LANSING - Michigan's U.S. representatives raised $3.6 million in the third quarter of 2013, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. That figure is down by 20 percent compared with the second quarter of 2013.
Rep. Gary Peters, an announced Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Sen. Carl Levin, was the top fundraiser among the Michigan delegation at $1,032,411. Freshman Rep. Kerry Bentivolio raised the least at $60,207.
Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp raised the second highest total, $454,256, and his campaign committee has $3.2 million in cash on hand. Following Rep. Camp was Rep. Dan Benishek, whose First District seat is Michigan's most competitive, with $308,686. He was followed by Ways and Means ranking member, Rep. Sander Levin, at $283,844; Commerce and Energy Chairman Fred Upton: $273,348; and Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers: $259,917.
Ten challengers for U.S. House seats reported raising $1,169,708 in the second quarter. Republican David Trott, who is challenging Bentivolio in the 11th District primary, raised more than half that amount: $647,719. Former state representative Pam Byrnes, a Democrat running to oppose Rep. Tim Walberg in the 7th District, was second among the challengers: $188,648.
Former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Land, who is a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate seat, has been reported to have raised $1 million and contributed another $1 million to her campaign committee. No records of her fundraising are available yet through the Federal Election Commission (fec.gov) or the Center for Responsive Politics (opensecrets.org).
Summaries of fundraising by Michigan's U.S. House members and challengers are attached to this news release. Two other Michiganders have filed as candidates but have no campaign finance records available yet. They are Anil Kumar, Democratic candidate for the 11th District, and Vincent Gregory, Democratic candidate for the 14th District.