The money allows candidates to get their messages out to potential voters directly through direct mail, canvassing, broadcast and digital ads. Some of this money also goes to consultants to develop these messages or to raise even more money to distribute them.

The Colorado Sun therefore offers a quick look at some key campaign finance metrics, including how much candidates are raising and spending. We will also update TV ad spend weekly. It’s one of the biggest costs for campaigns and often an indicator of how far a message has reached.

Statewide candidates through September 28

Candidates for governor, attorney general, secretary of state, and state treasurer file reports every two weeks from early September through October 31. This table will be updated on October 18.

State Senate Competitive Contests through September 28

The Colorado Sun has identified seven state senatorial contests that are key to controlling the body, which now has a 21-14 Democratic majority. This chart will be updated on Oct. 18.

Congressional fundraising until June 30

Candidates for the U.S. Senate and Colorado’s eight seats in the U.S. House of Representatives file quarterly reports, most recently on July 15. Candidates will file again on October 15, when this table is updated. And a final pre-election report will be tabled on October 27.

TV ads for the general elections by contest until October 2

The Colorado Sun reviewed Federal Communications Commission contracts to break down television advertising reserved for the 2022 general election by each congressional contest. The 8th Congressional District is attracting the most spending so far, followed by the US Senate race. TV stations do not have to file contracts for outside expenses in contests for governor, attorney general, secretary of state, or treasurer, so our data is likely incomplete for those races.

TV Ads for General Elections by Advertiser until October 2

Here’s an overview of general election television ad spend by the candidate or campaign doing the advertising, based on contracts filed with the Federal Communications Commission through Oct. 2.

This page was created by Sandra Fish. Have a question? Contact her by email.