U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn raised just $38,253 during the first quarter of 2014 but gave his campaign a bump with a $100,000 loan guaranteed by the congressman.
Lamborn was forced into an unexpected primary last week when Republican challenger Bentley Rayburn won support from enough state delegates to get his name on the June 24 primary ballot.
Rayburn, who entered the race late, won't be required to file a quarterly report showing his campaign finances to the Federal Elections Commission until after the primary election. Rayburn said he'll begin filing his official candidate paperwork in late May.
In the meantime, Lamborn may also be feeling pressure from Democratic candidate Irv Halter, a retired Air Force major general, who last quarter brought in $165,095 in contributions and had $217,432 cash on hand at the end of March. Records indicate Halter has given himself about $32,000 since he entered the race.
Lamborn reported having $230,197 cash on hand at the end of March.
"When was the last time any congressional incumbent in the nation was outraised by a first-time candidate by a four-to-one margin?" asked Ethan Susseles, Halter's campaign manager. "The size of Congressman Lamborn's loan to his own campaign sends a clear signal he's running scared."
Lamborn's campaign manager, Jarred Rego, said the congressman is looking forward to "support that will be coming in the more important quarters ahead."
Lamborn has held the 5th Congressional District since 2006 and has defeated Rayburn twice in primary elections. He's a member of the House Armed Services and House Natural Resources committees.
In the 4th Congressional District race - the one left open by Rep. Cory Gardner when he announced his bid for U.S. Senate - Ken Buck has an early lead, reporting $201,853 in the first quarter. Buck, the district attorney in Weld County, originally was running for Senator and his campaign has raised a total of $583,923.
Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer reported raising $46,265 in the first quarter of 2014.
And Steve Laffey raised $50,428 in the first quarter, with an additional $356,159 loan to the campaign.
Kirkmeyer and Laffey are petitioning onto the ballot, while Buck and State Sen. Scott Renfroe made the ballot during the state assembly.
Renfroe just bested Buck at the assembly, but only reported $11,680 in contributions during the first quarter and reported a $20,000 loan to the campaign.
All four Republicans will face each other in the June primary.
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