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Garrett Soldano leads fundraising among GOP candidates for governor

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LANSING, Michigan – Money and politics go hand in hand, and all eyes in Michigan on Monday were on the quarterly campaign papers, which for the first time revealed the cash ranks of those vying for the GOP nomination for governor.

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At the top is anti-lockdown activist and chiropractor Garrett Soldano in southwest Michigan, who has raised nearly $ 625,000 since his run was announced in April.

“The greatest thing about it is that the power of one can lead to the power of many,” said Soldano. “This is all pure grass roots, no PAC money, no dark money, this is everyone’s hard earned money. We received over 10,000 donations and I think the statistic was 94% was under $ 200. That just tells you it’s a bare-bones base, and we’re very proud of that. “

Soldano has far outperformed its competitors, more than tripling the $ 170,221 raised by Pastor Ralph Rebandt of Oakland County to date.

Tudor Dixon, a mother of four and conservative media personality from Norton Shores, has reported $ 132,000 in campaign contributions since her candidacy was announced in late May.

“We only talked about the fact that it was a snowball effect. I feel really good about the snowball we’re building and the excitement we’re building around our campaign, ”Dixon told FOX 17 on Saturday.
Controversial Allendale Planning Commissioner Ryan Kelley has raised just $ 35,000 since announcing his intention to run.

“The Supreme Republican Governor’s raising only $ 600,000 in three months is a clear reflection of Governor Whitmer’s strong leadership, who put Michiganders first as she worked to save lives, our state again and make one of the fastest economic recoveries “in the Midwest,” said Rodericka Applewhaite, spokeswoman for the Michigan Democratic Party.

Regardless of what the Republicans get up to, they’ll compete against a record-breaking war chest put together by Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s re-election campaign that has raised more than $ 8.6 million so far this year.

Soldano says he isn’t worried about Whitmer’s level of funding.

“She can raise $ 500 million, the people of Michigan don’t care because she hurt so many people, she closed so many stores,” Soldano said.

“Under normal circumstances, a first-time candidate showing this level of funding would indicate some growth potential,” said John Sellek, a longtime Republican advisor and strategist in Michigan. “However, Michigan’s races were nationalized at the state level after Governor Whitmer’s struggles with former President Trump helped elevate them across the country, including sketches on Saturday Night Live. That made their campaign a US Senate-level fundraising machine, which currently overshadows everything. ” I’ve ever seen it in Michigan (outside of the self-funding candidates). GOP candidates who can’t put millions on the board simply won’t be able to match the spending levels of Whitmer and the multitude of third-party groups that will soon be descending on our state, “added Sellek.

One notable name from the list is former Detroit Police Chief James Craig, whom many have called the front runner in the GOP racing. Since James only set up a campaign committee last week, he won’t have to announce his donation amount until October.

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