More than a half-million dollars poured into the race between Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman and his Democrat opponent, Jason Crow, over the past several months, setting up another expensive campaign for the 6th Congressional District seat in the Denver metro.
Coffman reported getting $352,504 in contributions between April 1 and June 30 while spending about $107,000. Of the money raised by the Aurora congressman, about half — just over $170,000 — came from political action committees.
Among those PAC contributions was $1,500 from the Rolls-Royce North America PAC, $4,000 from the Honeywell International PAC, $1,000 from the Lockheed Martin PAC, $2,000 from the Boeing Political Action Committee and $1,000 General Dynamics Corporation Political Plan. All are involved in the defense industry, and Coffman sits on the House Armed Services Committee.
Coffman also got $2,000 from the DaVita Inc. PAC, $2,000 from the Comcast Corporation & NBCUniversal PAC, and $5,000 from the Deloitte PAC.
He had $505,572 on hand at the end of last month.
Crow, a Denver attorney, raised $287,581 in contributions between April and the start of July while spending about $45,000. He has touted that 80 percent of the total money he received came from more than 1,100 unique donors. Of the money he raised, $20,000 came from political action committees.
Among those PAC contributions was $5,000 from the New Democrat Coalition PAC, $5,000 from the Serve America PAC and $2,000 from the PAC for Maryland Congressman Steny Hoyer, a fellow Democrat.
Crow reported having $247,278 at the end of last month.
In 2014, Coffman defeated Andrew Romanoff — another Democrat — by 9 percentage points in a year that favored Republicans.
Both the 2016 and 2014 races attracted millions of dollars as Coffman has been a constant target of national Democrats. Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans in the district, and both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama won there.
Also running for Coffman’s seat is Democrat Levi Tillemann, a tech entrepreneur and Obama administration alum who announced his campaign last week. Aurora attorney David Aarestad and Gabriel McArthur, who was a Bernie Sanders delegate, are also running as Democrats in the contest.