The following summarizes Michigan’s state and federal candidates’ fundraising through pre-general campaign finance reports:
The gubernatorial campaign has captured the greatest share of attention and money. Republican challenger Dick DeVos’s campaign has raised $41.5 million, including $34.7 million of his own money. Incumbent Democrat Jennifer Granholm has raised $15.1 million.
Incumbent Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land and incumbent attorney general Mike Cox have wide fundraising advantages over their respective challengers, Carmella Sabaugh and Amos Williams. Land has raised $1.2 million compared to Sabaugh’s $163,000. Cox has raised $1.9 million while Williams has raised $703,000.
Incumbent Supreme Court Justices Maura Corrigan and Michael Cavanaugh have dominated fundraising in their race against challengers Jane Beckering, Marc Shulman and Kerry Morgan. Corrigan has raised $660,000, Cavanaugh has raised $312,000 and Beckering leads the challengers with $24,000.
Incumbent Eileen Weiser is the leading fundraiser among candidates for the State Board of Education with $288,000.
Two Republicans are the top fundraisers in the race for two seats on the University of Michigan Board of Regents. Challenger Susan Brown has raised $224,000 and incumbent David Brandon has raised $192,000. Incumbent Democrat Kathy White is next with $53,000.
Former MSU football coach George Perles, a Democrat, is the top fundraiser in the contest for two seats on the Michigan State University’s Board of Trustees with $147,000. He is followed by another Democratic challenger, Faylene Owen, with $91,000. Incumbent Republican Dave Porteous has raised $44,000 and incumbent Republican Dee Cook has filed for a waiver.
Democrats Debbie Dingell and Eugene Driker are the only candidates for Wayne State University Board of Governors who report having raised money: $64,000 and $37,000, respectively.
In total, the statewide candidates have raised $62,820,000, two-thirds of which is Mr. DeVos’s campaign.
There are 247 candidates running for the 110 seats in the Michigan House: 110 Democrats, 105 Republicans, 12 Libertarians, 10 U.S. Taxpayers, four Greens and six with no party affiliation. Thirty-two candidates have filed for waivers, indicating that they do not intend to raise or spend as much as $1,000.
There are 47 incumbent Republicans, 34 incumbent Democrats and 29 open seats. The incumbent Republicans have raised $4,522,478. Of their 47 Democratic challengers, 13 have filed for waivers and the other 34 have raised 1,567,695.
The 34 incumbent Democrats have raised $2,121,199. There are Republican challengers for 31 of those seats. Thirteen of the Republican challengers filed for waivers and the other 18 raised $592,190.
There are 21 Republican contestants for the open seats (six waivers) and 29 Democrats (two waivers). The Republicans have raised $1,413,176, and the Democrats have raised $1,593,926.
Overall, the 110 Democrats have raised $5,282,820. The 105 Republicans have raised $6,527,844. Two Greens reported raising $8,122 and five of the unaffiliated candidates reported raising $5,576. The rest on the minor party candidates filed for waivers.
There are 95 candidates running for the 38 seats in the Michigan Senate: 38 Democrats, 38 Republicans, 12 Libertarians, two U.S. Taxpayers and five Greens. Thirty-two candidates have filed for waivers, indicating that they do not intend to raise or spend as much as $1,000.
There are 18 incumbent Republicans, 14 incumbent Democrats and six open seats. The incumbent Republicans have raised $5,773,981. Five of their Democratic challengers have filed for waivers and the other 13 have raised 1,373072.
The 14 incumbent Democrats have raised $2,336,716. Nine of the Republican challengers filed for waivers and the other five raised $143,078.
The six Republican contestants for the open have raised $1,804,916, and the Democrats have raised $1,527990.
Overall, the 38 Democrats have raised $5,236,778 and the 38 Republicans have raised $7,721,975. One Libertarian reported raising $2,484 and the rest on the minor party candidates filed for waivers.
Incumbents have a wide advantage in fundraising for all Michigan’s congressional seats that are up for election. Sen. Debbie Stabenow has raised $8,835,000 compared to challenger Michael Bouchard’s $5,128,000. The closest fundraising contest among U.S. House contestants is in the 8th District where incumbent Republican Mike Rogers has raised $1,434,000 and Democratic challenger Jim Marcinkowski has raised $474,000. Overall, U.S. House candidates have raised $15,603,000.