Hubbell raises $3 million for gubernatorial run

Democratic gubenatorial candidate Fred Hubbell meets with law enforcement and mental health professionals about programs iin place as well as future plans to help law enforment and jails find suitable ways to better help people with mental illness. Story County Sheriff Paul Fitzgerald was also part of the round table held at the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office in Iowa City on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
Democratic gubenatorial candidate Fred Hubbell meets with law enforcement and mental health professionals about programs iin place as well as future plans to help law enforment and jails find suitable ways to better help people with mental illness. Story County Sheriff Paul Fitzgerald was also part of the round table held at the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office in Iowa City on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

DES MOINES — Fred Hubbell’s gubernatorial campaign raised more than $3 million in 2017, the campaign told the Gazette Des Moines Bureau.

Hubbell, a Des Moines businessman and one of seven Democrats vying to be the party’s candidate for governor in this fall’s general election, received individual donors from each of Iowa’s 99 counties, the campaign said.

Nearly of the donations — 99.8 percent — came from individual donors, and more than 80 percent came from Iowans, the campaign said.

“Going into the election year, we can feel the momentum and energy for Fred everywhere we go,” Michelle Gajewski, Hubbell’s campaign manager, said in a statement. “From the start, Fred has been committed to running a people-driven Iowa campaign, not one beholden to special interests.

“The breadth and depth of Fred’s support, in every single one of Iowa’s 99 counties, reflects the widespread progressive coalition that is uniting behind a lifelong progressive champion of causes like Planned Parenthood and access to mental health care.”

The other Democrats running for the Democrative gubernatorial nomination are state Sen. Nate Boulton, nurse and union leader Cathy Glasson, former Tom Vilsack aide John Norris, physician and former state party chairwoman Andy McGuire, former Iowa City mayor Ross Wilburn, now of Ames, and party activist Jon Neiderbach.

Glasson’s campaign reported earlier this week it had raised $2 million, most of it from fellow Service Employees International Union members around the country.

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Boulton raised nearly $1.1 million in 2017, his campaign told the Iowa Starting Line website, and an additional $200,000 since then.

The Hubbell campaign did not say how much money the candidate has spent — he has been airing television advertisements since the fall — or how much remains in his campaign account or whether Hubbell has donated to his own campaign.

Those details will be revealed Friday when state campaign finance reports are due.

Iowa’s primary election is June 5.

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