Monday was the first campaign-finance reporting deadline ahead of June's Democratic primary for Boulder County district attorney. The two candidates reported the following cash on hand via contributions and loans.
Michael Dougherty: $55,410
Source: Colorado Secretary of State's Office
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to include a $17,000 loan from Michael Dougherty to his campaign.
In the first round of campaign-finance reports filed in the Boulder County district attorney's race, State Rep. Mike Foote raised more than $50,000 compared to incumbent DA Michael Dougherty's $38,000 — but about $16,000 of Foote's contributions were rolled over from his previous legislative campaign.
Dougherty also loaned his campaign $17,000, which brings his total amount of available funds to more than $55,000.
Foote, who represents eastern Boulder County in the state Legislature, listed $50,378.18 in contributions and Dougherty detailed $38,410 in donations in filings made to the Colorado Secretary of State's Office on Monday, the first reporting deadline ahead of the June 26 Democratic primary.
"I'm humbled by the outpouring of support our campaign received in the first three months of fundraising," Foote said in a statement. "We aren't accepting contributions from corporate PACs or the oil and gas industry. We're counting on local donors to fund this grassroots effort. In a very short amount of time we have built a campaign that will win in June. I'm proud of our team and honored by the support of the community."
Foote said he was especially pleased that his contributions were local.
"Our support comes almost entirely from people in our community," Foote said in the statement. "Protecting Boulder County has been the cause of my professional life. That's the message we're spreading around the county. It's clearly connecting with people."
But while Foote outraised Dougherty overall, $15,966.19 of his total contributions came from his now-abandoned legislative re-election campaign.
Dougherty also was in a previous race — for Colorado attorney general — before Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed him to succeed DA Stan Garnett, who stepped down earlier this year.
But because the attorney general's race had higher contribution limits than district attorney and state legislative races, Dougherty was not allowed to transfer funds he raised during that campaign. Instead, he said he withdrew the money and either returned it to the original donors or donated it to nonprofit groups.
"I returned all of the contributions received during the attorney general campaign because that was the right thing to do," Dougherty said. "That I started from zero and was able to raise that amount of money has been really terrific and really heartening."
Dougherty pointed out that, not counting the rolled-over amount, he raised about $4,000 more than Foote.
"I'm very excited by the amount of support we've received and we are right on track, especially considering I am leading the office, and have been doing exactly what people want me to as district attorney ... which is placing a priority on being district attorney as opposed to fundraising," he said.
Many of Foote's contributors were local politicians, with donations reported from Boulder Mayor Suzanne Jones, Longmont Mayor Brian Bagley, all three Boulder County commissioners and fellow state legislators Edie Hooton and KC Becker.
Dougherty has more contributions from other lawyers and law enforcement, including from Garnett, Assistant District Attorney Ken Kupfner, numerous Boulder deputy district attorneys, Boulder police Chief Greg Testa and Louisville police Chief David Hayes.
Foote and Dougherty, both Democrats, are the only candidates seeking the position, so the June primary will effectively decide the race.