DENVER–A Whole Lot of People for John Morse raised a whole lot of money from people in a whole lot of states, according to campaign-finance forms filed Tuesday.
The Morse campaign has collected about $123,000 in contributions since March, about $50,000 more than the $71,000 donated during the same period to the El Paso Freedom Defense Committee, which is running the recall campaign.
Despite the funding gap, the El Paso Freedom Defense Committee submitted Monday in excess of 16,000 signatures, more than twice as many as the 7,178 signatures needed to force a recall election.
The recall group was funded primarily by a $56,798 contribution from I Am Created Equal, a Colorado Springs conservative women’s group that paid for professional petition circulators. The group has come under fire from Morse backers for its large donation.
The Morse campaign reported its share of large donors, the largest of which was a $35,000 contribution from the Sixteen Thirty Fund in Washington, D.C., which lists its mission as “providing education on and conducting advocacy regarding progressive policies.”
Morse also received a $25,000 donations from Citizens for Integrity, which lists its address as a P.O. box in Denver, and a $15,000 donation from Mainstream Colorado of Denver.
What was most striking about the Morse group’s filing was the number of states represented. Contributions to A Whole Lot of People for John Morse came from 41 states and the District of Columbia.
After Colorado, other states that were heavily represented were California and New York. Both sides have squabbled over the influence of out-of-state donors.