WASHINGTON – Rep. Cory Gardner’s Senate campaign received much of his $1.39 million in political donations during the first quarter from energy and telecommunication firms, according to federal reporting records.
Most of the contributions were received after the Yuma Republican announced on Feb. 26 that he would challenge Sen. Mark Udall in the fall. That same day, Time Warner gave $5,000 for Gardner’s campaign, two days later Anadarko Petroleum Corporation donated $3,000.
Some familiar Republican donors also contributed to the Cory Gardner for Senate fund on the last day of the filing period. Denver real-estate billionaire Philip Anschutz gave $5,200 and his wife Nancy chipped in $2,600 on March 31, while the political action committee (PAC) for Koch Industries donated $1,500.
Other donors to Gardner’s campaign have Democratic ties. Jordan Perlmutter, a real-estate developer whose cousin is Rep. Ed Perlmutter, gave $250. Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, Schreck, a Denver-based law firm whose PAC has contributed heavily to Udall’s campaign, gave $1,000 to Gardner.
The political donations are submitted by Gardner’s campaign to the Federal Election Commission. Numbers for the second quarter are not due to the Senate Office of Public Records until July 15.
Gardner has $2.12 million cash on hand.
Meanwhile, Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Udall announced on April 7 that he had raised more than $2 million during the first quarter that brings his war chest total to $7 million, with nearly $6 million cash-on-hand.