LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – At the end of July, Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that she had raised $9.5 million in 2022 and has $15 million in the bank. What she didn’t tell everyone is that 44% of that money raised in 2022 came from outside of Michigan.

The Whitmer campaign received 31,600 donations from outside of the state and about 24,300 donations from Michiganders. In addition to Michigan donations, most of her individual donations came from California, New York, Illinois, Florida and Massachusetts.

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In what looks to be a strategy of nationalizing Michigan’s gubernatorial election, Whitmer has been appealing to people all over the country, raising money at different fundraisers and taking donations from Hollywood’s Steven Spielberg, Rob Reiner and also the Soros family.

Whitmer participated in more than 1000 fundraisers this year, both in person and virtually, and has asked for support from places like Los Angeles, California and Washington, D.C.

It’s not just the Hollywood folks who are giving her money though. Even the small donations are coming from out of state. Those who contributed less than $20 gave Whitmer a total of $204,000 and those inside the state of Michigan gave her a total of $152,000.

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Whitmer has raised more money this year than in 2021, even though she was accepting donations without contribution limits for several months when she took advantage of a rule that allowed her to do so because she was facing recall attempts.

Steven Spielberg and other Hollywood types, as well as many non-residents of Michigan, are also donating to Democrat Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Attorney General Dana Nessel. Benson has received the maximum $7,150 contribution from 46 people, 34 of them outside of Michigan. Nessel has received 31 checks of the maximum donation, only nine with Michigan addresses.