Whitmer for Governor Raises Record-Breaking $1.5 Million
With more than 6,000 donors, Gretchen Whitmer posts strongest support with small-dollar grassroots supporters
LANSING, MI –Today, the Whitmer for Governor campaign announced a record-breaking $1,531,676.76 raised for her 2018 gubernatorial campaign. Whitmer also saved three out of every four dollars raised to post more than $1.1 million cash-on-hand, leaving her well-prepared for the race.
Whitmer has also built the largest foundation of grassroots support among any candidate, with more than 86% of all individual contributions committing $100 or less. The campaign listed more than 6,000 financial supporters, and of all contributions, more than 84% came from within Michigan.
Thanks to unprecedented local grassroots support, enthusiasm, and her record fighting for the things that matter, Whitmer is well positioned as the strongest candidate for the 2018 governor’s race.
“Gretchen Whitmer has built the largest movement of local grassroots support in this race because Michiganders know she puts people ahead of politics, and she’s going to shake up the status quo in Lansing,” Whitmer for Governor campaign manager Jerid Kurtz said. “As a former legislator and prosecutor, Whitmer has built an unprecedented coalition of early support because she’s the only candidate with a proven record fighting for the things that matter, like expanding health care access to 630,000 Michiganders or raising the minimum wage with a cost-of-living adjustment. Without a doubt, Gretchen is our strongest candidate to take back the governor’s office, and she’s prepared to keep mobilizing Michigan for change.”
With developments in the race, it also appears Whitmer is on track to qualify in early 2018 for the nearly $1 million in public financing.
Whitmer was among the first candidates for governor in the entire country endorsed by EMILY’s List, and they are committed to leveraging their national fundraising network to ensure that Whitmer has whatever it takes to win this race. She is also supported locally by MI List.
Whitmer is also endorsed by organizations representing more than 42,000 Michigan workers, including: the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights; the Michigan State Utility Workers Council; the Michigan Pipe Trades Association; the Michigan Joint Council of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union; and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 299.
Whitmer is also being supported by former Michigan Attorney General Frank J. Kelley, Assistant Democratic Senate Leader Steve Bieda (Warren), Democratic Senate Floor Leader Morris Hood III (Detroit), Associate President Pro Tempore Hoon-Yung Hopgood (Taylor), Assistant Democratic Senate Caucus Chair Vincent Gregory (Lathrup Village), Senate Democratic Whip Curtis Hertel (East Lansing), Senator Rebekah Warren (Ann Arbor), Democratic House Leader Sam Singh (East Lansing), Democratic House Floor Leader Christine Greig (Farmington Hills), Assistant Democratic House Whip Erika Geiss (Taylor), Representative Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (Detroit), Representative Leslie Love (Detroit), Representative Kevin Hertel (St. Clair Shores), Representative Henry Yanez (Sterling Heights), Representative Patrick Green (Warren), Representative Pam Faris (Clio), Representative Tim Sneller (Burton), Representative Ronnie Peterson (Ypsilanti), Representative Jon Hoadley (Kalamazoo), Representative Tom Cochran (Mason), Representative Andy Schor (Lansing), Representative David LaGrand (Grand Rapids), and Representative Scott Dianda (Calumet).