Power Players: Colorado's top political donors, 2007-2012

The 30 largest donors to Colorado politics spent $86 million from 2007 through 2012. This data includes includes donations to state and federal candidates, state issue committees that oppose or support ballot initiatives, federal Super PACS and 527s, which are groups created under IRS laws that act independently of candidates and their campaigns. Also included are federal independent expenditures by Super PACs for or against Colorado candidates.


National Education Association, Washington, DC

labor union



The NEA is the largest labor union in the United States representing public school teachers and personnel. A major supporter of the Democratic Party, the NEA’s funding comes largely from member dues. 

Total contributions: $9,816,251

89 donations: 66 to candidates and 23 to committees

List of contributions

Source: Contribution data from Center for Responsive Politics, National Institute on Money in State Politics and Colorado Secretary of State

Credits: Colorado’s Top 15 Power Players is a joint project of I-News Network, a nonprofit Colorado investigative news service; the Investigative News Network, a national collaborative of nonprofit news organizations; and the CU News Corps, a class aimed at teaching University of Colorado Journalism & Mass Communication students deep reporting skills while providing content to Colorado news outlets. Interactive by Michael Corey, Coulter Jones and Chase Davis of California Watch and the Center for Investigative Reporting.