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Fred Hubbell gives himself another $700,000

In all, he's donated nearly $3 million to his run for governor

(File photo) Iowa gubernatorial candidate Fred Hubbell talks with apprentices at Five Rivers Carpenters JATC, during a visit to the training center in southwest Cedar Rapids on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
(File photo) Iowa gubernatorial candidate Fred Hubbell talks with apprentices at Five Rivers Carpenters JATC, during a visit to the training center in southwest Cedar Rapids on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

DES MOINES — Businessman Fred Hubbell poured another $700,000 into his gubernatorial primary campaign last month, records filed Friday show, bringing the total he has given himself to nearly $3 million.

Friday was the last reporting deadline for state campaign fundraising before Tuesday’s primary election. The new reports cover campaign financial activity over two weeks, May 15 through May 29.

Hubbell, of Des Moines, is one of five Democrats seeking the party’s nomination to run against Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds. And, if measured by campaign resources and opinion polls, he is the front-runner of the five hopefuls. Also seeking the Democratic nomination are Cathy Glasson, John Norris, Andy McGuire and Ross Wilburn.

The salary of the governor job they seek is $130,000 a year.

Besides donated to himself, Hubbell raised an additional $148,000 from donors during the two-week reporting period and his campaign spent nearly $1 million. Hubbell has been a constant presence in campaign television ads.

In total, Hubbell has raised nearly $7 million over the course of his campaign, which began in 2017.

State Sen. Nate Boulton raised nearly $36,000 during the two-week May reporting period despite leaving the race roughly halfway through the period. He dropped out May 23 after three women in a Des Moines Register report made allegations of past sexual misconduct against him.

Norris, a veteran Democratic aide with experiencing working for former Gov. Tom Vilsack and former president Barack Obama, raised nearly $37,000 during the filing period.

McGuire, a physician and former party leader from Des Moines, raised $5,000.

Wilburn, a former Iowa City mayor, reported raising no money during the two-week period.

A report for Glasson, a Coralville nurse and union leader, was not published on the state campaign website by Friday afternoon.

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Reynolds, who faces no primary challenge in her quest to be elected to a full term, maintained a campaign account with more than $4 million as she awaits the November general election.

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