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Colorado: Ritter raises money from dentists, unions

DENVER, Colorado – Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter continues to raise money for his re-election bid.

Campaign finance records show the governor collected $450,000 last quarter, with big donations from dentists and satellite television executives from Dish Network and Echostar.

Dr. Neil Norton, Comfort Dental’s executive vice president, said most of the company’s 200 partners voluntarily agreed to donate because they like Ritter’s ideas on health care.

“We believe he’s the one that best represents what we’re trying to accomplish,” Norton said.

Comfort Dental held a fundraiser for Ritter in September, and the governor met with 35 of the dentists at a Coors Field suite during a Colorado Rockies game.

Comfort Dental’s donations to Ritter totaled $38,135. Dish Network and Echostar also held a fundraiser for Ritter and raised $31,750.

Ritter also raised $17,500 from labor unions, despite picketing and complaints from some labor unions over Ritter vetoes of union-backed legislation. He picked up support from the Service Employees International Union and two unions representing public employees.

“There are a lot of different groups within the labor movement,” said David Kenney, Ritter’s campaign manager.

Ritter doesn’t have any Democratic opposition in next year’s election.

Ritter also received some support from U.S. Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, who gave the governor $1,050, the maximum allowed. In January, Ritter appointed Bennet to his senate seat, which was previously held by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.


Information from: The Denver Post,

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