COMMITTEES: The DGA raised “over $41 million across all entities in 2017. … The DGA raised $11.7 million from the nearly 50,000 donors who gave to the organization for the first time in 2017.” (release) About half, $20 million, came in the third and fourth quarters, putting them narrowly behind the RGA’s $27 million in the same time.
AL GOV: Moving Alabama Forward, a PAC supporting Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle (R), raised $12,000 last month, the group reported Wednesday. (Hotline reporting)
AK GOV: Dunleavy for Alaska, a super PAC supporting former state Sen. Mike Dunleavy (R), has collected $560,000 in pledges from four donors: former JPMorgan Chase executive Francis Dunleavy (Dunleavy’s brother), “developer Bob Penney, construction executive Josh Pepperd and political activist Bob Griffin. … Dunleavy for Alaska said that its four donors have agreed to spend ‘whatever it takes’ to get Dunleavy elected.” (Anchorage Daily News)
CA GOV: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) raised $4.6 million between July 1 and Dec. 31 and had $16.7 million. (California Target Book)
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) raised $2.1 million and had $5.9 million. (California Target Book)
State Treasurer John Chiang (D) raised $1.3 million and had $5.8 million on hand. (California Target Book)
Businessman John Cox (R) raised $305,000 and had $2 million on hand. (California Target Book)
State Assemblyman Travis Allen (R) raised $368,000 and had $136,000 on hand. He also reported $343,000 in debt. (California Target Book)
ID GOV: Lt. Gov. Brad Little (R) “raised more than $500,000” in the second half of the year. (release)
Little reported $638,000 in the bank compared to developer Tommy Ahlquist’s (R) $68,000. Ahlquist has been heavily self-funding his campaign.
Rep. Raul Labrador (R) “collected a total of $670,000 last year and still had $375,000 on hand.”
A.J. Balukoff’s (D) “report shows he gave $175,000 of his own money to his campaign and raised roughly $6,200 in contributions from supporters.” (AP)
MI GOV: Former state Senate Minority Gretchen Whitmer (D) reported $1.9 million on hand after raising $747,000. “[M]ore than 82% of donations to her campaign for $100 or less, and 82% of donations from Michigan. … The 9,801 financial supporters who contributed to Whitmer’s campaign made over 17,000 donations.” (release)
Former Detroit Health Director Abdul El-Sayed (D) 78 percent of all of his contributions so far were under $100. (release)
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley (R) “raised $1.8 million for the election cycle through his two committees, with just more than $300,000 raised in the latest quarter. Calley reported having close to $1.4 million in cash on hand.” (Detroit Free Press)
Physician Jim Hines (R) raised $164,000 and had $167,000 on hand. Entrepreneur Shri Thanedar (D) raised $1,000 and had $5.2 million on hand. Former Xerox executive Bill Cobbs (D) raised $4,000 and had $3,000 on hand. (Hotline reporting)
MN GOV: Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson (R) “raised $263,000 for the reporting period that ended on December 31st, 2017. Additionally, the campaign had $180,000 cash on hand. … Over 99 percent of donations came from individual Minnesotans. … Less than 1% of donations came from registered lobbyists. … No PAC money was taken.” (release)
Former St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman (D) raised $602,000 last year and had $294,000 on hand as of Dec. 31.
State Auditor Rebecca Otto (D) raised $320,000 and had $182,000 on hand.
State Rep. Erin Murphy (D) raised $377,000 and had $147,000 on hand.
State Rep. Paul Thissen (D) raised $301,000 and had $108,000 on hand.
Former state Party Chairman Keith Downey (R) and state Rep. Tina Liebling (D) each reported five figures on hand. Before they dropped out, state Rep. Matt Dean (R) and state Sen. David Osmek (R) raised $109,000 and $16,000, respectively. (Hotline reporting)
OH GOV: Former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director Richard Cordray (D) “raised more than $2 million in the 57 days since [he] entered the race on December 5th, ending the period with $2 million on hand.” (release)
Former Rep. Betty Sutton (D), “who is now Cordray’s running mate, donated $111,260 to Cordray’s campaign before shutting down her own campaign account.”
State Attorney General Mike DeWine’s (R) “war chest is loaded with $10.56 million — a figure he hit with a $4.64 million contribution from his running mate’s now closed campaign account, a $1 million outstanding personal loan and contributions from thousands of supporters.” (Dayton Daily News) Of the campaign contributions, 95% of donors are from Ohio and the average contribution was about $652.” (release)
“Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor (R) reports she has $3.5 million on hand — after loaning her campaign $3 million. … Taylor’s campaign also reported another loan of $250,000 from running mate Nathan Estruth.” She “picked up $496,000 in the last half of 2017. … Onward Ohio, a nonprofit political organization formed by Taylor in 2015 to raise her profile, reported in its federal filing that it raised $951,099 last year and had $293,217 on hand.”
Former state Rep. Connie Pillich (D) “raised a total of $911,655 and reported a balance of $489,769.”
State Sen. Joe Schiavoni (D) raised $381,000 and had a balance of $381,000. (Columbus Dispatch)
OK GOV: Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb (R) raised $402,000 the last two and had $2.6 million on hand as of Dec. 31.
Mortgage lending executive Kevin Stitt (R) raised $602,000, loaned the campaign $300,000, and had $1.6 million on hand.
Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett (R) raised $319,000 and had $660,000 on hand.
Former U.S. Attorney Gary Richardson (R) raised $47,000 and had $603,000 on hand.
Former state Attorney General Drew Edmondson (R) raised $294,000 and had $311,000 on hand.
PA GOV: Gov. Tom Wolf (D) raised $11.1 million last year with a previously disclosed cash-on-hand of $11 million. “Fairness PA, a committee funded largely by Philadelphia-area lawyers and executives … Fairness PA contributed $1 million.”
“State House Speaker Mike Turzai (R) reported just over $1.3 million in fund-raising, $300,000 of which was transferred at year’s end from a separate ‘leadership fund’ Mr. Turzai has used to help other Republicans. … [H]e boasted $1,023,436.77 to begin 2018.”
Attorney Laura Ellsworth (R) raised $499,000 last year “much of which came from colleagues at the Jones Day law firm. … Ellsworth herself contributed $15,000.” She had $417,000 on hand. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
RI GOV: Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) “raised about $567,000 in campaign contributions during the three-month period ended Dec. 31. … The latest round of donations brought Raimondo’s campaign cash on hand to $3.35 million.”
Cranston Mayor Allan Fung (D) “took in about $175,000 in donations during the fall quarter. … Fung had about $241,000 cash on hand at the end of the year. Fung’s donors included Sean Spicer, President Trump’s former White House press secretary and a Rhode Island native, who gave him the maximum $1,000 donation.”
State House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan (R) “took in about $30,000. … [S]he finished the year with about $117,000 cash on hand.”
Former Republican state Rep. Joe Trillo (I) “raised just $6,550 during the quarter. … He finished the year with about $127,000 cash on hand, much of which came from a loan he gave to his campaign.” (WPRI)
SD GOV: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) gave Rep. Kristi Noem (R) $5,000. (Tampa Bay Times)
TN GOV: Former state economic commissioner Randy Boyd (R) raised more than $3.25 million in the second half of the year. 95 percent of his donations came from in-state, and he has gotten contributions from all 95 counties. (release)
Rep. Diane Black (R) “raised nearly $1.75 million dollars between August and January, with more than 1,000 contributions from all 95 Tennessee counties.” (release)
State House Speaker Beth Harwell (R) “said her first financial report will show more than $5 million cash-on- hand, with more than 1,000 individual Tennesseans contributing to her bid for governor since July.” (The Chattanoogan)
Housing services executive Bill Lee (R) “raised nearly $2.3 million for the 2017 reporting period, with over $900,000 in the second half of 2017. In addition to the amount raised, Bill and his wife Maria committed to match campaign donations dollar for dollar, ending the reporting period with over $3.7 million cash on hand.” (release)
Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean (D) “brought in $1.45 million from July to mid-January,” including “a $200,000 donation from Dean and his wife Anne Davis. … The campaign reports over $1.8 million cash on hand.” 80 percent of donations “were under $100 with 48 percent coming from outside of Nashville.” (release)
State House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh (D) “raised $304,000 while making a personal $500,000 loan. … Fitzhugh’s campaign reported $681,885 in cash on hand at the end of 2017.” Donors included former Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) and Rep. Jim Cooper (D). (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
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