Coffman, girding for tough reelection fight, raises $404K in 4th quarter

Congressman Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, in his Washington, DC office.

Congressman Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, in his Washington, DC office.

DENVER – Congressman Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, raised more than $2 million in 2013, his campaign announced on Thursday, calling the total haul “an astounding amount for an off-year.”

But Coffman’s fourth quarter haul of $404,827 was actually his lowest total for the year after he hit the half million mark in each of the year’s first three quarters.

Coffman, who faces Democrat Andrew Romanoff this November in what is considered to be one of the most competitive House races in the country, now has $1,477,636 cash on hand.

Romanoff’s campaign hasn’t completed its fourth quarter report, which isn’t due until next week, but a spokesman told FOX31 Denver Thursday that the former House Speaker raised more money than Coffman in the fourth quarter of 2013 and has more cash on hand.

Tyler Sandberg, Coffman’s campaign manager, compared the fundraising numbers by comparing them to what other Colorado incumbents raised in the off-year ahead of their reelection campaigns: $1.18 million for Democratic former Congresswoman Betsy Markey in 2009; and $884,000 for Congressman Ed Perlmutter, D-Golden, in 2011.

“Is the Obama-Pelosi Machine going to do everything¬†in their power to elect my opponent? Clearly,” said Coffman in a statement. “But no one is going to outwork us, and we are game¬†for the fight.”