PHOENIX, AZ - Yesterday the Aaron Lieberman campaign announced that it had raised more than $1,000,000 at the end of 2021. This figure represents a substantial increase from where the eventual 2018 Democratic nominee was at the same time in the previous gubernatorial race. At this same point in 2018, the eventual nominee had raised $297k. Eight years ago, Fred Duval, the eventual Democrat nominee in that cycle, had raised $580k. Lieberman self-funded $150,000 to his campaign, helping it finish 2021 at $1.16 million. By comparison, the Lopez campaign posted a million dollars raised but a closer look reveals that $235k was self-funded and only $765,000 was raised from outside donors. This means the Lieberman campaign outraised the Lopez campaign by nearly $250,000 despite Lopez having a four-month head start.
"Only one candidate has actually raised $1MM in this race. It is evident that the Lopez team raised roughly $770k and self-funded over $230k to get over the $1MM mark,” said Miguel Medrano, campaign manager for the Lieberman campaign, “By contrast, Aaron Lieberman raised $1MM from donors without his self-funding number. Despite a later start than the rest of the candidates, Lieberman was able to raise $1MM from just individual contributors alone. That speaks to the broad coalition of excited supporters in Arizona who want to see him as our next governor.”
Coverage Highlights from Yesterday Include:
Arizona Republic - Stacey Barchenger: Lieberman, a former state representative and Paradise Valley Democrat also seeking the nomination, said that he had raised over $1.16 million in 2021, including $350,000 — roughly a third of the total — in December alone. Lieberman previously said he had raised $250,000 in the first 48 hours of his campaign after launching in late June.
Arizona Republic - Elvia Díaz: If the Arizona Democratic Party truly believes Hobbs is the only viable gubernatorial contender then it has done a miserable job grooming Arizonans for that position. López and Lieberman just proved they can be competitive fundraisers – an important step toward viable candidacies. In contrast, the last Democratic nominee for Arizona governor, David García, had merely raised $846,104 by summer of the 2018 election year against Ducey. And we know how that ended for García.
The Arizona Mirror - Jeremy Duda: Lieberman’s campaign manager, Miguel Medrano, said in a press release that the $1.16 million he raised is a record-setting amount for a Democratic gubernatorial candidate in a non-election year [...] The 2022 gubernatorial campaigns on both sides of the political aisle began earlier than most candidates in prior years, with Lopez launching his campaign in March, and Hobbs and Lieberman beginning their campaigns in June. According to online campaign finance records from the Secretary of State’s Office, the most a Democratic gubernatorial campaign had raised in the year before an election going back to 2002, the first year those records are available, was the $803,000 that Fred DuVal raised in 2013.
Aaron Lieberman is a former state representative for Legislative District 28 and a social entrepreneur. He is a candidate for governor of Arizona. After seeing first-hand the effectiveness and success of early childhood intervention programs, Aaron launched Jumpstart, a national nonprofit to ensure all children had the opportunity to enter kindergarten prepared to succeed. To date, more than 50,000 college students have served, working with more than 100,000 children and earning over $200 million in scholarships through AmeriCorps. Later, he founded Acelero Learning to close the achievement gap for Head Start children. Impacting over 40,000 kids every day, children enrolled in Acelero’s programs make gains at nearly three times the national average. Aaron was born and raised in Arizona. He and his wife live in Phoenix, where they’re raising their two sons. Aaron’s daughter is studying history at Yale, his alma mater.
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