For Immediate Release

April 3, 2017 (Denver) – Today, the Mike Johnston for Colorado campaign announced raising a record of at least $625,000 for the first quarter of 2017. While the final total is still being tabulated, it is certain to be the most raised by any state candidate in one quarter of a non-election year since Colorado’s campaign finance laws were enacted in 2005.

Mike, who is in Salida, Durango, Grand Junction and Carbondale this week to meet voters and tour small businesses, issued the following statement:

“I’m truly honored by this support, but this campaign is about a lot more than quarterly numbers and fundraising reports. I know that sometimes it can feel like our politics are pulling us apart, but these last three months have reaffirmed the frontier truth that working together we can build things no one of us could dream alone. That is the spirit that built Colorado, and is the force that is building this campaign.”

From filing as a candidate on Jan 17 through Mar 31, Mike raised the money from more than 2,500 individual donors.

Among those donors was Kyra Storojev of Douglas County, who gave Mike $100 after hearing him speak, then hosted a meet-and-greet event where Mike got to know some of her neighbors.

“I was listening to him speak and I just thought, there’s something about this guy and his message,” said Kyra, who was particularly drawn to Mike’s commitment to environmental stewardship. “I feel like he has a positive outlook and he has some great ideas. I also think he is clearly supportive of Democratic ideals in governing.”

New campaign finance laws were enacted limiting donations in 2005, eliminating corporate contributions and drastically lowering the maximum donation. Since that time, the previous off-year high was raised by incumbent Governor Bill Ritter, who collected $569,684 in the fourth quarter of 2009.

The campaign did this without raising any money from PACs. Mike has never accepted PAC money in his campaigns.