Michigan Speaker Wentworth raises $601,900 this election cycle

According to the most recent campaign finance reports made to the Michigan Secretary of State, Michigan House Speaker Jason Wentworth has raised $601,900 and spent $369,916 between Jan. 1, 2021 and Dec. 31, 2021. Wentworth is the number eight fundraiser in state politics in the 2022 election cycle so far.

The speaker of the Michigan House is the leader of the state’s lower chamber. Rep. Wentworth is a member of the Republican Party and has served as a state representative since 2017. Rep. Wentworth’s current term ends in 2023.

Rep. Wentworth’s reported campaign finance activity, by quarter (2017-2021)

Source: Transparency USA

Contributions to Rep. Wentworth

Of the $601,900 already reported in the 2022 election cycle, 34.1 percent came from the top 10 donors.

Top Donors to Wentworth (1/1/2021 – 12/31/2021)

RankDonor Name Total AmountType
1.$40,000.00Main Street PACEntity
2.$25,500.00Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers State PACEntity
3.$25,000.00John Kennedy IIIIndividual
4.$20,000.00Michigan Association of Health Plans PACEntity
5.$20,000.00Republican State Leadership Committee – FederalEntity
6.$15,000.00Dte Energy Company PACEntity
7.$15,000.00Health Care Association of Michigan PACEntity
8.$15,000.00Meijer PACEntity
9.$15,000.00Michael CottonIndividual
10.$15,000.00Michigan Laborers Political LeagueEntity

Expenditures by Rep. Wentworth

On the expenditures side, Wentworth reported $369,916, with 74.7 percent of all spending going to the 10 payees topping this list. 

Top Expenditures by Wentworth (1/1/2021 – 12/31/2021)

RankPayee Name Total AmountType
1.$125,925.00House Republican Campaign CommitteeEntity
2.$41,975.00Senate Republican Campaign CommitteeEntity
3.$30,000.00Tom LeonardEntity
4.$17,500.00Grow Michigan PACEntity
5.$15,000.00Roger HauckEntity
6.$12,500.00Pamela HornbergerEntity
7.$10,000.00Building Experience Now PAC (Ben PAC)Entity
8.$8,500.00Ann BollinEntity
9.$7,500.00Andrew BeelerEntity
10.$7,500.00Bronna KahleEntity

How Rep. Wentworth’s fundraising compares to other state speakers

Among members of the state legislature, fundraising varies widely. A number of factors, including whether an incumbent officeholder is running for re-election, influence donor activity. Here is how fundraising by Wentworth compares to the nine other state speakers with campaign finance data available from Transparency USA for the 2022 election cycle:

Fundraising reported by 10 state speakers in the 2022 election cycle

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Michigan PACs submitted to the Michigan Secretary of State. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data 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.