CO GOV: State Treasurer Walker Stapleton (R) “collected about $750,000 in the last three months of 2017, a record for a single fundraising period in a governor’s race. The state treasurer, who donated another $250,000 from his own pocket, filed his report after the deadline and faces the threat of a minor fine.”
“Rep. Jared Polis of Boulder gave his campaign more than $750,000 — the most of any candidate in that primary — putting his personal investment at nearly $1.4 million.
Former state Treasurer Cary Kennedy (D) “raised the highest total of individual contributions among Democrats at $277,000, but” former state Sen. Mike Johnston (D) “finished 2017 with the most in his campaign coffer, at $732,000.”
A “new independent expenditure committee backing [state Attorney General Cynthia Coffman’s (R)] candidacy called Stronger Colorado Ahead collected $158,000 in contributions in just six weeks. Whiting Petroleum board chairman James Volker gave $100,000, making him the top donor, and Carol Mizel gave $25,000. She is the wife of Larry Mizel, one of Colorado’s top Republican financiers and a supporter of Stapleton.”
“Build Colorado’s Future, which is supporting [investment banker Doug Robinson (R)], notched a $25,000 contribution from former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who is the candidate’s uncle. … Robinson loaned his campaign $243,000 on Christmas Eve.”
Businessman Noel Ginsburg and Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne (D) “contributed $190,000 and $60,000, respectively, to their campaigns at the end of the quarter.” (Denver Post)
IL GOV: Philanthropist Chris Kennedy (D) gave his campaign another $250,000 on Wednesday. (Hotline reporting)
IA GOV: Former Economic Development Chief Fred Hubbell (D) “raised more than $3 million in 2017” with “individual donors from each of Iowa’s 99 counties, the campaign said. Of the more than $3 million Hubbell raised in 2017, nearly all of it — 99.8 percent — came from individual donors, and more than 80 percent came from Iowans.” (Sioux City Journal)
State Sen. Nate Boulton (D) raised “just under $1.1 million since his May kick-off, his campaign [said]. Since the start of the new year and after the 2017 reporting deadline, he’s brought in an additional $200,000. … Boulton had 2,129 individual donors to his campaign (not including PACs), and that donor base made 3,914 individual contributions during 2017. … 87% of Boulton’s contributions were under $100. … PAC reports that are currently public show AFSCME contributed $100,000 in 2017, along with an additional $100,000 at the start of this year. The Firefighters International Union kicked in $25,000 after the 2017 deadline as well.”
“Fundraising reports are due to be posted online by this Friday.” (Iowa Starting Line)
RGA Right Direction PAC gave Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) nearly $1.3 million last year. (release)
KS GOV: Topeka Pastor Richard Kloos (I) “has spent more than $81,000 on his bid for governor. … Meanwhile, Kloos collected just $6,525 in donations.” Kloos “said he had loaned his campaign money” to cover the difference. “Kloos gathered more than 8,000 signatures and is now on the November ballot.”
Kloos: “What we were hearing from people as we began to gather signatures was that until we really got on the ballot, a lot of people really weren’t in the mode of wanting to give financially. … So I just had to kind of had to determine – basically, I took out of my retirement to fund my campaign, to loan the campaign the money knowing that, ‘Hey, if this flops, I’m going to lose this money.’” (Wichita Eagle)
MD GOV: Gov. Larry Hogan (R) raised nearly $4.6 million last year and had $8 million cash on hand as of Jan. 10.
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz (D) reported $506,000 in contributions and has $2 million cash on hand.
Former State Department official Alec Ross (D) reported $444,000 on hand.
Former White House official Krish Vignarajah (D) raised $331,000 and had $272,000 on hand.
State Sen. Richard Madaleno (D) raised $309,000 and had $194,000 on hand. (Hotline reporting)
93 percent of Hogan’s “17,000 unique donors last year were Maryland residents and that two-thirds were small donors who contributed $250 or less.” (Washington Post)
Madaleno gave his campaign a $120,000 loan. Vignarajah gave her campaign $100,000.
“Ross reported donations from a variety of technology executives and investors, including Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox , Zynga co-founder Mark Pincus and Craigslist founder Craig Newmark. Roughly a third of Ross’s haul came from California.” (Washington Post)
“At this time in 2014 the three candidates for Governor … had nearly twice as much money on hand during the same filing period from their election. … The burn rates are remarkable too.” (Red Maryland)
NV GOV: State Attorney General Adam Laxalt’s (R) “donors feature a number of notable figures and companies within the gaming industry,” including Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam Adelson, the Fertitta family of Station Casinos, “Landry’s, of which Tilman Fertitta is the CEO,” and “Treasure Island and its owner, Phil Ruffin.” Other donors included conservative nonprofit Keystone Corporation, former Gov. Bob List (R), and former Sen. John Ensign (R).
State Treasurer Dan Schwartz’s (D) donations “mostly came in the form of individual donations from people with addresses listed in Nevada, Washington, D.C., Ohio, New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, Florida, Illinois, Texas, Michigan, Louisiana and California. No corporate donations were listed on his report.”
“A significant chunk of” Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak’s (D) “donations in 2017 unsurprisingly came from the gaming industry, including” MGM Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, Station Casinos, Cosmopolitan, Golden Entertainment, and Jerry’s Nugget. Other donors included “Majestic Realty, which was previously involved with the development of the Raiders stadium,” the “Laborers’ union, which strongly supported the development of the stadium,” NV Energy, and members of the marijuana industry like Cannabiotix, Deep Roots Harvest, Euphoria Wellness, MedMen, Reef Dispensaries, and Terra Tech.
“[I]ndividual smaller-dollar donors largely fueled [Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani (D)] fundraising efforts last year. But she did earn a few large contributions from the state’s biggest industry. Among them: $10,000 from Caesars Entertainment Services, $10,000 from Dotty’s, $5,000 from South Point Hotel & Casino and $5,000 from Casino Royale and Hotel. She also snagged a $10,000 donation from Euphoria Wellness, a marijuana dispensary in southwest Las Vegas. Friends and family pitched in to boost Giunchigliani’s campaign account as well. A trio of relatives who list Giunchigliani as their last name contributed $10,000 each, and another family member kicked in $5,000. Buckskin Mountain PAC, which is registered to state Sen. Tick Segerblom, contributed $10,000, in addition to another $10,000 she received from Segerblom’s campaign account.” (Nevada Independent)
NY GOV: Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) last year “received donations from an array of wealthy individuals and companies, from big Albany lobbying shops to real estate developers, from Hollywood moguls to the pharmaceutical industry. Many of the donors have business dealings with the state.” Donors included hedge fund manager Joseph DiMenna, billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad, Hollywood executive Jeffrey Katzenberg, billionaire businessman Barry Diller, “three limited liability companies linked to the address of Brookfield Properties,” Ernst & Young, KPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. “Cuomo … raised only 0.2 percent of his money from donors who gave less than $200. His overall average contribution was more than $4,800.”
“His single largest expenditure was giving away … the $111,400 he has received over the years from the disgraced Hollywood producer [Harvey Weinstein] … to a group called Women’s Justice Now. Mr. Cuomo spent another $140,000 on polling, split between Global Strategy Group and Central Marketing Inc.” (New York Times)
America Rising also noted a number of “contributions from donors with legal issues,” including Rochester developer Robert Morgan and real estate mogul Daniel Brodsky. (Hotline reporting)
TX GOV: Gay bar owner Jeffrey Payne (D) “has reported collecting $56,800 in political contributions in the last five months of 2017. … That total includes more than $46,800 in loans he made to his campaign, according to the filing with the Texas Ethics Commission made public on Wednesday.” (Houston Chronicle)
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