New candidate fundraising and spending reports may be some of the most consequential campaign finance filings that the state has seen in a long time.
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This was “the most politically consequential campaign finance deadline in Michigan in awhile,” Mauger said on Twitter ahead of the release of the campaign finance reports on Oct. 25. And, he said, the results didn’t disappoint.
“One of the biggest stories was definitely Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s campaign finance haul,” Mauger says. “She raised over $3 million over the last three months, which is a huge amount of money.”
Under normal circumstances, the amount that Whitmer was able to raise exceeds state laws governing campaign finance contribution limits. But, because the governor says she is combating a recall effort, a ruling from the 1980s, Whitmer’s people contend, allows her to raise money above and beyond the usual limits.
The other big story comes from the Republican primary race for governor, Mauger says. On money alone, former Detroit Police Chief James Craig is the front-runner in a crowded race to take on Whitmer next November. While Craig didn’t raise as much money has some hoped he would, he still raised a lot — $1.4 million — which is more than other candidates like Tudor Dixon and Garrett Soldano.
Today is the most politically consequential campaign finance deadline in Michigan in a while: pic.twitter.com/KLqn1ADMoy— Craig Mauger (@CraigDMauger) October 25, 2021
It’s that race for GOP nominee that led Mauger to say this is the most consequential deadline in awhile.
“We have a crop of a bunch of candidates on the Republican side running for governor, running for attorney general, running for secretary of state. They’re all stating their claim that they want to be the GOP nominee,” Mauger says.
“We don’t know how viable a lot of their campaigns are. This campaign finance filing provides a lot of insight into where these candidates are, who’s supporting them, how donors view them, are they able to get a large grassroots amount of support? It just provides a level of insight into these campaigns that we don’t normally get,” he says.
Mauger also discusses his experience being kicked off of a recent Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission meeting, which controversially went into a closed session, as well as the importance of Tuesday’s local elections across Michigan.