Republicans outraise Democrats by 65% in Michigan House races

Campaign finance requirements govern how much money candidates may receive from individuals and organizations, how often they must report those contributions, and how much individuals, organizations, and political entities may contribute to campaigns.

While campaign finance is not the only factor in electoral outcomes, successful fundraising can provide a candidate with advantages during a campaign. Fundraising can also indicate party momentum.

This article lists top fundraisers in the Michigan House of Representatives, overall and by party. It is based on campaign finance reports that officeholders in and candidates for the House submitted to the Michigan Secretary of State. It includes activity between January 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021.

Top fundraisers in the Michigan House of Representatives by party

The top fundraisers in Michigan House of Representatives elections are shown below. Individuals are presented with the office that they are on the ballot for in 2022, if applicable.

In the Democratic Party, the top fundraisers were:

  • Donna Lasinski – $264,411
  • Sarah Anthony – $139,285
  • Angela Witwer – $115,679
  • Noah Arbit (District 20) – $109,803
  • Jason Morgan (District 53) – $90,308

In the Republican Party, the top fundraisers were:

  • Jason Wentworth – $601,900
  • Matt Hall – $431,481
  • Ryan Berman – $333,960
  • Roger Hauck – $221,875
  • TC Clements – $181,415

Fundraising totals

Overall, Democratic officeholders and candidates raised $2.31 million in this period. Republican officeholders and candidates raised $4.51 million. Combined, all House fundraisers in the January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021, filing period raised $6.81 million.

The five largest Democratic fundraisers were responsible for 31 percent of all Democratic House fundraising. The five largest Republican fundraisers were responsible for 39 percent of all Republican House fundraising.

The table below provides additional data from the campaign finance reports from the top ten fundraisers during this period.

TOP TEN FUNDRAISERS – MICHIGAN HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021)

NameParty AffiliationRaisedSpent
Jason WentworthRepublican Party$601,900$369,916
Matt HallRepublican Party$431,481$148,730
Ryan BermanRepublican Party$333,960$139,077
Donna LasinskiDemocratic Party$264,411$196,380
Roger HauckRepublican Party$221,875$154,095
TC ClementsRepublican Party$181,415$112,135
Annette GlennRepublican Party$142,245$86,761
Sarah AnthonyDemocratic Party$139,285$155,121
Pamela HornbergerRepublican Party$125,311$133,501
Bronna KahleRepublican Party$122,610$104,828

Campaign finance reporting periods

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that candidate PACs submitted to the Michigan Secretary of State. Candidate PACs represent individuals who have run for state or local office at any point, including past and present officeholders. This article does not include non-candidate PACs. In 2022, Transparency USA will publish campaign finance data after the following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

Report NameReport Due Date
2022 Annual/January1/31/2022
2022 April (PACs)4/25/2022
2022 July (PACs)7/25/2022
2022 Post-Primary9/1/2022
2022 Pre-General10/28/2023
2022 Post-General12/8/2022

This article is a joint publication from Ballotpedia and Transparency USA, who are working together to provide campaign finance information for state-level elections. Learn more about our work here.