You know me. I’m the former Republican State Representative from House District 17, the Colorado Springs Swing seat. There’s something almost expected, and annoying, about winning and losing in a Swing seat. It’s difficult to fundraise when the odds are against you. Trust me when I say that it is not enough to have vision and tenacity; it also takes strategy.
As a former candidate, I would like to share how important it is for you to support your El Paso County Republicans and Colorado GOP. For me, the Colorado GOP and the El Paso County Republican party were force multipliers in my campaign. I know they spent money on my campaign as well as in other races, but the resources they bring were more than I could have done on my own with individual contributions. First, let’s start with the law, which defines contribution limits.
Under the Colorado Campaign Finance laws, candidates seeking county and state offices are subject to campaign contribution limits. For a state representative election, the contribution limit is $400 per person and $800 per couple. From small donor committees, these same candidates can receive up to $4,850. The total a candidate can receive from state and county parties, in some combination, cannot exceed $15,975 to the candidate.
See more at Colorado Campaign Finance Contribution Limits
Now, let me show you why these numbers matter. As you can see in the chart below, a candidate could receive $800 from a couple, $4,850 from a small donor committee, and then receive another $15,975 contribution from their party. A candidate, as shown in the chart, given the max from all three (Colorado GOP and El Paso County are splitting the $15,975 in the chart example), can receive up to $21,625. The couple contribution of $800 is 3.59% of the total contribution of $21,625. So I ask, are you really helping your candidate by just giving to them only?
You, as a donor can give to all three organizations for your candidate: to the candidate, to a small donor committee, and the Colorado GOP and El Paso County Republican party organizations. You, as an individual, can give $50 (annually) to your small donor committee, $400 to your candidate, $3,650 to El Paso County Republican party, and in this combination, no more than $3,050 to the Colorado GOP. That is $7,150 to help your candidate, compared to just $400.
If you are a couple, you can donate $100 (annually) to your small donor committee, $800 to your candidate, $7,300 to El Paso County Republicans, and in this combination, no more than $3,050 to the Colorado GOP. That is $11,250 to help your candidate, compared to just $800.
Colorado GOP and El Paso County Republican parties do have more than one candidate to support along with overhead operational costs, but they still have the ability to spend money more effectively over all candidates. For example, campaign walkers handing out literature door-to-door can cover all the districts, where your candidate may not be able to raise money to afford the walkers at all. Another example is phone banks. El Paso County and Colorado GOP can put money into phone banks and callers, where your candidate may not have enough money for the phone banks, even if the candidate has the volunteers. The El Paso County and Colorado GOP may be able to put up signs for your candidate, where the candidate may not have the volunteers or tools and resources to put signs up. By printing campaign literature for numerous candidates, the cost of printing can be significantly less and the candidate can afford to spend resources on other means of communication with potential voters. These are just a few basic examples of how contributing to El Paso County Republicans and the Colorado GOP can positively impact your candidate’s election. As a candidate, these resources were profoundly important to me.
So, how is that money spent to win elections? All contributions and expenses are reported to the Secretary of State’s office and provided to the public for their scrutiny in the TRACER system. Here is the link in case you want to look it over. Colorado Secy of State TRACER system
Remember, there are outside sources that will spend money on a candidate, either for or against. You will see them in TRACER. These are 527 committees. The rules are different for them. Your candidate has absolutely no connection or control over what these committees do with their resources. You can contribute to the 527 committee of your choice, but do not hold your candidate accountable for how the money is spent.
Repeatedly, I came to trust and rely on the multiplier effect of the El Paso County Republican party and the Colorado GOP in my campaigns. I know we won in 2014 because of their engagement. Together, we increased the number of voters for me in the 2016 election significantly, tightening the race outcome.
Today, I ask that you re-think your strategy in how you will support your candidates in 2018. I ask that you seriously consider contributing to your El Paso County Republicans and the Colorado GOP as part of your political campaign contribution strategy. We need a force multiplier in our elections, and this is how it can be done. This is how you can truly get your candidate elected! So contribute. Here are the links and I thank you very much for your generous contributions: