The private sector has obviously treated Robert Blaha very, very well. He’s a model of what entrepreneurs can accomplish, if they know what they’re doing. If he wasn’t, he wouldn’t be able to hand his own campaign $722,000.
Yup. According to the latest FEC report (which I neglected to write about until now), Blaha has loaned a whopping $722,082 to his congressional campaign. And he’s raised only $96,228, for a grand total of $818,310. That’s as of June 6, a week and a half ago.
At that point, Blaha’s campaign had spent just under $805,000, and had only $13,000 left in its coffers. That was 20 days from the primary, though, so it’s not unlikely that Blaha would have loaned his campaign even more.
Incumbent Congressman Doug Lamborn, who Blaha is running against, has raised roughly $465,000, and has loaned his campaign $15,000. He’s spent about $591,000, and has $44,000 left.
A few interesting donors:
Three relatives of Congressman Ed Perlmutter, a Democrat from Golden, have contributed a total of $2,800 to Lamborn’s campaign.
Stephannie Finley, who used to run communications for the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, gave Lamborn $250 while still working for the chamber. Finley is now an executive with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
State Rep. Janak Joshi, R-Colorado Springs, gave Lamborn $700.
Former Speaker of the Colorado State House of Representatives Lola Spradley gave Lamborn $500.
Steve Durham, a former state senator and longtime lobbyist, (who I’ve heard described as the Godfather of the Capitol) gave Blaha $500.
I didn’t recognize any other big political names in Blaha’s donation list. But, then again, Lamborn’s been around Colorado politics for more than a decade, and Blaha is a newbie.