LANSING - Michigan's candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives raised $6.1 million in the 3rd quarter of 2014 according to reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission yesterday. That brings the fundraising total for active candidates to $26.45 million for the election cycle, through September 30th.
At this point in the 2012 election cycle, candidates had raised $26.1 million; $4.6 million in the 3rd quarter.
In 2010, the last election cycle under old district lines with 15 U.S. House seats, corresponding totals were $25.4 million; $7.5 million in the 3rd quarter.
The most competitive race as measured by fundraising is the 7th District, where Republican incumbent Rep. Tim Walberg has raised $1,686,887 and Democratic challenger Pam Byrnes has raised $1,193,508.
David Trott, Republican candidate for the 11th District, has the highest fundraising total among Michigan's candidates with $4,616,954. Of that total, $3,173,401 (68.7%) is self-funding.
Rep. Justin Amash has raised the most money from individual donors: $1,647,153. That amount is 92.4 percent of Rep. Amash's fundraising total this cycle - a remarkably high percentage for an incumbent member of Congress.
The leading fundraiser from Michigan's congressional delegation last cycle was retiring Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp. He had taken in $4.2 million at this point last cycle.
Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton is the leading fundraiser among incumbents this cycle with $2.99 million.
There are 24 additional minor-party and unaffiliated candidates who will appear on the November 4th ballot who have not filed campaign finance reports with the F.E.C.
This release has been corrected to include updated records for John Moolenaar.