Friday, October 8, 2010

Event Blog (money in Colo. politics beat) - Tom Tancredo

Tom Tancredo passed around a donations jar before speaking at a town hall meeting Saturday at the University of Denver. With an audience of Rocky Mountain Tea Party members – who seem willing to give money to just about anyone but the government – the jar filled quickly.

Tancredo, the American Constitution Party’s Colorado gubernatorial race candidate, later made a statement that may have caused some donors to itch for their dollars back.

“I will tell you who’s underfunded in this state – every family,” said Tancredo.
Tancredo himself, though, is far from underfunded. And his money is not coming from donation jars at Colorado town hall meetings.

According to a 7News story posted Sept. 30, Tancredo has received donations from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. in the two months since he has been in the race.
Of the $320,220 he had raised, $146,892, or almost 46 percent, came from sources outside of Colorado.

This exceeds the portion of his opponents’ out-of-state funding by more than 35 percent.

Of Dan Maes’ funding, 4.7 percent has come from out-of-state, and of John Hickenlooper’s, 9.5 percent, reported 7News.

Tancredo’s fundraising may be contributing to his steady climb in the polls since joining the race at the end of July.

A Rasmussen Report poll Monday showed Tancredo with 35 percent of the vote, his best position yet, while Democrat John Hickenlooper has 43 percent. Dan Maes, the Republican in the race, was trailing with 16 percent of the vote.

Tancredo’s platform emphasizes state and individual power over federal government, and he called for a “10th Amendment revolution” in his speech on Saturday.

“Let’s explain to them where the power comes from, and how it needs to be taken back from the federal government,” he said.

Tancredo, it seems, gets much of his own power from the states. All of the states.

A former Republican, Tancredo switch his affiliation to the American Constitution Party to have a better chance of beating Democratic nominee John Hickenlooper.

He served in the U.S. House for five terms, representing Colorado’s 6th congressional district.

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