Simulation: 2019 Campaign Finances with 2E Regulations

The table below charts the way the new campaign finance reforms passed by 71% of the Denver voters would impact the current fundraising for the May, 2019 municipal elections.  The new regulations -- banning corporate contributions, lowering contribution limits, and giving matching funds on a 9-to-1 basis on contributions up to $50 for candidates who only accept contributions from individuals and opt in for still lower limits -- go into effect on January 1, 2020.  This model takes the actual funds raised in 2019 and filters it through the new regulations for 2020.


Candidates for Mayor need 250 contributions of $5 or more from Denver residents to qualify for matching funds, and all other candidates need 100 contributions of $5 or more from Denver residents.  The "# of Donations" column is the number of qualifying contributions from Denver residents.


Candidates with a positive "Difference" are gaining money by focusing on local, small-dollar donors.  Candidates with a negative "Difference" are losing money from 2019 that would not be allowed starting in 2020 because it is either corporate money or they have donations that exceed the new limits.  When the matching funds become real in the next cycle instead of theortical in this model, candidates opting in for matching funds will try much harder to reach the threshold of qualifying contributions.


Candidate   # of Donations     Total Raised   Total Raised w/2E     Matching Funds    Difference


Denver Mayor

Calderon, Lisa               546          $99,622.84          $260,361.69          $192,547.80           $160,738.85

Evans, Stephen "Seku"       2            $1,485.00                $450                                        ($1,035.00)

Fiorino, Paul (*)                0

Giavanni, Marcus (*)         0

Giellis, Jamie                  417       $473,184.00          $313,265.40           $170,676             ($159,918.60)

Hancock, Michael B.      1,049      $1,863,132.41         $905,777.21           $461,808.00         ($957,355.20)  

Heffernan, Kalyn Rose      77          $5,500.00          $5,100.00                                          ($450.00)

Scott, Leatha (*)                2              $168.55               $168.55

Simpson, Kenneth (*)          0

Tate, Penfield III              349       $264,439.65         $306,739.65          $157,050.00         $42,300.00


Denver Clerk and Recorder

Lopez, Paul                    229        $115,839.62          $148,906.00         $94,905.00             $33,066.38

McCarthy, Sarrah             40          $7,318.00              $5,418.00                                    ($1,900.00)

Perl, Margaret "Peg"        288        $51,238.92            $149,010.83        $107,920.71             $97,771.91


Denver Auditor

Tim O'Brien                      22        $20,548.39             $6,423.97                                    ($14,124.42)


Candidate   # of Donations     Total Raised   Total Raised w/2E     Matching Funds    Difference


Denver City Council, At-Large

Hayes, Johnny                    0           $605.00               $605.00                   

Kniech, Robin                 340       $113,372.00          $190,702.00        $136,881.00             $77,330.00

Langdon, Lynne                 0             $44.10                  $44.10      

Ortega, Deborah             219      $141,242.00           $143,129.00         $92,592.00                $1,887.00

Parris, Jesse Lashawn          1           $300.00               $300.00     

Pigford, Anthony "Tony"   320        $71,766.79            $174,284.50         $124,831.71               $102,517.71


City Council, District 1

Aguilar, Victoria                45          $8,746.00             $7,401.00                                     ($1,345.00)

D'Agosta, Sabrina              93          $19,142.75            $16,722.75                                   ($2,420.00)

Durrah, Scott Alan             67          $53,331.80            $25,471.80                                 ($27.860.00)

Kulkarni, Prajwal               20          $27,253.47           $20,498.47                                   ($6,755.00)

Sabados, David                 119         $32,576.59           $66,802.19        $44,820.00             $34,225.60

Sandoval, Amanda            190        $66,795.00         $123,020.00       $83,295.00              $56,225.00

Somma, Michael                 67         $59,100.00          $32,120.00                                 ($26,980.00)


City Council, District 2

Flynn, Kevin                       93         $42,750.61            $16,084.61                                  ($26,666.00)


City Council, District 3

Barela, Veronica Elizabeth  116         $45,695.00          $76,290.00        $49,185.00             $30,595.00

Martinez, Annamarie          23            $4,011.71               $4,011.71

Montoya, Raymond             11           $5,475.00            $3,625.00                                    ($1,850.00)

Roybal, David Dean (*)

Torres, Jamie                     181         $52,659.00         $105,059.00        $70,560.00            $52,400.00 


Candidate   # of Donations     Total Raised   Total Raised w/2E     Matching Funds    Difference


City Council, District 4

Black, Kendra                   216        $123,073.34          $151,048.00         $95,013.00             $27,974.66

Zahradnicek, Colleen          43          $9,396.00            $5,846.00                                   ($3,550.00)


City Council, District 5

Fry, Michelle                      39         $26,939.00         $24,059.00                                    ($2,880.00)

Replin, Stephen                   0            $1,900.00          $1,900.00

Sawyer, Amanda               169         $84,594.00         $141,799.00          $71,865.00          $57,205.00

Susman, Mary Beth           154          $83,824.21          $107,257.71         $66,780.00            $23,433.50


City Council, District 6

Kashmann, Paul                183          $41,616.00         $107,986.00        $77,670.00             $66,370.00


City Council, District 7

Clark, Jolon                      146           $66,534.34         $89,280.00        $59,895.00             $22,745.66


City Council, District 8

Bowman, Jon (*)

Ceballos-Ruiz, Miguel Adrian  67         $6,761.95            $5,907.95                                     ($854.00)

Herndon, Christopher        169          $98,959.34         $116,320.00         $73,485.00            $17,360.66

Noles, LaMone                  24            $5,236.00           $4,586.00                                     ($650.00)

Penn, Erik                         20            $6,835.00           $5,916.00                                     ($919.00)

Taylor, Blair                       96           $35,739.53         $23,564.53                                   ($12,175.00)

Thibault, Patrick Floyd        78           $23,480.00         $11,550.00                                  ($11,930.00)


Candidate   # of Donations     Total Raised   Total Raised w/2E     Matching Funds    Difference


City Council, District 9

Brooks, Albus                   394          $262,465.94       $222,568.94       $125,000.00          ($39,897.00)

CdeBaca, Candi               443            $85,539.78       $185,409.81        $125,000.00           $99,870.03

Oletski, David Anthony        0              $3,100.00           $300.00                                  ($2,800.00)

Woodley, Jonathan              0              $4,215.10           $3,615.10                                      ($600.00)


City Council, District 10

Hinds, Christopher            187            $71,595.61       $121,042.23           $71,596.62            $49,446.62

Key, Patrick (*)

Mendez, Antonio Amable    25            $18,855.00        $10,351.00                                    ($8,504.00)

New, Wayne                     217            $92,004.00     $145,561.00           $95,157.00           $53,557.00

Smith, Tony                        98           $60,032.00       $46,182.00                                   ($13,850.00)                                                      


City Council, District 11

Alonzo, Christine M.           43              $14,392.00        $9,692.00                                   ($4,700.00)

Gilmore, Stacie                 119             $89,032.00      $77,244.00           $49,212.00          ($11,788.00)

Richard, Shayla                 40               $6,626.38       $5,820.38                                       ($806.00)


(*) Write-in Candidate

For detailed analysis of funds raised in each race, go to the "Reports" menu above.

 All figures are from funds raised January 1, 2016- April 14, 2019

Data drawn from Denver Elections Division.

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