Convention nominees report campaign finances

LANSING – Post-convention campaign finance reports filed by the major party nominees for statewide offices show one very close money-race and two races where there are wide disparities between candidates.

Democrat Jocelyn Benson and Republican Ruth Johnson have nearly identical fund balances of $430,000 heading into the home stretch in the race for secretary of state. Benson, who secured her party’s nomination at its spring endorsement convention, has been supported by almost 3,400 contributions. Johnson, who won her party’s nomination on the second ballot of a spirited five-way contest, is heavily self-funded, so far. Johnson has loaned her campaign almost $355,000, more than 70 percent of its receipts.

Republican Bill Schuette has a 63 percent advantage in fund balance, $426,000 to $261,000, over his Democratic rival David Leyton in the attorney general contest. Schuette has raised more than $1.2 million, while Leyton has raised just more than $408,000.

In the Supreme Court campaign, incumbent Justice Robert Young has raised $520,000 and has $432,000 in cash on hand to lead the Supreme Court fund-raising race. He is followed by newly-appointed Justice Alton Thomas Davis, who has raised $194,000 and has $191,000 on hand. Following Davis are Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Mary Beth Kelly, with $77,000 on hand, and Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Denise Langford Morris, with $22,000 on hand.

Summary tables are attached to this release that include each candidate’s top ten contributors. The lists were compiled by the Michigan Campaign Finance Network from post-convention campaign finance reports filed with the Michigan Bureau of Elections.

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