Polis, Ganahl release tax returns in Colorado governor’s race

Both candidates post seven figures in revenue, largely from non-wage income

Seth Klamann
The Denver Post
Colorado Governor Jared Polis, left, shakes hands with gubernatorial candidate Heidi Ganahl after the atConcern Governor’s Forum at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science September 30, 2022.
Andy Cross/The Denver Post

Gov. Jared Polis released his joint 2021 tax return Saturday night, following several days after his opponent, CU Regent Heidi Ganahl, uploaded three years’ worth of returns last week.

Polis and husband Marlon Reis reported more than $733,000 in gross income on their joint 1040 form in 2021, on more than $1 million in revenue and $315,000 in losses. Ganahl and husband Jason reported more than $1.2 million in gross income for the same year, according to her 1040 form.

Polis and Ganahl had both indicated they would release their returns during an early October debate, joint-hosted by CBS and the Colorado Sun. Moderators asked them if they would agree to post their returns within a few days. Polis said he would talk with Ganahl about additional releases. Ganahl said no such conversation was needed and that she would release hers. Then, at another debate on Oct. 25, Ganahl announced she had released her returns on her website and asked Polis if he would release his.

His campaign told the Denver Post last week that they were preparing to publicly release them, and his spokeswoman announced Saturday night that the campaign had done so.

“Governor Polis’s finances have been well vetted over the years as an elected official,” campaign spokeswoman Amber Miller said in an email, “and the Governor’s disclosures to this point offer far greater detail than any information his opponent has ever made public.”


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