Wide divide between Morgan Carroll, Mike Coffman on PAC donations in Aurora CD6 race


AURORA | Democratic candidate Morgan Carroll said she raised  $277,577 from more than 2,000 individual donors in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to a January news release from her campaign in the race for Colorado’s 6th Congressional District seat.

That’s about $35,000 less than the district’s Republican incumbent, U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, whose campaign said he raised more than $313,000 by the end of 2015.

State Sen. Morgan Carroll, seen here July 6 at the Aurora Sentinel office, will be running for Congress. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora SentinelCoffman ended the year with around $1 million in cash on hand, which is a little more than double the $452,000 Carroll reported at the end of 2015, according to reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission through Dec. 31, 2015.

Coffman is serving his fourth term in the competitive district. The district includes Aurora and some of Denver’s eastern suburbs. He won the district in 2014 after one of the most contentious and expensive House races in the country, pushing back former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff.

Carroll has represented Aurora in the state Senate since 2009 and was president of the chamber in 2014, before the GOP took the majority.

“I am proud to have so many grassroots supporters on my team, and I’m encouraged by the thousands of people who have stepped up for a change in the way we’re represented in Washington,” she said in a statement. “I have a record of delivering real results for Colorado families, and that’s exactly what we need in Congress. ”

The vast majority of Carroll’s money has come from individual contributions, according to the latest FEC report, while around $100,000 has come from political action committees.

The biggest indiviudal donor to her campaign for 2015 is EMILY’s List, which contributed $6,350. Other notable indiviudal donors who contributed $5,400 include Fort Collins billionaire-philanthropist Pat Stryker, SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, and New Belgium Brewery co-founder Kim Jordan.

Carroll also recieved a substantial contribution of $10,000 from The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Political Action Committee, an AFL-CIO-affiliated labor union representing more than 750,000 electrical workers nationwide.

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2012 file photo, Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo. speaks in Denver. Coffman reported a little more than $866,000 in individual contributions, and around $500,000 from political action committees.

Other notable indiviudal donors to Coffman’s campaign include former water works executive Marilyn Ware, who contributed $5,300. Coffman’s individual donors reads like a who’s who of Colorado businessmen and billionaire philanthropists. Large donors include Phillip Anschutz, Larry Mizel, American Furniture Warehouse CEO Jake Jabs and Land Title Company of Colorado founder William Vollbracht.

Coffman received contributions of $10,000 from conservative groups and political action committees that include the Freedom Project, the Prosperity Aciton Inc. PAC, the New Pioneers PAC, the Majority Committee PAC, the KochPack, the Jobs, Economy and Budget Fund (JEB Fund), the Eye of the Tiger PAC and the Bluegrass Commitee PAC.

Physician Perry Haney has loaned himself $1 million, though it’s not clear what sort of challenge he’ll put up to the former Senate president.

Aurora’s CD6 is divided almost evenly among Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated voters.  For years a Republican stronghold, the district was redrawn in 2012 to include a much more diverse population, including a Latino contingent that now makes up about 20 percent of the district’s population.

— The Associated Press contributed to this story.