State House candidates have raised $9.7M

Total is up by 17.4%

LANSING - Candidates for the Michigan House of Representatives raised $9,657,667 by July 22nd when they closed books on their pre-primary election reports.

That total is up by 17.4 percent compared to the comparable point in the 2010 election cycle, and it is up by 14.6 percent compared to 2008. State House fundraising is normally more robust in presidential election years because the House candidates are not competing for contributions with state Senate candidates or candidates for the constitutional executive positions.

Data were compiled by the Michigan Campaign Finance Network from reports filed with the Michigan Department of State.

Republicans are ahead of their Democratic counterparts in the fundraising race. Republicans have raised $5,612,165, while Democrats have raised $4,021,186.

The House Districts where the most money has been raised so far are:

• The 40th District, in the Birmingham-Bloomfield area, where three largely self-funded Republicans are engaged in a primary to compete for an open House seat: $446,553.

• The 52nd District, including western Washtenaw County, where Republican incumbent Mark Ouimet is unchallenged in the primary and preparing to face Democrat Gretchen Driskell in the general election: $325,159.

• The 39th District, including West Bloomfield and Commerce Township, where five well-funded Republicans are engaged in competitive primary to compete for an open House seat in November: $295,191.

• The 93rd District, with its center in Clinton County, where three well-funded Republicans are engaged in a high-dollar primary to compete for an open seat in November: $263,156.

• The 69th District, featuring East Lansing and Meridian Township, where Democrats Sam Singh and Susan Schmidt are engaged in a competitive primary to compete for an open seat in November: $250,793.

• The 63rd District, where Speaker Jase Bolger is the only candidate who has raised money: $219,230.

• The 6th District in Detroit, where incumbent Democrats Rashida Tlaib and Maureen Stapleton are competing: $210,084.

• The 103rd District, a five-county district around Grayling, where Democratic challenger Lon Johnson has amassed a significant financial advantage over incumbent Republican Bruce Rendon: $206,898.

• The 91st District, where incumbent Republican Holly Hughes of Montague is preparing for a general election challenge by Democrat Collene Lamonte, also of Montague: $205,888.

• The 71st District, where three competitively-funded Democrats are seeking to move on and challenge incumbent Republican Deb Shaughnessy of Charlotte: $176,657.

• The 57th District, where Democrats Jim Berryman and Harvey Schmidt are competing to challenge Republican incumbent Nancy Jenkins of Clayton: $159,228.

Contributions in the accompanying table include in-kind contributions to the candidates. Beginning balances and fund balances shown are as reported by the candidates.

There are numerous shortcomings in the candidates' reports: Some new committees begin with non-zero beginning balances; frequently, the end balance from a report is changed when it appears as a beginning balance in a subsequent report; some reports show negative balances but no debt.

"It's a little scary that some of the candidates who want to write a $45 billion budget for the State of Michigan are so inept at filing these reports," said Rich Robinson of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network.

Seventy-two candidates filed for a reporting waiver, which means they do not intend to raise or spend more than $1,000. Twenty-eight candidates who did not request a reporting waiver have failed to file any report thus far.

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