Saira for Congress Breaks Record, Amasses Over 500 Donors in 30 Days

Saira for Congress Breaks Record, Amasses Over 500 Donors in 30 Days


Democrat challenger in CD-1 beat out all other Colorado Congressional candidates

Denver, CO, February 8, 2018 – Saira Rao ( has received over five hundred donations in 30 days for her upstart primary challenge in Colorado’s First Congressional District. All of them came from individuals. None of the other Democratic Congressional candidates in Colorado came close to 500 donors their first month.

Saira, 43, is the co-founder of children’s media company In This Together Media. She filed to run for Congress on January 10th, 2018.

““We are not taking any corporate PAC money,” said Rao. “Special interests are robbing people of their voices and I am not going to play that game. We’re doing this hard way – dollar by dollar, door by door.”

Rao’s opponent. 22-year incumbent Rep. Diana DeGette, has raised $429,860 this cycle, more than half coming from political action committees. DeGette reported $65,984 cash on hand as of January 1, 2018.

The  Democratic primary is June 26th, 2018. For the first time, Colorado’s unaffiliated voters will be able to participate.

“People are excited about Saira,” Rao’s campaign manager, JoyAnn Ruscha, said. “She’s offering voters the chance at Washington representation without taking a dollar from big Pharma, defense contractors, or any other corporation that might not share their values.”

About Saira Rao

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. Her company, In This Together Media, sources and shepherds to publication children’s books featuring brown, black, LGBTQ, poor, disabled, and female protagonists. She and her husband Shiv live in Denver with their two children, Lila and Dar, and their dog, Hector.