Schmidt breaks fundraising records in governor’s race

TOPEKA – (January 10, 2022) – Attorney General Derek Schmidt raised more than $1.63 million in 2021, by far the most any candidate challenging an incumbent Kansas governor has ever raised at this point in an election cycle, Schmidt’s campaign for Governor announced today. It also is the most any Kansas Republican candidate for Governor, including incumbents seeking reelection, has ever raised in the year preceding an election year.

Schmidt’s campaign will report raising $1,638,152.34, which notably includes contributions from every one of Kansas’ 105 counties. Nearly all of the funds raised – 91 percent – came from donors in the state. The campaign received more than 3,600 contributions from 2,800 unique donors last year, with 95 percent of both coming from Kansas. 

“This record-setting finance report reflects the unprecedented enthusiasm among Kansans for supporting Derek Schmidt’s candidacy for governor and his vision to get our state back on track,” said Schmidt Campaign Manager CJ Grover. “It also makes clear the widespread dissatisfaction with the Kelly administration’s failures over the past three years, during which the current governor’s most notable accomplishment was to lose $700 million in taxpayer money to fraudsters. Kansans want positive change, and Derek Schmidt is poised to deliver it as governor.” 

Schmidt’s fundraising total comes in the race to unseat incumbent Democrat Governor Laura Kelly, who is running for re-election. Schmidt’s total shattered the previous record for a challenger of $1,002,839.43 by Paul Davis in 2013 in his race against incumbent Gov. Sam Brownback that cycle.

The Schmidt campaign will report more than $1.3 million cash on hand heading into 2022, nearly doubling Davis’ previous high water mark of $764,730.90 as a challenger in 2013.

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