By MICHIGAN CAMPAIGN FINANCE NETWORK
LANSING (July 16, 2019) — Michigan’s 2018 U.S. House races attracted more money than ever before. Now, ahead of 2020, the incumbents appear to be preparing to break financial records again.
The 14 lawmakers who represent Michigan in the U.S. House reported raising $4.1 million from April 1, 2019, through June 30, 2019, according to new disclosures due on Monday. That’s an average of about $45,500 per day.
The total is up 78 percent compared to what previous incumbents raised over the same period ahead of the 2018 election: $2.3 million.
A full breakdown of the new fundraising disclosures from Michigan’s congressional delegation and 2020 candidates is available here. It includes information on how much they’ve raised from individuals, large donors and political action committees (PACs).
One U.S. House member, Rep. Dan Kildee, a Democrat from Flint Township, raised 78 percent of his money from political committees. Another Rep. Justin Amash, formerly a Republican from Cascade Township now running as an independent, raised less than 1 percent of his money from political committees.
In 2017, the U.S. House member from Michigan who raised the most money from the beginning of April through the end of June was Rep. Fred Upton, a St. Joseph Republican who represents the 6th District. He raised $360,342 over that period in 2017.
In 2019, three U.S. House members from Michigan raised more than that total over the same period Upton was one of them. The others were Rep. Haley Stevens, a Rochester Democrat who represents the 11th District, and Rep. Elissa Slotkin, a Holly Democrat who represents the 8th District.
Stevens and Slotkin each reported raising more than $700,000 over the three-month period. Both lawmakers flipped seats that were held by Republicans in 2018 and are expecting to have to work hard to keep their seats in 2020.
Stevens raised the most money of Michigan’s U.S. House members from April through June 2019. Her campaign reported bringing in $735,872.
About 30 percent of her money ($225,063) came from PACs and other political committees. About 65 percent ($479,762) came from individual donors. She reported having $1.0 million still available at the end of June 2019.
Slotkin, who doesn’t take money from PACs tied to corporations, raised $734,407 from April through June 2019. Of her fundraising total, 76 percent of the money ($561,431) came from individuals.
Slotkin’s campaign reported having $1.0 million available at the end of June. The previous incumbent, former Rep. Mike Bishop, a Republican defeated by Slotkin in 2018, had just $402,352 available at the same point ahead of 2018.
Among incumbent Republicans in Michigan, Upton may be in the most danger. He won his 2018 race by less than 5 percent of the vote. He reported raising $361,178 from April through June 2019. About 65 percent ($235,958) of the money came from PACs or other political committees.
State Rep. Jon Hoadley, a Democrat from Kalamazoo, has already formed a campaign committee to challenge Upton. Hoadley reported raising $315,847 over the three-month period.
So far, Hoadley’s campaign has been heavily funded by individuals (about 97 percent of its money came from individual donors). And about 47 percent ($148,601) came from individuals giving at least $1,000.
In 2018, Amash was re-elected as a Republican. Since then, he has spoken out again the Republican president and said he plans to run as an independent for re-election.
Over the three-month period since the beginning of April, his campaign raised $177,053, which is more than it raised over the same three-month period in 2017 ($114,667). Almost all of Amash’s new fundraising total for 2019 came from individual donors.
Numerous challengers, including both Democrats and Republicans, are lining up to take on Amash in 2020. Some had to file disclosures on Monday. Some didn’t because they announced their campaigns after the close of the fundraising period.
Among those who did file reports were state Rep. Jim Lower, a Republican from Greenville, and Democrat Nick Colvin, an attorney who's originally from Ionia. Lower reported raising $200,546 by the end of June. Colvin reported raising $121,261.
Michigan’s U.S. Senate candidates also had to turn in their new fundraising disclosures by the end of the day Monday.
Incumbent U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, a Democrat from Bloomfield Township, reported raising $2.4 million from the beginning of April through the end of June. About 21 percent ($519,757) came from PACs or political committees. About 69 percent ($1.6 million) came from individual donors. About 43 percent ($1.0 million) came from individual donors who’ve given Peters at least $1,000 this election cycle.
Peters reported having $4.7 million available at the end of June.
Republican challenger John James, a businessman from Farmington Hills, raised $1.5 million during the disclosure period. About 10 percent ($149,600) came from PACs or other political committees. About 90 percent ($1.3 million) came from individual donors. About 49 percent ($745,483) came from individual donors giving at least $1,000.
James reported having $1.7 million available at the end of June.