Whitmer’s .5M haul boosted by celebrities, donors from every state

Whitmer’s $9.5M haul boosted by celebrities, donors from every state


Lansing — A California movie director, a Nevada politician, a Hawaii architect and a rancher from Montana provided four of the more than 90,000 contributions that resulted in a record fundraising haul for Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s reelection campaign over the first seven months of 2022.

From Jan. 1, through July 17, donors from every state gave money to support Whitmer, helping the Democrat raise $9.5 million, a total that’s nearly triple what the last two incumbent Michigan governors raised over a similar time frame.

Whitmer’s .5M haul boosted by celebrities, donors from every state

The total donation reflects the national spotlight that’s been on Whitmer over the last two years as she has governed a battleground state during a global pandemic and was considered as a potential running mate for President Joe Biden.

Her fundraising haul shows “instant viability” if she decides to run for president herself one day because of her ability to reach a national donor base, said David Dulio, a political science professor at Oakland University.

“It’s a pretty stunning report,” Dulio said.

Whitmer is running for a second term as governor in November with five Republican candidates seeking their party’s nomination to challenge her.

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