross Wilkins and Jan Wilkins, Evergreen; Brian Peek, Jones Heartz, Denver; John Ramstead, Bernstein Global Wealth, Westminster; Lem O. Smith, Encana, Denver; Michael A. and Teresa Leede, Cherry Hills Village; Paul M. Rady, Antero Resources, Englewood; Barry Hamilton, Red Canyon Software, Denver; Harold Logan, Jr., Basic Materials & Services, Denver; William Vollbracht, Land Title Guarantee Company, Denver; Glenn R. Jones, Jones International, Centennial; Sue L. Fisher, retired, Littleton; Timothy Travis, Eaton Metal, Denver; Charla Cannon, Denver.

Out of State Contributors:
Brent Scowcroft, retired, Bethesda, Maryland; B.G. Baumgardner, retired, Houston, Texas; Paul and Margery Woodberry, Dallas, Texas; Clayland B. Gray, Gray and Schmitz law firm, Washington, D.C.; Leonard J. and
Marilyn S. Smith, Winter Springs, Fla.; Joe and Sandy O’Connor, North Palm Beach, Fla.; Amy Sack, Yahoo public relations, Dallas, Texas; Grace Weiss, Hendersonville, N.C.; Ronald Weiser, realtor, Ann Arbor, Mich.;
Sean Brady, Credit Suisse, New York, N.Y.; Herbert S. Winokar, Jr., investor, Greenwich, Conn.; Jesse F. Sammis III, New England Land Company, Greenwich, Conn.; Theodore Schulze, retired, Greenwich, Conn.; Jonathan Bush, Athena Health, Cambridge, Mass.; Dorothy B. Koch, Bethesda, Maryland; Mary Calhoun,
retired, Santa Rosa, Calif.

Cash to Consultants:
$3,500 to Pinnacle Political Resources, Denver; $2,000 to Sarah K. Granger, Aurora.

Odds & Ends:
Brent Scowcroft is president of The Scowcroft Group, leading experts on international policy, and served as the National Security Advisor to both Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush. From 1982 to 1989, he was Vice Chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm, and he is a member of the
Trilateral Commission and Council on Foreign Relations. Impressive endorsement for Stapleton — the downside is Scowcroft’s Trilateral Commission membership could steam “Tea Party” activists. Stapleton has gathered endorsements from Philip Anschutz, Pete Coors, John Elway, Marc Holtzman, Bill Hybl, Jake Jabs, Edie Marks, Dick Robinson, and more!

Inside Track:
Stapleton has run a lean campaign — and wisely saved for the rainy day. That storm began brewing last month with Hasan’s entry into the Republican contest. Stapleton and Ament have financial investment education and experience — Hasan can’t match their expertise, but he can pour millions of dollars into his campaign.

J.J. Ament (R)

Raised 4th Quarter: $49,678
Raised 2009: $126,818
Cash on Hand: $93,676

AMENT CONTRIBUTOR ROSTER $1,000 +
Committees/Organizations:

N/A

Colorado:
Malcom “Bud” Collier, retired, Greeley Mayor Tom Norton, former state senator; Golden; Jonathan Hauger, Caplogistics, Brighton; Gayle Dendinger, Caplogistics, Golden; Kevin Kersting, Caplogistics, Boulder; John Strohm, Farrell Roeh Group, Cherry Hills; Mary Pat Link, Farrell Roeh, Cherry Hills Village; Louie Carleo, realtor, Pueblo; June Weiss, RW Colorado, Denver; Joseph and Kimberli Hyland, Denver; Laura and James Johnson, G.E. Johnson Construction, Colorado Springs; Brian Peters, Anadarko Petroleum, Castle Rock; Scott Holloway, Enserco Energy, Broomfield; Kaye Lynn Fote, Englewood; Keith Swerdfeger, K.R. Swerdfeger Construction, Pueblo West; Catherine and Daniel Hunt, Asphalt Specialties, Arvada; Zoe Ann Smith, Littleton.

Cash to Consultants:
$8,375 to Jesse Mallory, campaign staffer who is deemed a consultant from Northglenn; $9,288 to R W Colorado, fundraising consultant in Denver; $1,300 to Lacee Artist, fundraising consultant; $2,900 to Peak Creative Media, Denver; $1,759 to 13Logix, Denver.

Odds & Ends:
Ament has provided more than $8,000 of in-kind supplies and equipment to the campaign.

Inside Track:
Ament has oodles of charm, but is short on money. The Republican candidate will fly through the GOP state convention with enough votes to make the ballot, but he won’t avoid a primary battle. We predict a three-way tug-o-war — Ament versus Stapleton and Hasan, who have more cash in their campaign coffers. Ament needs to step up the dialing for dollars, now!

Secretary of State

Bernie Buescher (D)

Raised 4th Quarter: $61,969
Raised 2009: $92,921
Cash on Hand: $65,043

BUESCHER CONTRIBUTION ROSTER $1,000 +
Committees/Organizations:

United Transportation Union Small Donor Committee, Lakewood $1,000

Colorado:
John Powers, Boulder; Charlotte Robinson, Denver attorney; Debbie Hill, Castle Rock; Douglas Aden, retired, Grand Junction; Louis Buescher, family member, Grand Junction.

Out of State Contributors:
Dr. Michael Parseghian, Tucson Orthopedic Institute, Tucson, Arizona; Cicely Parseghian, Foley Hoag law firm, Brookline, Massachusetts; Ara Parseghian, retired, Brookline, Massachusetts.

Cash to Consultants:
$2,750 to Albatross Digital, Denver; $7,000 to On-Sight Public Affairs, Denver; $3,000 to political consulting firm, Ridder/Braden, Denver.

Meals & Entertainment Venue:
The University Club in Denver.

Odds & Ends:
If dollars equal endorsements, Buescher picked up support from current and former legislators. Former state Rep. Ruth Wright, Boulder; former state Sen. Mike Feeley, a lawyer-lobbyist with Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck; former Congressman Ray Kogovsek, now a lobbyist from Pueblo; Rep. Jeanne Labuda, D-Denver;
Sen. Suzanne Williams, D-Aurora; Rep. Debbie Benefield, D-Arvada; Rep. Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, D-Longmont.

Inside Track:
Is there a race? Maybe a dust-up debate will spark greater interest in this race.

Scott Gessler (R)

Raised 4th Quarter: $19,618
Raised 2009: $86,7999
Cash on Hand: $12,231

GESSLER CONTRIBUTION ROSTER $1,000+
Committees/Organizations:

N/A

Colorado:
Former Congressman Bob Beauprez, Lafayette; former U.S. Sen. Bill Armstrong, president of Colorado Christian University, Lakewood; former state Sen. Tom Wiens, a Republican U.S. Senate candidate, Sedalia; Daniel Gerkin, realtor, Castle Rock; Gleneen Brienza, Golden; Ralph J. Nagel, Top Rock Investments, Denver.

Out of State Contributors:
N/A

Cash to Consultants:
$6,750 to JMV Consulting, Denver; $9,000 to Shana Kohn, campaign employee.

Odds & Ends:
Gessler seized the “who’s who” endorsements from conservative Republicans. Beauprez was listed as an “author, realtor, political” on Gessler’s 4th quarter filing.

Meals & Entertainment Venue:
Fiesta Guadalajara in Rifle.

Inside Track:
Gessler hasn’t zapped his campaign with wild-and-crazy expenses — charging the campaign $15 for gas on a mountain stump is reasonable. More curious is the reported “book on elections” purchased for $9.98 from Amazon.com. Hope it’s not “Politics for Dummies”! Gessler’s $12,231 cash on hand pales compared to Buescher’s $65,043 spending money.

Leslie@coloradostatesman.com