As I read the story today from yesterday's Denver Post about giving to Colorado's U.S. Senate candidates, I wondered how I could have missed these FEC filings, especially for Katrina van den Heuvel of The Nation.
The answer wasn't hard to decipher: the donations were from reports filed on Thursday, which means the data has not been digitized and web posted. Can't wait until these and other recent reported are made available on the web.
In any event, kudos to the Denver Post reporters Mark Couch and Karen Crummy for the excellent article, and for including van den Heuvel's contribution in the story. An excerpt is below.
Following that is an item from gay conservative Andrew Sullivan's blog Ivy Leaguers giving to Sen. John Kerry gleaned from DavidM's blog, and the donations from van den Heuvel, uncovered by yours truly.
Article Published: Friday, July 16, 2004
Coors, Salazar in lead funding Senate races
By Mark P. Couch and Karen E. Crummy
Denver Post Staff Writers
A sports hero, an actor, a beer executive - all contributed to U.S. Senate campaigns in Colorado, according to reports filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission.
Pete Coors, the top money-raising Republican, attracted donations from captains of industry and former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway.
State Attorney General Ken Salazar, the front-running Democrat, gathered tens of thousands of dollars from lawyers nationwide.
Former U.S. Rep. Bob Schaffer raised money from casino executives in Las Vegas, political consultants around Washington, D.C., and elected officials along the Front Range.
Mike Miles, an educator from Colorado Springs, did not provide a copy of his finance report. His spokesman last week provided unofficial figures, saying Miles collected about $85,000 for the three-month period and has $60,000 on hand.
The other campaigns expanded on their preliminary reports of last week.
Salazar remained the top money-raiser in the race, collecting $2 million for the three-month period, and $2.5 million since getting into the race in March. He had $1.6 million on hand as of June 30.
Big donors included attorneys at the firm Girardi & Keese in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. It represented Hinkley, Calif., in a suit against Pacific Gas & Electric - the basis for the movie "Erin Brockovich."
"There are people in many professions that support Ken," Salazar campaign spokesman Cody Wertz said.
Salazar also drew donations from former Congress members Tim Wirth and David Skaggs of Colorado, $500 each; Katrina Vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation, $1,000; former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt $500; Kenneth Gart, president of Gart Cos., $500; and actor/director Rob Reiner, $2,000.
July 24, 2004
Andrew Sullivan's blog item
ACADEMICS FOR KERRY: An astronishing yet unsurprising statistic unearthed by blogger David M. Of all Ivy League faculty donations to candidates, 92 percent went to Kerry. The highest rate of donations to Bush in any Ivy League University is 16 percent - at Princeton. Meanwhile, blogger Michael Petrelis has done some digging on mega-rich socialist, Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of the Nation. She has donated around $145,000 over twenty years to various candidates and organizations.