None of the money Johnston collected came from political action committees

Democrat Mike Johnston will report raising more than $625,000 for his gubernatorial campaign to open the year — a sum his campaign touted as a record haul.

The former state senator entered the 2018 race for Colorado’s governor Jan. 17 and recruited more than 2,500 donors in his first 10 weeks as a candidate.

Johnston’s campaign announced the fundraising total Monday and noted that it represents the most a candidate has ever raised in a single quarter before the election year.

Since 2005 campaign finance law changes, Johnston’s team said the previous record was held by Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter, who collected $569,000 in the fourth quarter of 2009.

None of the money Johnston collected came from political action committees, following the candidate’s pledge from his prior campaigns not to take PAC dollars. He also didn’t contribute any money from his own pocket.

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