SPENDING IN COLORADO STATE ELECTIONS DURING THE ELECTIONEERING REPORTING GAP

JUNE 29 – SEPTEMBER 8 2016

▪ $1.9 million of spending was reported as
$1.9 Million Spent on Advertising advertising or electioneering during the
During Electioneering Reporting Gap electioneering reporting gap by statewide
committees, excluding candidate and issue
committees:
Advertising spending Spending reported 527 Political Organizations $1,690,539.01
not reported as as electioneering Independent Expenditure Committees $232,902.70
electioneering $525,857.85 Political Party Committees $5,828.32
$1,404,934.99 27%
73% Political Committees $1,000.00
Small Donor Committees $522.81

▪ More money may have been spent on advertising
but the lack of disclosure requirements during the
gap makes the actual total unknown

▪ Total does not include political spending by
nonprofits or corporations that are not registered
and regularly reporting; no reporting of their
candidate advertising is required during the gap

Advertising and Electioneering Spending by Party Support
During Electioneering Reporting Gap
$1,200,000
$1,069,218.70

$1,000,000
$856,700.55
$800,000

$362,280.46
$600,000
$1,037,780.94

$400,000

$494,420.09
$200,000

$0 $31,437.76
Democratic supporting committees Republican supporting committees

Spending reported as electioneering Advertising spending not reported as electioneering

Democratic supporting committees reported 58% as electioneering and 42% as advertising. Republican supporting committees
reported 3% as electioneering and 97% as advertising. The remaining $4,873.59 of advertising spending was not reported as
electioneering by committees that supported both major parties, third parties or unaffiliated. Support was determined by the
committee’s stated purpose and spending on candidates.
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