Tim Michels has now put more than $11.9 million of his own money into his bid to win the GOP nomination to face Dem Tony Evers, according to his latest filings.

Michels, who has capped individual donations at $500, gave his campaign $2.78 million in the pre-primary period, which covers July 1-25. That accounted for almost all of the nearly $2.8 million he reported in receipts for that span.

He also spent nearly $3 million and had $153,161 left in his account to close the period.

Candidates are required to report donations of $1,000 or more during the two weeks between the close of a reporting period and an election. Michels has reported giving his campaign another $1.25 million after the pre-primary period closed. That pushed his personal commitment to more than $11.9 million.

Meanwhile, GOP rival Rebecca Kleefisch reported $458,933 in receipts during the pre-primary period.

Kleefisch spent nearly $2.6 million during the period and finished with $644,762 in the bank.

Kleefisch’s largest donations during the period included: $20,000 from Cynthia Harris, a Brookfield retiree; $17,500 from John Peck, a Dallas, Texas, retiree; and $17,450 from Kristin Krause, a Rhinelander retiree.

She also reported a $10,000 donation from Madison businessman Eric Hovde, who had considered running for guv this year before opting against a run.

Kleefisch has also reported $77,600 in contributions of $1,000 or more since the close of the reporting period.

Evers, meanwhile, reported more than $1 million in receipts for the pre-primary period, nearly $1.2 million in expenses and nearly $7.6 million in the bank.

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