Polis injects $2M into race for Eagle Co.’s. House seat | VailDaily.com

Polis injects $2M into race for Eagle Co.’s. House seat

DENVER, Colorado ” Internet entrepreneur Jared Polis has contributed another $2.1 million of his own funds to his congressional campaign for total self-donations of nearly $3.7 million ” perhaps the most for any candidate seeking a U.S. House seat this year.

The leader had been Illinois Republican James Oberweis. Oberweis donated nearly $2.9 million to his campaign before losing a special election in March.

In May, Polis put more than $500,000 into his campaign for the Democratic nomination for the 2nd Congressional District race. Polis is vying with former state Senate President Joan Fitz-Gerald and conservationist Wil Shafroth for the nomination to replace Mark Udall. The primary is Aug. 12.

“Jared is the only candidate in this race who will go to Washington with true independence from hard-nosed special interests,” said his campaign manager, Robert Becker.

Fitz-Gerald has contributed $15,000 to her own campaign. Shafroth has donated $6,900.

“This is clearly not the way I have chosen to run my campaign,” Shafroth said of Polis’ donations. “Bottom line, 99 percent of my contributions have come from hardworking individuals, people who are thirsting for real, honest change.”

Mary Alice Mandarich, spokeswoman for Fitz-Gerald, said that while many Americans are “struggling to pay their bills … the fact that Polis has now put in $3.7 million is not reflective of this district or middle-class America.”

Polis and Fitz-Gerald earned enough votes at a district assembly and convention to get on the August ballot. Fitz-Gerald received 60.1 percent of the vote. Polis got 39.9 percent. Shafroth is trying to petition his way onto the primary ballot.

Udall is running for the U.S. Senate.

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