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Hickenlooper starts at zero in contributions reports

Allison Sherry
The Denver Post

The biggest attention in the fourth-quarter campaign-finance filings may be directed at the candidate with the smallest tally.

Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, who entered the race for governor this month, has a big goose egg by his name in fundraising reports.

That puts him $1 million behind Republican Scott McInnis, who added $479,575 during the past quarter.

“We are starting at zero,” said Mark Eddy, who is helping Hickenlooper put together a campaign staff.

“Clearly it is an uphill battle, and we are the underdog,” Eddy said. “But the candidate is confident that the campaign will raise what it needs to compete and win.”

Political analysts say Hickenlooper has a knack for raising money and point to his first mayoral campaign’s $2.2 million – $1 million more than Wellington Webb raised running for mayor in 1991. Webb served until Hickenlooper succeeded him in 2003.

“It was quite impressive,” said Republican political consultant Katy Atkinson.

Read more: http://www.denverpost.com/ci_14213335#ixzz0czqTDUJR

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