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Senate candidates Bennet, Norton outraise Colorado rivals

Burt Hubbard
The Denver Post

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet raised about twice as much money as Democratic challenger Andrew Romanoff during the three weeks that the two candidates were competing for donations in September.

But Republican candidate Jane Norton beat them both in money raised from individuals between Sept. 10 and Sept. 30.

A Denver Post review of campaign contributions for the 2010 Senate election during the third quarter showed:

• Romanoff’s initial money came from his Denver base. He got a little more than half of his itemized donations from Denver residents and 72 percent from Coloradans.

• Bennet continued to get a majority of his money from large donors from outside the state, but the percentage of out-of-state

Andrew Romanoff, Colorado’s speaker of the house (AP | DAVID ZALUBOWSKI)

donations fell during the third quarter. He also reported getting more than $50,000 bundled by two lobbyists.

• Norton tapped into the traditional big-money donors from Colorado that previously sat on the sidelines. She got about one-fourth of her money from 12 prominent Republican families and received more than $300,000 from donors giving the maximum $2,400 each.

• The national leadership of both parties has made its preferences clear in the race for Colorado’s Senate seat. Norton and Bennet raised more than $30,000 each from leadership political action committees. Romanoff and Ken Buck, the other major Republican candidate running, received nothing in September.

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