Rinke lends $10 million to gubernatorial campaign, Dixon scores big donors as GOP primary nears

Lansing – Businessman Kevin Rinke has built a substantial fundraising lead in the Republican gubernatorial race by loaning his campaign $10 million, but many big GOP donors are lining up behind the commentator conservative Tudor Dixon 11 days from the primary election.

The five Republican gubernatorial candidates who will be on the Aug. 2 ballot were required to file fundraising disclosures by 5 p.m. Friday. Their reports, covering Jan. 1 to July 17, revealed three contrasting strategies on how to gather resources for a statewide campaign.

Rinke leaned on his personal wealth, and Dixon won over well-heeled business leaders, like the DeVos family of West Michigan, billionaire Richard Uihlein of Illinois, and Home Depot co-founder Bernard Marcus. .

Meanwhile, Mattawan chiropractor Garrett Soldano received small contributions. It reported more than 14,600 individual contributions in the first seven months of 2022.

The second highest number of disclosed individual contributions to the GOP field during this period was Allendale real estate broker Ryan Kelley at 2,800.

Rinke, whose professional career began working for his family’s car dealerships in metro Detroit, loaned his campaign $8 million on March 31, adding to the $2 million he had previously provided for his campaign. race in 2021.

Before officially entering the race, he had pledged to invest $10 million in his candidacy to run for the highest office in the state.

“It’s become very clear that no other candidate can put together the campaign and the resources to defeat Governor Whitmer,” Chris Grant, one of Rinke’s advisers, told the Detroit News in July 2021.

Overall, Rinke’s campaign raised $10.4 million and spent $6.2 million for the entire campaign, leaving $4.2 million available for the final days before the election. He spent millions of dollars on television advertising.

Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Kevin Rinke speaks with the media after the seventh debate at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan on July 20, 2022.

Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer raised about $9.5 million from Jan. 1 to July 17 and had $14.7 million as of July 18.

Of the five GOP candidates hoping to challenge Whitmer this fall, Soldano raised the second-most money at $2.1 million for the entire primary race. From January 1 to July 17, he declared $736,400 in contributions.

He had $332,096 still available as of July 18.

Soldano touted his “grassroots” support during the campaign trail, and only four donors gave maximum individual contributions of $7,150 during the July 1-July 17 period.

Dixon’s campaign received a maximum of 65 contributions during the same period, including donations from 11 different members of the DeVos family.

Matthew Haworth, chairman of Haworth Inc., David Kepler, a former Dow Chemical executive, and four members of the West Michigan Van Andel family each donated $7,150 to Dixon’s campaign, according to the disclosures.

Overall, Dixon’s campaign has raised $1.7 million, including $1.2 million since the start of the year. His campaign spent $1.1 million and had $537,899 on July 18.

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Garrett Soldano, a Mattawan chiropractor, reported more than 14,600 individual contributions between Jan. 1 and July 17 in Friday's campaign finance report.

Kelley’s campaign reported raising $208,416 from Jan. 1 to July 17. He raised $306,673 for his entire campaign.

His bid for governor drew national attention when he was arrested on June 9 and charged with four misdemeanors related to the January 6, 2021 riot at the United States Capitol. He pleaded not guilty. Kelley collected approximately $119,000 from June 9, the day of his arrest, until the end of the reporting period. His campaign had $37,801 available as of July 18.

The fifth Republican gubernatorial candidate, Pastor Ralph Rebandt of Farmington Hills, said he raised $162,705 from Jan. 1 to July 17.

For the entire campaign, he raised $396,057 and spent $390,503.

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