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Denver Mayor Michael Hancock raised notably less for his re-election in the first three months of the year than his top challenger, but his contributions did not drop off significantly following the revelation of a harassment scandal.

Provided by campaignKayvan Khalatbari, a candidate for Denver mayor in the May 2019 election.

As he eyes a likely run for a third term in May 2019, Hancock brought in $44,780 in campaign donations from Jan. 1 through March 31, according to a finance report filed Monday. His fundraising pace slowed down from last year — and the total for the period fell far short of the nearly $70,000 raised by Kayvan Khalatbari.

The community activist and marijuana industry entrepreneur has taken issue with many of Hancock’s policies, including on homelessness, development and the mayor’s support for the Interstate 70 expansion project. Khalatbari’s finance report, filed last week, showed that he has become Hancock’s only challenger since the mayor’s first election in 2011 to raise more than $100,000 in total contributions.

On Feb. 27, Hancock apologized publicly after Denver police Detective Leslie Branch-Wise revealed in a TV interview that Hancock sent her several suggestive text messages in 2012, when she was on his security detail.

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As news coverage continued, Hancock collected $13,250 in March, some of that resulting from a March 6 fundraiser. That amount was slightly below average for the three months.

Hancock’s campaign spent nearly $44,000 — nearly as much as it took in — during the first quarter.

He still maintains a big money advantage over any potential opponent, ending the period with more than $402,000 in the bank. Khalatbari’s campaign had more than $68,000 in cash on …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – News


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Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s campaign donors didn’t stay away amid scandal, but he raised less than challenger

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