AUGUSTA – The Janet Mills for Governor Campaign announced today that it has raised $4.8 million for reelection to date, including $993,400 during the July 20, 2022 through September 20, 2022 post-primary fundraising period. The campaign has $1.446 million cash on hand. During this reporting period, the campaign received 9,816 contributions from 7,437 donors. The individual average gift for this period was $99.
Alexandra Raposo, Campaign Manager for the Janet Mills for Governor Campaign issued the following statement:
“Our strong fundraising continues to demonstrate that Maine people believe in Janet, her leadership, and her vision for Maine – but we are taking nothing for granted. As we close in on the final stretch of the campaign, we are proud of the tremendous support we have from across the state, but Janet will continue to work hard every day to earn the trust and votes of Maine people.
“In her first term, Janet brought together Democrats, Republicans and Independents to strengthen our economy, expand access to health care, deliver $850 in inflation relief, invest in public education, and preserve our lands and waters. But she knows there is more work left to do. From helping with high costs to addressing our workforce shortage and our lack of child care, housing, and broadband, Janet is determined to tackle our challenges, to build on the progress we have made, and to move Maine forward. She won’t stop fighting to improve the lives and livelihoods of Maine people.”
In the past three and a half years, Governor Mills has led Maine through a public health crisis and a strong economic recovery, achieving some of the best results in the nation.
According to Maine’s Department of Economic and Community Development, Maine’s GDP – a measure of economic growth – has grown the 11th fastest in the nation over the past three years under Governor Mills, exceeding the nation’s economic growth and far surpassing economic growth under Paul LePage. Maine’s unemployment rate has also fallen to 2.8 percent, the lowest in two years, putting it below the U.S. and New England unemployment rates. Maine’s population grew at the fastest rate in New England last year and seventh fastest in the nation.
Maine’s credit ratings were reaffirmed during the pandemic, and Maine’s Rainy Day Fund is at its highest level ever. Maine was also in the top ten of states (and the only Democratic-led state) in responding to the pandemic, according to a study written by conservative economists.
The Mills Administration, working in a bipartisan manner with the Legislature, has made historic progress on behalf of Maine, including:
- Delivering one of the strongest relief proposals in the country to help with rising costs, sending back more than half of Maine’s surplus to taxpayers through $850 relief checks
- Expanding health care to more than 95,000 Maine people
- Fully funding Maine schools for the first time in history
- Raising the minimum teacher salary
- Providing free Community College to pandemic impacted students
- Delivering an income tax cut to Maine retirees and tax relief to Maine people
- Conserving working lands and waters through a reinvigorated Land for Maine’s Future Program
- Connecting thousands of homes and businesses to high-speed internet by expanding broadband
- Fighting the climate crisis through the Maine Climate Council
- Combatting property tax increases by fully restoring Municipal Revenue Sharing
- Enacting balanced budgets that did not increase taxes and returned money to Maine people
- Increasing the Budget Stabilization Fund to a record high nearly $900 million dollars
- Spearheading the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan to strengthen Maine’s economy and solving the state’s long standing workforce shortage
- And so many more.