Mike Johnston Campaign Breaks New Fundraising Record

January 11, 2018

For Immediate Release
January 11, 2018
Contact: Lani Young at 720-263-7165

Campaign passes $1.5 million in yearly fundraising as enthusiasm builds. 

DENVER – Mike Johnston’s campaign for governor raised more than $1.5 million in 2017, setting a new record for the most money raised by a gubernatorial candidate from either party in an off-year since campaign finance reform was enacted in 2002.

“I am grateful for the enthusiasm Coloradans have shown for our campaign,” Johnston said. “And I am excited to be well positioned to move into the election year prepared to deliver voters our message of bringing people together to achieve real, progressive results for the people of Colorado.”

Johnston, a Democrat, lifelong teacher and school principal, and former two-term state senator from NE Denver, raised $255,640 in the 4th quarter of 2017. The campaign had 852 people donate this quarter, nearly 60% of whom are Coloradans.

That brings his total for 2017 to $1,524,593 in 6,781 contributions from 5,175 individuals. The prior mark was set by former Gov. Bill Ritter, also a Democrat, who raised $1,493,659 in 2009 before choosing not to seek re-election to a second term.

“I’m humbled by the interest in our campaign, as shown not just by the contributions but by the thousands of folks from across the state who have offered to volunteer their time for us in the coming weeks,” Johnston said. “It’s exciting to move forward into 2018 with so much momentum and support for our campaign. We are building the grassroots campaign that will be necessary to overcome the ability of some in this field to write personal million dollar checks.”

These contributions have allowed Johnston to invest early in hiring a team of organizers working across the state building support and a deep grassroots volunteer base. Alongside the work of this team, Johnston himself has met with voters in 55 counties over the last year and these funds will enable him to continue to have conversations with Coloradans in every corner of our state to ensure their voices shape the future of Colorado.

Johnston, whose campaign has been endorsed by Colorado Democratic icons like former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, former State Rep. Wilma Webb and former U.S. Sen. Gary Hart, was the first candidate to call for Colorado to be powered by energy from 100 percent renewable sources by 2040. He has also put forth a plan to provide all Coloradans with two years of college or job training in exchange for service to the state. On Tuesday, he rolled out his platform on changes to our criminal justice system.

To learn more about Mike and his ideas for Colorado, visit his campaign website at


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