By CRAIG MAUGER
Michigan Campaign Finance Network
Attorney General Bill Schuette and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley — two Republicans facing term limits in their current positions — raised more money in their candidate committees than other candidates for state office in the last months of 2015.
Schuette reported raising $230,623 in the most recent reporting period while Calley reported raising $228,500. Those were the largest numbers posted by any candidate committee, according to Secretary of State data.
The fundraising totals of Schuette and Calley were each about three times larger than the third-place finisher, Rep. Gary Glenn (R-Midland), according to the data.
Glenn, who represents the 98th House District, reported raising $76,100 during the period.
The period generally went from Oct. 21, 2015, until Dec. 31, 2015. Campaign finance disclosures for the period were due to the Secretary of State on Monday.
Schuette and Calley are both considered potential Republican candidates for governor in 2018. And according to the state’s candidate manual, they’d both be allowed to transfer funds from their current candidate committees to others they could start for other offices in the future.
Schuette’s largest contributor during the last reporting period was the Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, which gave $15,000.
He also received 14 maximum donations from individuals at $6,800 each. Among those donors were the following: James Nicholson, chairman of PVS Chemicals Inc.; Manual J. Maroun, CEO of Centra Inc.; Matthew T. Maroun, vice chairman of Centra Inc.; Ronnie J. Boji, president of the Boji Group LLC; and Todd A. Wyett, CEO of Versa Development.
The Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association was also the biggest donor to Calley, giving him $15,000 during the period.
Calley had three donors who gave him maximum individual contributions of $6,800. They were the following: Dan DeVos, CEO of DP Fox Ventures; Pam DeVos, president of Pamella Roland; and Karen DeBlaay, president of the Fred L. Hansen Corp.
Above right is a PDF list of the top 50 candidate committees in terms of fundraising for the last reporting period of 2015. Below is an image of the top 10 list, based on Secretary of State data.
A separate list on political action committees will debut in the near future.
* Photo credit: The photos of Bill Schuette and Brian Calley come from www.michigan.gov