By THE MICHIGAN CAMPAIGN FINANCE NETWORK
LANSING (April 16, 2019) — After the most expensive U.S. House races in Michigan history in 2018, the winners have already set out on a fast fundraising pace for 2020.
Michigan's 14 U.S. House members combined to raise $3.2 million over the first three months of 2019, according to campaign finance disclosures that were due to the Federal Election Commission on Monday.
On average, the 14 lawmakers’ campaigns combined to bring in about $36,262 per day, according to the disclosures.
About $1.1 million of the fundraising total came from political action committees (PACs), and some of the biggest fundraisers received most of their dollars from out-of-state donors.
The two House members who reported raising the most money were the same two who won the most expensive U.S. House races in Michigan during the 2018 cycle. Both of their seats are expected to be competitive again in 2020.
Last year’s race in Southeast Michigan's 11th District attracted about $19 million overall, according to the Michigan Campaign Finance Network’s analysis (primary and general election candidate fundraising and spending by groups acting outside of the campaigns).
Rep. Haley Stevens, a Democrat from Rochester Hills, ended up winning the seat with 51.8 percent of the vote over Republican Lena Epstein, who received 45.1 percent.
Over the first three months of 2019, Stevens reported $575,637 in total receipts for her campaign.
Stevens narrowly out-raised Rep. Elissa Slotkin, a Democrat from Holly. Slotkin won the 8th District seat in 2018, which was the most expensive U.S. House race in Michigan history at about $28 million. The 8th District reaches from Oakland County to Ingham County.
Slotkin defeated incumbent Rep. Mike Bishop. She received 50.6 percent of the vote while Bishop got 46.7 percent.
Over the first three months of the year, Slotkin's campaign reported $539,065 in total receipts. Over the same period before the 2018 election, Bishop, then the 8th District’s representative, raised just $151,251.
According to their disclosures, both Slotkin and Stevens received a majority of their money from out-of-state donors, political action committees (PACs) or individuals listing out-of-state addresses.
After Slotkin and Stevens, the Michigan U.S. House members who raised the most money were Rep. Tim Walberg, a Republican from Tipton, who raised $367,716. Rep. Fred Upton, a Republican from St. Joseph, who raised $323,377, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat from Detroit, who raised $316,720.
All five of the lawmakers — Stevens, Slotkin, Walberg, Upton and Tlaib — raised more money over the first three months of 2019 than the lawmakers who held their seats in 2017 raised over the first three months of that year.
For example, Upton reported raising just $189,614 over the first three months of 2017. Upton won re-election in 2018 with 50.2 percent of the vote over Democrat Matt Longjohn, who received 45.6 percent.
Of Michigan’s U.S. House members, Upton reported receiving the most money from political committees, including PACs, over the first three months of the year: $179,000. PACs can give up to $5,000 per election to a federal candidate, a total of $10,000 across the primary and general elections.