July 15 2010, 11:07 AM
If Colorado's voters were to elect the U.S. Senate candidate who raised the most money in the second quarter, Democrat Michael Bennet would easily retain his seat. Bennet (pictured) raked in about $1.26 million, slightly down from his best quarter---the first, when he brought in roughly $1.4 million, according to The New York Times. Bennet's campaign is quick to boast that he has raised almost as much as all the Republican candidates combined for the quarter. One of those GOPers, Former Lieutenant Governor Jane Norton, had her best quarter, bringing in more than $900,000. And her competitor, Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, took in $417,000. Democratic challenger Andrew Romanoff, a former state House speaker, hasn't released his second-quarter figures yet. As Bennet touts his earnings, Romanoff has focused on signing MoveOn.org's "98-Percent Pledge," which aims to reduce corporate influence in elections. "My opponent is running ads on TV funded in part by BP and other oil companies," Romanoff tells The Colorado Independent. "He is one of the top recipients of big oil money in the U.S. Congress---actually number two among Senate Democrats on the ballot this year---behind Blanche Lincoln." Bennet spokesman Trevor Kincaid says Bennet donated BP's campaign contribution to charity a few weeks ago and challenges other remarks by Romanoff.