Candidates for state governor file first fundraising reports

Candidates for state governor file first fundraising reports

State Superintendent Tony Evers has raised just over $312,000 in the race for governor, putting him in the top tier of fundraising among Democratic candidates.

Evers reported Tuesday that he had about $115,000 cash on hand as of January.

Three other Democrats reported raising more than Evers, aided by their own personal wealth.

Former Democratic Party chairman Matt Flynn brought in $350,000, but he loaned his campaign $40,000. Milwaukee businessman Andy Gronik raised $554,000, but $450,000 came out of his own pocket. Andy state Rep. Dana Wachs raised $514,000, with $235,000 coming from his own personal wealth.

Gronik said Tuesday that to launch a serious campaign from scratch “would take our family’s investment.” He also said he’s funding his own campaign to demonstrate his “commitment to ousting Scott Walker by putting skin in the game.”

Evers has not spent any of his own money on the campaign so far.

The winner of the Democratic primary will face Gov. Scott Walker in November.

Walker raised $3.7 million over 6 months

Gov. Scott Walker raised $3.7 million the last six months of 2017, putting him ahead of his Democratic field of challengers but behind what he did four years ago.

Walker reported his numbers on Tuesday.

In the last six months of 2013, Walker raised $5.1 million for a total of $8.6 million that year. But in 2017 his total raised was $7.1 million.

Seven top tier Democrats who are running against him raised a total of about $2.3 million over the past six months. Collectively they have about $1.1 million cash on hand, while Walker has $4.2 million.

The Democratic primary is in August with the general election in November.