Gov. Hickenlooper begins fundraising for 2014 race

The Colorado Statesman

It hasn’t even been six months since Gov. John Hickenlooper took office, but he’s kicking off his fundraising for 2014 this weekend with a barbeque at his Park Hill home. The co-chairs of the event include some of the same Republicans who supported his election bid in 2010, such as Greg Maffei, a major fundraiser for former GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain and other Republican candidates, and Larry Mizel, a well known Republican businessman in Denver who was instrumental in raising big bucks for Hickenlooper’s first gubernatorial campaign.

Dubbed the “1st Annual Backyard BBQ,” the late afternoon event on June 25 has a minimum price tag of $500 for guests, $1,100 for co-hosts and co-chairs are obligated to raise $5,000 for the Hickenlooper for Colorado campaign.

Those who have committed to serving as co-chairs — so far — are Jim Carpenter, Peter Dea, Stanton Dodge, Lee and Katey Driscoll, Steve and Cindy Farber, Cole Finegan, Maria Garcia-Berry, John Huggins and Monica Martinez, Ray and Linda Kogovsek, Jim Mulligan and Joan Burleson, Chuck and Mary Lou Murphy, Denis Murstein and Roxane White, Rick Sapkin, Gail Schoettler, Mike and Sally Stratton, Wellington and Wilma Webb, and Tim and Mary Wolf.

Maffei and Mizel are also co-chairs of the event for Democrat Hickenlooper.

The invitation promises “good food, great beer and even better company.”

It’s a good thing Hickenlooper and his wife, Helen Thorpe, have a big home. Judging from the RSVP list, the barbeque should be overflowing not only with beef and beer but with an impressive, and large, crowd of well heeled Hickenlooper supporters.

One of the co-hosts of this Saturday’s event told The Colorado Statesman that it’s never too early to start raising money and getting it into the bank.

jody@coloradostatesman.com