Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is the number one fundraiser in Michigan 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 $26,046,921 in total contributions and spent $20,109,935 between Jan. 1, 2021 and Sept. 1, 2022. Whitmer is running for re-election in 2022.
Gov. Whitmer is a member of the Democratic Party and first assumed office in 2019.
Contributions to Gov. Whitmer
Of the $26 million already reported in the 2022 election cycle, 8.7 percent came from the top 10 donors.
Top Donors to Gov. Whitmer (1/1/2021 – 9/1/2022)
|Rank||Total Amount||Donor Name||Donor Type|
|2.||$250,000.00||Mark J Bernstein||INDIVIDUAL|
|6.||$100,000.00||Heidi and Christopher Stolte||INDIVIDUAL|
|8.||$100,000.00||Karla T Jurvetson||INDIVIDUAL|
Expenditures by Gov. Whitmer
On the expenditures side, Gov. Whitmer reported $20.1 million, with 7.1 percent of all spending going to the 10 payees topping the list.
Top Expenditures by Gov. Whitmer (1/1/2021 – 9/1/2022)
|Rank||Total Amount||Payee Name||Payee Type|
|1.||$3,558,365.61||Democratic State Central Committee||ENTITY|
|2.||$3,554,558.32||Run the World Digital||ENTITY|
|8.||$285,083.08||Clark Hill Political Action Comm||ENTITY|
|9.||$267,547.34||Capital Strategies Group||ENTITY|
|10.||$250,000.00||Mark J Bernstein||INDIVIDUAL|
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.
|Name of Report||Reporting Period||Deadline|
|2021 Annual||1/1/21 – 12/31/21||1/31/2022|
|2022 April (PACs)||1/1/22 – 4/20/22||4/25/2022|
|2022 July (PACs)||4/21/22 – 7/20/22||7/25/2022|
|2022 Post-Primary||7/21/22 – 8/22/22||9/1/2022|
|2022 Pre-General||8/23/22 – 10/23/22||10/28/2022|
|2022 Post-General||10/24/22 – 11/29/22||12/8/2022|
|2022 Annual||1/1/22 – 12/31/22||1/31/2023|