Hickenlooper outpaces GOP challengers in quarterly fundraising haul

Former Congressman Tom Tancredo outside the Clear Channel radio studios where he announced his candidacy for governor in May.

Former Congressman Tom Tancredo outside the Clear Channel radio studios where he announced his candidacy for governor in May.

DENVER — Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo raised $186,013 during the year’s third fundraising quarter, FOX31 Denver was first to report Tuesday.

Tancredo, one of four Republicans vying to challenge Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper next year, finished second to Hickenlooper in the 2010 gubernatorial race after mounting a late run as a third party candidate.

Secretary of State Scott Gessler, who filed late Tuesday afternoon, came in second among the GOP gubernatorial hopefuls, posting $114,000 in contributions during the quarter despite officially launching his campaign just a few weeks earlier.

State Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, told FOX31 Denver Tuesday afternoon that his campaign raised just over $100,000 in the quarter.

Brophy said he spent much of August farming but had a solid month raising money in September. He also had to cancel his annual watermelon shoot, which would have served as a fundraiser for his campaign.

Brophy’s campaign report, filed later in the day, showed $92,471 in monetary contributions; that, combined with another $9,667 in non-monetized contributions, does put Brophy just over the $100,000 mark.

Former Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp doesn’t have to file a financial report until January because he just launched his campaign last week.

Hickenlooper’s campaign told FOX31 Denver Tuesday afternoon that it raised $224,236 in the third quarter, bringing its total cash on hand to $733,772.