AR GOV: Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s (R) campaign announced it raised about $489,000 last quarter and reported $1.5 million on hand. (KATV)
CO GOV: Better Colorado Now, a super PAC backing state Treasurer Walker Stapleton (R), “raised $625,001 between July 1 and Sept. 30.” It will report $716,000 on hand.
Major donors included former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) (Stapleton’s cousin), Athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush (a Stapleton relative), Denver Broncos general manager John Elway, Broncs CEO Joe Ellis, St. Louis Cardinals CEO Bill DeWitt Jr. (“Stapleton’s father is a co-owner of the Cards”) AIMCO leader Terry Considine; MDC Holdings Chair Larry Mizell, WhiteWave Foods Co. founder Gregg Engles, Liberty Media leadership, and “a number of well-known oil-and-gas industry players.” (Colorado Politics)
IL GOV: Gov. Bruce Rauner’s (R) “campaign had a hefty $65,568,284.23 cash on hand on Oct. 1. … Rauner … reported $406,630 in contributions and $438.35 in-kind in his latest filing. His campaign spent more than $2.47 million, with more than $466,000 going to Target Enterprises, a California-based ‘strategic media placement company,’ which offers research, planning and advertising placement.”
Billionaire J.B. Pritzker (D) “reported $174,002 cash on hand on Oct. 1 … after having spent … $11.7 million.” All of his fundraising was self-funded.
Philanthropist Chris Kennedy (D) and state Sen. Daniel Biss (D) each raised more than Pritzker.
“Kennedy … spent $664,863 during the third quarter. He had more than $1.31 million on hand at the end of the reporting period.”
“Biss … recorded about $509,000 in expenditures, with the largest expenditure at $62,000 for consulting fees for LBH Chicago, a boutique fundraising and public relations consulting firm.”
Madison County Schools Superintendent Bob Daiber (D) “reported $16,199 in contributions, including a $10,000 loan from himself, plus $4,332.66 in-kind.” Daiber was left with “$12,021.91 on hand.”
“Anti-violence activist Tio Hardiman (D) reported $5,445 in contributions. … He had $3,576.13 on hand.”
“Candidates were required to file their third quarterly campaign reports by Monday for contributions made between July 1 and Sept. 30.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
“Spending in the gubernatorial election has skyrocketed this period by a staggering 741 percent compared to the same time in the 2014 governor’s race, according to the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform. Over the last three months, candidates burned through $15 million.” (Politico)
KS GOV: Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s (R) campaign announced Monday that first son Donald Trump Jr. will headline a “fundraiser and VIP reception to be held in Johnson County on Nov. 28. “Tickets start at $150 and go up to $2,000.” (Wichita Eagle)
SC GOV: President Trump endorsed Gov. Henry McMaster (R) “on Monday. … Trump invited McMaster, wife Peggy McMaster and family on stage at a Greenville fundraiser Monday night, referring to the governor as ‘my friend, my compatriot, who worked with me so hard.’”
Trump: “I’m with this man, and I’m with this family. They have been so incredible, and they showed me the ropes a little bit. And I said, ‘He’s a talented guy, and he’s doing really well.’ … He’s going to be for many years a great governor. … He’s doing some special job, and he does it with his heart.” (Columbia State)
“Trump tends to hold rallies in arenas where he can feed off the audience’s energy. But only between 800 and 1,200 people were expected to attend Monday night’s fundraiser.” (Columbia State) “Tickets to the event … started at $250.” (Washington Post) “While Trump was at the fundraiser, about 500 people gathered at Falls Park in downtown Greenville to protest.” (USA Today)
“In a 25-minute speech that focused mainly on his own achievements since taking office some nine months ago, Trump recalled the early support McMaster offered en route to winning the South Carolina GOP primary as the nation’s first statewide politician to endorse his presidential bid. ‘I loved our Henry,’ Trump said in a standing-room crowded Greenville hotel ballroom.”
“Trump spent time on a couple of his favorite targets — NFL players protesting during the national anthem and his 2016 Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. … If McMaster was like Clinton in backing the player protests, ‘I’d probably have to take away my endorsement,’ Trump added.” (Charleston Post & Courier)
Former state cabinet official Catherine Templeton (R), who has been neck-and-neck with McMaster’s fundraising “is relying on Palmetto State donors, while McMaster, who ran his first race in 1986, is scoring with businesses, both in and out of state. McMaster’s overall fundraising lead — $2.33 million to Templeton’s $2.05 million — comes from the extra $525,000 that he’s received from businesses over his main rival. That is nearly half of the governor’s overall haul. Business donations account for 28 percent of Templeton’s contributions. … More than $9 out of every $10 that Templeton gathered so far has come from South Carolina.” (Charleston Post & Courier)
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