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GOP Governors Report 7-Figure Cash on Hand

Democrats raised six or seven figures apiece.

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Jan. 17, 2018, 11:20 a.m.

AZ GOV: Gov. Doug Ducey (R) raised $2.5 million this year and had $2.7 million on hand as of Dec. 31, his campaign reported Monday.

Former state associate superintendent David Garcia (D) raised $298,000 and had $94,000 on hand.

State Sen. Steve Farley (D) reported $232,000 on hand after previously disclosing rasing $513,000. (Hotline reporting)

Farley’s “total includes $59,000 left over from Farley’s Senate campaign committee. (Capitol Media Services)

AR GOV: “Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s (R) campaign says it has more than $2 million in the bank. … Hutchinson’s campaign on Tuesday reported raising nearly $622,000 in the final three months of 2017. It spent more than $152,000 during the same period.”

Former Teach for America state chapter executive director Jared Henderson (D) “reported more than $31,000 in contributions and a $100,000 loan. Henderson’s campaign said he had almost $129,000 cash on hand.” (AP)

FL GOV: “State House Speaker Richard Corcoran (R) brought in $535,000 for his political committee, Watchdog PAC, in the eight days headed into session.” (Politico)

CO GOV: Former state Rep. Victor Mitchell (R) reported raising $5,246 last quarter and had $2.2 million on hand thanks to earlier self-funding.

Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne (D) raised $300,000 and had $452,000 on hand.

Former investment banker Doug Robinson (R) raised $77,814, including a $243,000 loan from the candidate, and had $430,000 on hand.

Rep. Jared Polis (D) raised $803,000 last quarter and reported $367,000 on hand.

Former state Treasurer Cary Kennedy (D) raised $277,000 and had $286,000 on hand.

Frontier Fairness PAC, a group supporting former state Sen. Mike Johnston (D), raised $100,000 last quarter and had $257,000 on hand.

State Attorney General Cynthia Coffman (R) raised $101,000 and had $85,000 on hand.

Businessman Noel Ginsburg (D) raised $225,000 in the fourth quarter and had $224,000 on hand.

Former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R) raised $79,000 and had $63,000 on hand.

Lar­imer County Com­mis­sion­er Lew Gaiter (R), former Trump campaign state chairman Steve Barlock (R),

former Parker Mayor Greg Lopez (R) all raised four figures or less. (Hotline reporting)

$190,000 of Ginsburg’s haul “came from his own pockets. (Colorado Pols)

IL GOV: Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) “reported $2.916 million in contributions” last quarter. “He spent more than $12.8 million but still has a whopping $55.6 million ahead of the March primary. Rauner’s largest contribution during this filing period was $2.5 million from Ken Griffin, the founder and CEO of Citadel, in December. His biggest expenditure was $6.525 million to California-based Target Enterprises for campaign ads.

State Rep Jeanne Ives (R) “reported $433,660 in contributions since mid-October. … She has $662,463 cash on hand. Ives’ largest contribution came from Vincent Kolber, CEO of Residual Based Finance Corporation, known as RESIDCO. Kolber contributed $100,000 in November. Kolber contributed $1,000 to Rauner’s gubernatorial campaign in June, prior to Ives jumping into the race. He also contributed to Rauner’s first gubernatorial campaign.”

Venture capitalist J.B. Pritzker (D) “gave himself $21 million in three $7 million installments … and has $7.858 million on hand for the final stretch before the March 20 primary. Pritzker … continues to dole out big money for airtime. Pritzker spent more than $5.2 million for media buys to Philadelphia firm Shorr, Johnson, Magnus Strategic Media and $2.1 million to GMMB, a Washington D.C. based advertising and political consulting firm.”

State Sen. Daniel Biss (D) “received about $1.06 million in contributions. He spent more than $639,000 and has $3.12 million heading into the final 63 days of the primary race.”

Philanthropist Chris Kennedy (D) “reported about $1.01 million, with another $25,000 in in-kind contributions. He spent $1.59 million, and has $737,000 on hand. Contributions included $10,000 from his cousin, Connecticut state Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr. and $250,000 from Chris Kennedy himself.

“Former Madison County Schools Supt. Bob Daiber (D) raised about $27,000 during the quarter and had $11,329 on hand after expenditures and debts and obligations. And former Ceasefire head Tio Hardiman (D) raised $1,527 and has $530 on hand. Robert Marshall, a Burr Ridge doctor, loaned $29,000 to himself and reported $11,000 in expenditures. He had about $17,000 cash on hand at the end of the year.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

“Gubernatorial candidates reported an 82% increase in spending from last quarter. Gubernatorial candidates raised four times more this quarter than the same period in 2014.” (The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform)

“Kennedy later this week is expected to give himself a ‘significant boost’ by once again digging into his own pockets.” (Politico)

IA GOV: Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) “raised over $3.7 million in 2017 and has over $4.14 million cash-on-hand. … 75% of all contributions are $250 or under. 95% of all contributions are from Iowa. Contributions have been received from all of Iowa’s 99 counties.” (release)

Political consultant John Norris (D), who ran former Secretary of State John Kerry’s (D) “Iowa Caucus campaign in 2004, got $4,000+ from John Kerry’s old U.S. Senate committee.” (Iowa Starting Line)

ME GOV: State Attorney General Janet Mills (D) “raised more money than any candidate in either party during the July through December fundraising period, bringing in $352,575, her campaign said, while noting that the average contribution was $178.”

Attorney Adam Cote (D) raised $278,000 ”during the last six months of 2017” and had $351,000 on hand.

Auto body shops owner Shawn Moody (R) “raised $301,705 and had about $260,000 in cash on hand at the beginning of January. The report also showed he contributed $150,000 to his own campaign.”

Former state House Speaker Mark Eves (D) “received donations of $160,000, with more than 90 percent coming from Maine people in amounts of $200 or less.”

Former nonprofit executive Alan Caron (I) donated “$250,000 to his traditionally financed campaign while collecting another $30,195 from donors.”

Former state health commissioner Mary Mayhew (R) “raised just over $119,000 during the period. … She reported having $94,670 in cash on hand at the start of January.”

State Senate President Mike Thibodeau (R) “reported $100,763 in donations during the period and counted $58,898 in cash on hand.”

Lobbyist Betsy Sweet (D), “who was the first Clean Elections candidate to file … reported raising just over $88,000 in qualifying seed donations. … Sweet said Tuesday she was about one-third of the way to collecting the required $5 contributions. She said she intends to collect the maximum amount of allowable seed money, which is $200,000. Sweet noted that 70 percent of her donations came from Maine people.”

State Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason (R), “the only Republican candidate in the race seeking public financing, reported collecting just over $31,000 of seed donations of $100 or less.”

Former state Sen. Jim Boyle (D) “raised $134,000, with $54,000 coming from donors and $80,000 coming in the form of a loan he made to his own campaign.”

State Sen. Mark Dion (D) reported raising $16,000 “in the last six months of 2017.”

Former Bangor Mayor Sean Faircloth (D), who is “running as a Clean Elections candidate, reported raising $640 in seed money contributions during the recently closed reporting period.” (Portland Press Herald)

“Former state Rep. Diane Russell (D) spent all but $5,000 of her $50,000 haul.”

State House Minority Leader Ken Fredette (R) “mustered $14,000.”

“A spokeswoman for independent State Treasurer Terry Hayes said she has collected just under a third of the $5 contributions to qualify for Clean Election funding.” (Bangor Daily News)

MD GOV: Former NAACP President Ben Jealous (D) has raised $1.5 million, “of which 99% out of 9,951 donations are from individual donors providing an average contribution of $150.00.” (release)

Former university regent Jim Shea (D) announced Tuesday that he has raised $2 million and had $1.34 million on hand. (Twitter)

MA GOV: Gov. Charlie Baker (R) on Tuesday reported $7.2 million on hand as of Jan. 15 after raising $77,000 so far this month. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito (R) reported an additional $3.3 million on hand.

Former state budget chief Jay Gonzalez (D) reported $96,000 on hand after raising $40,000 so far this month. Former Newton Mayor Setti Warren (D) reported $68,000 on hand after bringing in $42,000. Environmentalist Bob Massie (D) reported $9,000 on hand. (Hotline reporting)

OH GOV: Secretary of State Jon Husted (R), “who also was running for governor before he joined the ticket with DeWine on Nov. 30, closed out his account Dec. 27, transferring $4.644 milion to” state Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) “after making refunds to contributors who made maximum donations to to both men. … [T]he Husted cash brought their combined money to $9.3 million — not counting donations received by DeWine over the last half of 2017. … Updated campaign finance reports covering the last six months of last year are due Jan. 31.” (Columbus Dispatch)

WI GOV: Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) campaign said Tuesday that he raised $3.7 million in the second half of 2017 and reported $4.2 million on hand as of Dec. 31. (National Journal) “[N]early 85 percent of donations” were $100 or less. Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch (R) and the state party reported an additional $1.4 million and $1.2 million on hand respectively. (release)

“State Superintendent Tony Evers (D) has raised just over $312,000 in the race for governor, putting him in the top tier of fundraising among Democratic candidates. Evers reported Tuesday that he had about $115,000 cash on hand as of January.” (AP)

Correction: This story originally included outdated information on the Maryland governor race. See Jan. 18’s edition for the latest fundraising figures.

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