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Dan Maes's $500,000-in-a-day fundraising goal falls over $400,000 short, spokesman says

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Here's the original e-mail, time-stamped at 4:15 a.m. this past Friday:

Make History Again TODAY With Dan Maes Campaign

Today is a critically important day to all Americans because it is the anniversary of the signing of our Constitution on September 17th, 1787. It is also a critical day for our campaign. If you haven't seen the email series from AJ Reagan on how we are going to make history today then let me just say that this is the day we are going to raise $500,000.00 thru small and medium donations to show the establishment and the Colorado voter that we have the support needed to win. We need your help. Go to my website and encourage your friends and family to do so also at www.danmaes.com and contribute. We are interested in donations from $5 to $1,050 per person. If you can't go there then mail a check today to: Friends of Dan Maes 11 W. Hampden Ave. Englewood, CO 80013.

Forward this email to everyone you know and ask them to contribute to our historic cause!

When asked about this entreaty, Strauch confirms that $500,000 "was certainly the goal of our finance campaign. They set their sights very high. And it was a very good fundraising day. But did we get to $500,000? No, we did not."

Strauch adds that he doesn't have totals for the day at this point -- "but suffice it to say it was not in six figures."

The next release from the Maes campaign office, sent on Monday, made no mention of last Friday's fundraising blitz. Instead, it promoted an event slated for this Friday, September 24 -- a pizza party at the home of Kathy Schlegel, the director of Maes's campaign in Elbert County. Does that mean Maes is going back to his grassroots-style fundraising approach?

"That's certainly been his focus throughout," Strauch points out. "If you look at how he's risen from the grassroots, that's the kind of venue he's very comfortable in. But that's not to say he isn't going after the bigger-fish sort of support."

In the meantime, Larry Sabato, the nationally known mouthpiece for the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, recently reiterated his sense that Colorado's gubernatorial contest is already over -- with Maes and Tancredo splitting the vote, Democrat John Hickenlooper is "the unofficial governor-elect," Sabato believes.

This statement earns a laugh from Strauch, who says, "There's a lot of time between now and election day, and a lot can happen. Dan has taken the position of attending as many events as possible -- trying to get his name and his story out as far and wide as possible. And he's convinced that it's the right strategy to take the election from the mayor."

Page down to get the details about this Friday's Maes pizza party:

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