Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Another wake up call for Dan Maes

Colorado GOP gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes reported raising only $14,000 in the past two weeks, leaving political observers wondering how he can continue to the November election.

American Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo reported raising $120,000 and Democrat John Hickenlooper raised $218,000, according to reports filed with the Colorado Secretary of State's office.

A Maes campaign spokesman had no immediate response.

Political consultant Floyd Ciruli said Maes has been abandoned by the Republican Party and tea party supporters and he questioned whether Maes could continue campaigning with only $24,000 left in the bank.

"He can't run a campaign on that. All he can do is go through the motions and attend debates," Ciruli said.

Tancredo also outpaced Maes in August fundraising, collecting $200,485 compared with Maes' $50,201. At the time, Maes reported nearly $18,000 cash on hand, compared with more than $141,000 for Tancredo.

Last week, Maes predicted record fundraising.

"Let me just say that this is the day we are going to raise $500,000 thru small and medium donations to show the establishment and the Colorado voter that we have the support needed to win," he said Friday. The message was still on his page Tuesday, the day after Maes filed his latest report.

Tancredo's spokesman, Cliff Dodge, said the lack of financial support will hurt Maes.

"I don't think he's going to be viable. I don't think this is going to excite anybody," Dodge said.

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