Joe Coors is Colorado's top political target of outside groups: $1.7 million spent so far
Congressional candidate Joe Coors may be spending big on advertisements this election season -- but so are the allies of his opponent, who are pouring money into the race at very high rates, dominating independent spending across the state. Outside groups have spent a whopping total of $1,728,848.66 on efforts listed as "opposing Joe Coors." That's about 96 percent of all independent dollars in his race.
Earlier this summer, spending from independent groups against Coors was greater than the sum total of independent expenditures in all of the other congressional races in Colorado combined, Coors spokesman Michelle Yi tells us.
That changed recently, Federal Election Commission reports show, as a lot more money has been spent in the increasingly heated sixth district race between Democratic challenger Joe Miklosi and Republican incumbent Mike Coffman. That race has attracted $3.4 million from outside groups, putting it ahead of spending in Coors' race against Democratic incumbent Ed Perlmutter, where around $1.8 million has been spent.
Sam Levin Ed Perlmutter, left, and Joe Coors, second to right, at a recent congressional debate.
Still, Yi says Coors wins the dollar prize for the Congressional candidate in the state facing the most spending in outside attacks. (And it seems Miklosi and Coffman are not far behind, both facing a great deal of money from opposing groups).
The spending in this case refers only to independent expenditures, meaning funding from groups that in theory aren't coordinating with the campaigns but are still required to report their finances to the FEC.
Both Perlmutter and Coors, running to represent the seventh district -- which includes parts of Jefferson, Arapahoe and Adams counties -- have spent a lot of campaign money on advertisements, which is likely clear to anyone who lives in that district and watches television. According to FEC reports, Coors has $2,960,900 in disbursements and $91,199 cash on hand. Perlmutter has $2,301,629 in disbursements on record and $229,910 on hand.
A look at spending from the outside groups is especially important in this race, given that a lot of the back-and-forth has been focused on the personal wealth of Coors, who has faced criticism for his personal record in private sector endeavors.
The spin from the Coors campaign is that this outside spending is proof he's a very viable candidate and that Perlmutter and his allies are concerned they could lose.
"Joe is clearly giving Ed a big scare in this race," says Yi.
Continue for more details from the FEC filings and response from the Perlmutter campaign.