Colorado Senate race ranks first nationally in attracting outside money
The Denver Post
Colorado’s U.S. Senate race ranks first in the country for attracting outside money – most of it paying for ads against GOP Senate hopeful Ken Buck and his Democratic opponent, incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet.
Since Aug. 10, $6.5 million has been piped through both recognizable and vague-sounding interest groups peddling – or in most cases trashing – Buck and Bennet on television commercials and in mailers, according to the Sunlight Foundation.
The outside money dwarfs the approximately $3 million the campaigns have spent on ads for the general election. Bennet has spent just under $2 million, and Buck has spent about $1.1 million.
All of this isn’t particularly unusual, but what is raising eyebrows nationally this year is the number of innocuous-sounding organizations – such as the Americans For Job Security and the Coalition to Protect Seniors – with virtually non-traceable donor lists.
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