Michael Fortney is a partner at Clear Creek Strategies in Denver, CO, focusing on the firm’s public and media relations and political consulting operations.
Fortney has managed campaigns at every level, from federal to municipal. In 2012, in one of the most targeted races in the country, Fortney led incumbent Congressman Scott Tipton to a 12-point win, increasing Tipton’s previous margin of victory by 8 points. Fortney continues to serve as Tipton’s senior political consultant.
In 2010 and 2014, Fortney served as campaign manager and senior consultant for Walker Stapleton’s State Treasurer races. In 2010 Fortney directed Stapleton through a multi-person primary and to a general election victory against a popular incumbent treasurer. In 2014, Stapleton handily defeated former Congresswoman Betsy Markey to win reelection. Fortney has been guiding Stapleton’s communication and political operation ever since the 2010 campaign.
Additionally, Fortney has served as a regional political manager for the Associated Builders and Contractors. In that capacity, Fortney covered 14 states for the trade association, leading its political and fundraising efforts.
Prior to Colorado, Fortney served on Congressman Ted Poe’s congressional staff, managed several campaigns in Texas and managed a successful Kentucky Supreme Court campaign.
Fortney has led grassroots advocacy and earned media campaigns for Clear Creek Strategies on a number of issues including energy, banking and immigration. He has helped his clients garner positive media attention, set up last minute rallies and build winning coalitions.
Michael is a native of Kentucky and graduate of Lamar University. He and his wife Catharine live in Denver, CO.