Udall ramps up fundraising for his 2014 run

Colo.’s senior senator now has more than $2.5M cash on hand

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mark Udall raised more than $1.5 million in the last three months, the result of ramped-up efforts for the 2014 elections, according to his acting campaign manager Michael Sozan.

The Colorado Democrat’s first quarter adds to his previous four years of fundraising for more than $2.5 million in cash on hand, Sozan said in a telephone interview Monday. The final number will be available next week.

“The first quarter is one of the most important during a campaign cycle,” said Sozan, who is also Udall’s chief of staff. Sozan will double as campaign manager in his off time until one has been selected.

Udall has been fundraising for a second term since he was elected to the Senate in 2008, Sozan said, but “kicked into hyper-drive” after the November elections.

“He’s always been fundraising to some extent,” Sozan said.

Donors have been a mix of large and small, he said, including “a number of prominent businesspeople in Colorado” who are Republicans or politically unaffiliated.

“He’s really kind of reaching out across the full spectrum,” Sozan said.

The campaign expects to raise at least another million in the second quarter of 2013, he said.

Udall currently faces no opponent for his seat. Former Rep. Bob Beauprez and Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, are said to be considering a run, according to The Denver Post.

Udall raised $11.6 million and spent $12.8 million to defeat former Republican Rep. Bob Schaffer, who raised $7.3 million and spent $7.2 million, in the 2008 election, according to the Center for Responsive Politics’ website.

Stefanie Dazio is a student at American University in Washington, D.C., and an intern for The Durango Herald. You can reach her at sdazio@durangoherald.com.

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