Saira clears a quarter million dollars in fundraising from individual donors

Saira clears a quarter million dollars in fundraising from individual donors


Rao has rejected corporate PAC money in favor of individual donations

Denver, CO, April 2, 2018 — Democrat Saira Rao (, who is running to represent Colorado’s first Congressional district, will file her first quarterly report showing over $250,000 raised from individual donors.

Rao, who launched her campaign in January, said, “This campaign is about bringing people together. I’m proud of the coalition we’re building of Democrats and independents who want a more representative government.

“If Democrats are going to take back Congress, we need to build a party that answers to everyday people, not corporations. We can’t fight Trump’s anti-worker agenda if the same donors are funding both parties.”

Rao has also pledged to not take corporate PAC money. In February, she made headlines when she cleared the 500-donor mark within 28 days of her launch. Today, her campaign boasts the support of over 950 individual donors.

Notable Democratic leaders who have also taken the No Corporate PAC pledge include Senators Kristen Gillibrand, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker,  Elizabeth Warren, and Maria Cantwell, Representatives Ro Khanna and Jared Polis, Paul Ryan challenger Randy Bryce, and Ted Cruz challenger Representative Beto O’Rourke.

Rao’s progressive platform includes controlling prescription drug costs, eliminating student loan debt, and passing a single-payer healthcare bill.

The Democratic primary is June 26th, 2018. For the first time, Colorado’s unaffiliated voters will be able to participate. If elected, Rao will be the first woman of color from Colorado to go to Congress and one of the few Asian-Americans to ever hold office in the state.

About Saira

Saira Rao ( is a Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress in Colorado’s District 1. The daughter of immigrants, Saira is an entrepreneur and social justice activist who built her career around empowering marginalized communities. She is the co-founder of This Together Media, a children’s books company that features diverse protagonists. She and her husband Shiv live in Denver with their two children, Lila and Dar, and their dog, Hector.