Big bucks in governor’s race, with majority coming from out-of-state 

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV

The race to be governor of West Virginia is on, and it’s an expensive one. Millions are pouring in for the candidates, with approximately half of all campaign contributions flowing in from out of state. Here’s a quick rundown of the major candidates’ fundraising efforts. 

Patrick Morrisey

Patrick Morrisey began with $1.1 million and raised an additional $560,000 this quarter. He spent $176,000, leaving him $1.5 million in his campaign account. 

He has a deep base of individual donors, as he submitted more than 200 pages of names of people who contributed to his campaign. He also continues to receive numerous large donations from conservative political activists across the nation.  

While he did not disclose the overall percentage of out of state donors, it appears that approximately two-thirds of his donations come from outside West Virginia. 

Moore Capito

Moore Capito began with $948,000 and raised an additional $282,000 this quarter. He spent $126,000, leaving him $1.1 million in his campaign account. 

Donors continue to include business leaders, real estate investors, attorneys, car dealers, energy executives, and power brokers from across the state and nation. Capito held fundraisers in numerous states including Texas, North Carolina, and Washington, DC. 

Nearly half of his donations come from out of state. 

Chris Miller

Chris Miller began with $3.49 million and raised an additional $264,000 this quarter. He spent $105,000, leaving him $3.6 million in his campaign account. 

Miller loaned himself $2.9 million earlier this year. He could continue to self-fund if needed. 

Like Morrisey, Miller did not disclose the origin of some donations directly but it appears more than half his donations come from in-state. All of his fundraisers were held in-state. 

Mac Warner

Mac Warner began with $197,000 and raised an additional $67,000 this quarter. He spent $54,000, leaving him with $210,000 in his campaign account. 

He also held fundraisers in numerous states including Georgia and Arizona. More than half his donations come from out of state. 

Rashida Yost

Rashida Yost has $3,000 in her campaign account. 

Steve Williams

The only Democratic candidate to declare for office is Mayor Steve Williams. He has yet to declare his precandidacy in order to begin raising funds.

For our previous reporting on gubernatorial campaign finance reports, click here.

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