Michigan Campaign Finance Network

News from MCFN: 07/16/2010

State candidates for U.S. House have raised $20.3M

Lansing – Michigan candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives raised $20.3 million this election cycle, as of June 30th, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Freshman Democratic Reps. Gary Peters (9th District) and Mark Schauer (7th District) are the leading fundraisers so far this cycle, with $2,318,984 and $2,279,919, respectively. Republican Rep. Dave Camp (4th District) ranks third, with $1,785,323.

Competitive Republican primaries for open seats in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Districts, as well as those to win the right to challenge Schauer and Peters, have spurred aggressive fundraising and significant levels of borrowing. Thirteen non-incumbent Republicans have raised more than $100,000, and six have campaign debt of more than $100,000.

Among Democratic primaries, only the 13th District in Detroit shows signs of competitiveness. In the 13th District, incumbent Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick has raised $509,000 and holds $272,000 in cash on hand. Challengers John Broad and state Sen. Hansen Clarke have raised more than $100,000 each, but each has only a fraction of Kilpatrick’s cash balance.

The Michigan Campaign Finance Network (MCFN) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that conducts research and public education on money in Michigan politics.

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