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The Denver Post: Buck says Colorado GOP outmatched by Dems' tactics
The Denver Post has an article about the recent Senate campaign that cites data from the Sunlight Foundation:

Though Buck and Bennet had roughly equal amounts of outside TV money spent against them — Buck suffering $11.3 million in such hits, according to the Sunlight Foundation, and Bennet taking hits worth $10.7 million — Buck said Republicans need a better plan.

Democratic ads may be funded by a variety of trial lawyers, women's groups or unions, Buck said, but they appear to coordinate on finding messages that resonate in Colorado. State Democrats also have an extensive get-out-the-vote operation and advocacy groups researching and attacking candidates, Buck added.

Democrats have a "large amount of money spent on infrastructure, and that's where I think Republicans are really losing," he said.
msm  sunlightfoundation  kenbuck  michaelbennet  democrats  colorado  campaignfinance 
november 2010 by sunlightfoundation
Roll Call: Michael Bennet Looks to Erase Debt
Roll Call has an article about the Bennet campaign asking for money to pay off debts that includes a citation of outside spending records compiled by the Sunlight Foundation:

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet is seeking help to pay off his campaign debt after an expensive and successful fight for election to a full term.

In a fundraising e-mail to supporters Tuesday, Bennet asked for a “final contribution of $5 or more now” to help pay off some outstanding debt. On his most recent Federal Election Commission filing, Bennet reported $887,692 in debt through Oct. 13.



Although Bennet outspent Buck by more than $7 million, outside interests spent nearly $33 million on the race, according to the Sunlight Foundation — the most of any race in the country.
msm  sunlightfoundation  rollcall  michaelbennet  colorado  kenbuck  campaignfinance  independentexpenditures 
november 2010 by sunlightfoundation
Fox News: Ken Buck Concedes Colorado Senate Seat
Fox News in Texas has a piece about Ken Buck conceding the Colorado Senate race and cites outside spending from the Sunlight Foundation:

Buck, 51, the Weld County District Attorney, had never run a congressional race before. He called for repealing Obama’s health care overhaul and supported a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Buck also took aim at the Department of Energy and the Department of Education for being bloated, and called for an end to government support of Amtrak and the U.S. Postal Service.

Bennet criticized Buck’s views as extreme, while Buck’s campaign blasted Bennet’s support of the economic stimulus package.

Both candidates together laid out more than $4 million in the race, but outside groups spent more than $23 million -- the most for any race in the nation, according to the nonprofit nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation.
msm  sunlightfoundation  colorado  michaelbennet  kenbuck  senate  campaignfinance 
november 2010 by sunlightfoundation
Fox News: Ken Buck Concedes Colorado Senate Seat
Fox News in Texas has a piece about Ken Buck conceding the Colorado Senate race and cites outside spending from the Sunlight Foundation:

Buck, 51, the Weld County District Attorney, had never run a congressional race before. He called for repealing Obama’s health care overhaul and supported a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Buck also took aim at the Department of Energy and the Department of Education for being bloated, and called for an end to government support of Amtrak and the U.S. Postal Service.

Bennet criticized Buck’s views as extreme, while Buck’s campaign blasted Bennet’s support of the economic stimulus package.

Both candidates together laid out more than $4 million in the race, but outside groups spent more than $23 million -- the most for any race in the nation, according to the nonprofit nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation.
foxnews  msm  sunlightfoundation  colorado  michaelbennet  kenbuck  senate  campaignfinance 
november 2010 by sunlightfoundation
Fort Morgan Times: Colorado Senate race down to the wire
The Associated Press has a piece about the Colorado Senate race that cites the out-of-state money that was reported on by the Sunlight Foundation:

The Colorado race attracted more out-of-state campaign money than any other Senate contest this year -- almost $33 million, according to the Washington-based watchdog group Sunlight Foundation.

Bennet and Buck used similar last-minute campaign strategies. Both worked phones with volunteers and stood on street corners waving to motorists. And both stayed in the Front Range, which includes Denver and has some 80 percent of the state's voters.
colorado  associatedpress  msm  sunlightfoundation  kenbuck  michaelbennet  campaignfinance 
november 2010 by sunlightfoundation
USA Today: Colorado: Senate race still undecided
USA Today has an article about the close Colorado Senate race that cites the spending by outside groups from data collected by the Sunlight Foundation:

Outside groups poured nearly $33 million into the race, the most of any state, more than in any other state, according to the Sunlight Foundation, which tracks independent expenditures. More money was spent to support Buck than Bennet: $3.3 million vs. $1.4 million. More was also spent to oppose him: $11.3 million vs. $10.7 million.

Voters' unhappiness "reflects $40 million of negative advertising, which is about twice as much as we've ever seen," says Floyd Ciruli, an independent pollster in Denver.

Opposition ads painted Bennet as an Obama administration puppet and pounded Buck for his stance against abortion in almost all cases and in favor of considering a national sales tax.
usatoday  msm  sunlightfoundation  michaelbennet  kenbuck  colorado  senate  campaignfinance 
november 2010 by sunlightfoundation
Washington Examiner: Colorado Senate race still too close to call
The Associated Press has a piece about the Colorado Senate race that cites the out-of-state money that was reported on by the Sunlight Foundation:

The Colorado race attracted more out-of-state campaign money than any other Senate contest this year -- almost $33 million, according to the Washington-based watchdog group Sunlight Foundation.

Bennet and Buck used similar last-minute campaign strategies. Both worked phones with volunteers and stood on street corners waving to motorists. And both stayed in the Front Range, which includes Denver and has some 80 percent of the state's voters.
msm  sunlightfoundation  colorado  senate  michaelbennet  kenbuck  associatedpress  campaignfinance 
november 2010 by sunlightfoundation
Fox News: Colo. Senate Race Headed Toward Possible Recount
The Associated Press has a piece about the Colorado Senate race that cites the out-of-state money that was reported on by the Sunlight Foundation:

The Colorado race attracted more out-of-state campaign money than any other Senate contest this year -- almost $33 million, according to the Washington-based watchdog group Sunlight Foundation.

Bennet and Buck used similar last-minute campaign strategies. Both worked phones with volunteers and stood on street corners waving to motorists. And both stayed in the Front Range, which includes Denver and has some 80 percent of the state's voters.
msm  sunlightfoundation  campaignfinance  colorado  kenbuck  michaelbennet  senate  associatedpress 
november 2010 by sunlightfoundation
Colorado Daily: Possible recount looms for Ken Buck and Michael Bennet in tight Senate race
The Associated Press has a piece about the Colorado Senate race that cites the out-of-state money that was reported on by the Sunlight Foundation:

The Colorado race attracted more out-of-state campaign money than any other Senate contest this year -- almost $33 million, according to the Washington-based watchdog group Sunlight Foundation.

Bennet and Buck used similar last-minute campaign strategies. Both worked phones with volunteers and stood on street corners waving to motorists. And both stayed in the Front Range, which includes Denver and has some 80 percent of the state's voters.
colorado  sunlightfoundation  kenbuck  michaelbennet  senate  campaignfinance  associatedpress  msm 
november 2010 by sunlightfoundation
The Coloradoan: Bennet, Buck in dead heat for Senate
The Associated Press has a piece about the Colorado Senate race that cites the out-of-state money that was reported on by the Sunlight Foundation:

The Colorado race attracted more out-of-state campaign money than any other Senate contest this year -- almost $33 million, according to the Washington-based watchdog group Sunlight Foundation.

Bennet and Buck used similar last-minute campaign strategies. Both worked phones with volunteers and stood on street corners waving to motorists. And both stayed in the Front Range, which includes Denver and has some 80 percent of the state's voters.
msm  sunlightfoundation  kenbuck  michaelbennet  senate  campaignfinance  colorado  associatedpress 
november 2010 by sunlightfoundation
KMGH: Colo. Senate Race Results: Still Too Close To Call
The Associated Press has a piece about the Colorado Senate race that cites the out-of-state money that was reported on by the Sunlight Foundation:

The Colorado race attracted more out-of-state campaign money than any other Senate contest this year -- almost $33 million, according to the Washington-based watchdog group Sunlight Foundation.

Bennet and Buck used similar last-minute campaign strategies. Both worked phones with volunteers and stood on street corners waving to motorists. And both stayed in the Front Range, which includes Denver and has some 80 percent of the state's voters.
msm  sunlightfoundation  colorado  michaelbennet  kenbuck  senate  campaignfinance  associatedpress 
november 2010 by sunlightfoundation
Colorado Springs Business Journal: Senate race down to the wire
The Associated Press has a piece about the Colorado Senate race that cites the out-of-state money that was reported on by the Sunlight Foundation:

The Colorado race attracted more out-of-state campaign money than any other Senate contest this year -- almost $33 million, according to the Washington-based watchdog group Sunlight Foundation.

Bennet and Buck used similar last-minute campaign strategies. Both worked phones with volunteers and stood on street corners waving to motorists. And both stayed in the Front Range, which includes Denver and has some 80 percent of the state's voters.
msmblog  associatedpress  kenbuck  michaelbennet  senate  campaignfinance  colorado 
november 2010 by sunlightfoundation
Politics Colorado: Colorado tops the nation for money being spent on a Senate race
Politics Colorado has a blog post on outside spending in the Colorado 2010 midterm elections that cites data from the Sunlight Foundation.

"The race ranks first-in-the-nation according to the amount of outside money being spent to sway voters. As of 4:45p.m. Friday, the website for the Sunlight Foundation, which tracks campaign contributions, listed $29,321,046 in total outside spending on the race. The money is coming in so fast the amount changes as the day goes on. The foundation's Nancy Watzman has been tracking the race pitting incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet against conservative Tea Party favorite Ken Buck."
sunlightfoundation  blog  colorado  kenbuck  michaelbennet  campaignfinance  independentexpenditures 
november 2010 by sunlightfoundation
tagheuerreplica: Senate race sparks spending
Tagheuerreplica has a blog post on Colorado's Senate race and outside spending that cites data from the Sunlight Foundation.

"More money from outside groups has flowed into Colorado’s U.S. Senate matchup than any other race in the country, according to data from the Sunlight Foundation.
A whopping $31 million has gone into the contest between Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet and Republican challenger Ken Buck."
blog  colorado  sunlightfoundation  senate  campaignfinance  kenbuck  michaelbennet 
november 2010 by sunlightfoundation
The Denver Post: Political Polygraph: NEA Advocacy Fund television ad
The Denver Post has an article fact-checking a recent political ad that cites independent spending data from the Sunlight Foundation:

Buck's complaint is not with the student loans themselves — his campaign has reiterated that Buck does not want to eliminate student loans. His argument is that private lenders should be managing the student loan market, instead of the federal government.

The Recovery act did also provide funds for Pell Grants, need-based grants to low-income families, increasing the number of students who qualify for those grants.

The ad was paid for by the National Education Association (NEA) Advocacy Fund. According to the Sunlight Foundation, the NEA Advocacy Fund has spent $1.35 million to oppose Buck's race. It's more than double what they've spent on any other race around the country.
denverpost  msm  sunlightfoundation  campaignfinance  lobbyists  colorado  kenbuck  michaelbennet 
october 2010 by sunlightfoundation
The Denver Post: Rival ad-buys pour $1.4 million more into Senate contest
The Denver Post has a brief post about a recent ad buy in the Colorado Senate race that cites data from the Sunlight Foundation:

A couple of major advertising buys from the National Education Association and the National Republican Senatorial Committee boosted Colorado's Senate-race spending by more than $1 million early this week.

The NEA's advocacy fund put $547,000 into radio ads targeting Republican Ken Buck, according to the latest tally of FEC filings from the Sunlight Foundation. Tuesday, the National Republican Senatorial Committee threw $862,000 against Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, one of its bigger ad buys in the week.

Outside groups have spent more than $27 million in Colorado, according to the foundation, the largest total of any state in the country.
denverpost  msm  sunlightfoundation  colorado  senate  michaelbennet  kenbuck 
october 2010 by sunlightfoundation
New York Times - The Caucus Blog: Both Parties Seek Edge in Colorado Senate Race
The New York Times' The Caucus blog has a post about midterm election spending in Colorado that cites data from the Sunlight Foundation:

Both men are keenly aware that the outcome in Colorado could determine control of the Senate if Republican candidates in other close races surge to victory. As a result, money has poured into the contest from every direction. The two national party committees have spent more than $11 million combined, and that doesn’t count spending by the two candidates themselves.

And both men are the recipients of help from independent organizations eager to tip the balance in their favor. The Sunlight Foundation, which tracks outside spending, says that more than $25 million has poured into the state’s Senate race, more than in any other in the nation.
msmblog  nyt  sunlightfoundation  colorado  michaelbennet  kenbuck 
october 2010 by sunlightfoundation
The Denver Post - The Spot: Sen. Michael Bennet bit by the hand that fed him at Anschutz Corp.
The Denver Post's The Spot blog has a post that cites reporting from the Sunlight Foundation:

Sen. Michael Bennet frequently touts his private business experience on the campaign trail, having made millions for the Anschutz Corp. as a managing director overseeing oil and gas and movie theater deals. But that hasn’t stopped billionaire Phil Anschutz from helping to bankroll Bennet’s opponents, including a $50,000 contribution to a group running attack ads against Bennet as a “rubber stamp” for Democrats.

Sunlight Foundation records show ad buys against Bennet from the First Amendment Alliance; the ad embedded below includes swipes at the senator for votes on the stimulus bill and other issues. The group has also run ads against other Demcorats in key senate races in Nevada, Kentucky and elsewhere.
denverpost  msmblog  sunlightfoundation  colorado  michaelbennet  independentexpenditures 
october 2010 by sunlightfoundation

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