Hickenlooper raises nearly $1 million, has $1.65 million on hand

Governor John Hickenlooper is likely to find a slew of increasingly-partisan legislation on his desk in the coming months.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, has more cash on hand than any other gubernatorial candidate at this point in an election year since Colorado’s new contribution limits were put in place.

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DENVER — While his four potential Republican rivals continue to battle in a primary, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is raising money at an impressive clip.

Hickenlooper’s campaign announced Monday that it raised $984,564 in the year’s first fundraising quarter, pushing its cash on hand figure to $1.65 million.

That’s the highest cash on hand figure reported by any Colorado gubernatorial candidate since the current campaign contribution limits were imposed.

For perspective, Hickenlooper had $889,000 cash on hand by the April 2010 reporting deadline, which was the previous record.

In 2006, Republican Bob Beauprez had $834,000 cash on hand, the second highest figure.

Beauprez is one of four Republicans vying for a shot to challenge Hickenlooper this fall — and the only one with an ability to self-fund his campaign.

Financial reports from him, along with Tom Tancredo, Scott Gessler and Mike Kopp are also expected to be reported Monday.

Hickenlooper’s haul comes from 3,952 donors, more than half of whom are new contributors, and more than 90 percent of whom are from Colorado, according to his campaign.

“Coloradans on both sides of the Continental Divide know how important it is to keep our momentum up so we can reach our goal of becoming the best state in job creation,” Hickenlooper said. “We are very humbled to receive this level of support from across the state and remain committed to keeping Colorado’s economy healthy.”

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