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Giron committee takes in another $239,000 in past week — but NRA spending just as much to beat her

The committee working to keep state Sen. Angela Giron in office received another $239,000 in contributions in the past week, bringing its total fundraising to more than $825,000.

Giron, D-Pueblo, is facing recall in the Sept. 10 special election that is already underway.

Her committee, Pueblo United for Angela, is far outpacing her opponent, the recall committee Pueblo Freedom and Rights, in fundraising.

That group reported getting another $15,581 since Aug. 27 but it has only raised $39,414 in total this year. Much of that money — $26,800 — came from a Denver-based gun-rights group called Colorado Citizens for Protecting the Constitution.

The Sept. 3 contribution reports to the Colorado Secretary of State’s office are the last that any political committees in the recall battle will make until after Sept. 10.

The latest surge of money to the Giron committee included $200,000 that originated with Eli Broad, a Los Angeles philanthropist.

He gave a total of $250,000 to Taxpayers For Responsible Democracy, the committee that is supporting state Sen. John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, in his fight against recall in the Sept. 10 election.

That money was then paid to the Giron committee in two installments that are detailed in the state campaign reports.

Broad’s contribution goes with $220,000 Giron received from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an advocate for stronger gun-control laws.

The Giron committee also lists hundreds of small donations from across the nation raised by online contributions.

By comparison, the recall committee has gotten nearly all its money from Pueblo-area donors — except for $26,800 from Colorado Citizens for Protecting the Constitution.

But the recall committee isn’t alone in trying to knock Giron out of her District 3 Senate seat. Since Aug. 27, the National Rifle Association reports spending another $250,000 on advertising and postcards against Morse and Giron.

On the other side, the union-backed We Can Do Better Colorado committee has spent another $298,000 in the past week on advertising for the two Democrats.

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