Michigan Gov. Whitmer receives $14.3 million, with 5 donors giving $250,000

In Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is the number one fundraiser in state politics in the 2022 election cycle so far. According to the most recent campaign finance reports made to the Michigan Secretary of State, the governor received $14,281,061 in total contributions and spent $8,625,120 between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021. Whitmer is running for re-election in 2022.

Gov. Whitmer is a member of the Democratic Party and first assumed office in 2019.

Gov. Whitmer’s reported campaign finance activity, by quarter (2017-2021)

Source: Transparency USA

Contributions to Gov. Whitmer

Of  the $14.3 million already reported in the 2022 election cycle, 12.25 percent came from the top 10 donors.

Top Donors to Gov. Whitmer (1/1/2021 – 12/31/2021)

RankTotal AmountDonor NameDonor Type
1.$250,000Jay PritzkerIndividual
2.$250,000Mark J BernsteinIndividual
3.$250,000Patricia StrykerIndividual
4.$250,000Ronda StrykerIndividual
5.$250,000Stacy SchustermanIndividual
6.$100,000Heidi and Christopher StolteIndividual
7.$100,000James OffieldIndividual
8.$100,000Karla T JurvetsonIndividual
9.$100,000Richard WhitmerIndividual
10.$100,000Sharif HusseinIndividual

Expenditures by Gov. Whitmer

On the expenditures side, Gov. Whitmer reported $8.6 million, with 83.6 percent of all spending going to the 10 payees topping the list. 

Top Expenditures by Gov. Whitmer (1/1/2021 – 12/31/2021)

RankTotal AmountPayee NamePayee Type
1.$3,557,366Democratic State Central CommitteeEntity
2.$1,675,064Run the World DigitalEntity
3.$924,410Paychex IncEntity
4.$250,000Mark J BernsteinIndividual
5.$206,595Clark Hill Political Action CommEntity
6.$172,389Capital Strategies GroupEntity
7.$161,300Anzalone Liszt Grove Research IncEntity
8.$95,852Act BlueEntity
9.$94,959Cardmember ServiceEntity
10.$75,000Mario Morrow & Associates LLCEntity

How Gov. Whitmer’s fundraising compares to other governors

Among elected officials holding the same level of state office, fundraising varies widely. A number of factors, including whether an incumbent officeholder is running for reelection, influence donor activity. Here is how fundraising by Michigan Gov. Whitmer compares to the 10 other governors with campaign finance data available from Transparency USA in 2022:

Fundraising reported by 11 U.S. governors in the 2022 election cycle

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Michigan PACs submitted to the Michigan Secretary of State. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

Report NameReport Due Date
2022 Annual/January1/31/2022
2022 April (PACs)4/25/2022
2022 July (PACs)7/25/2022
2022 Post-Primary9/1/2022
2022 Pre-General10/28/2023
2022 Post-General12/8/2022

This article is a joint publication from Ballotpedia and Transparency USA, who are working together to provide campaign finance information for state-level elections. Learn more about our work here.