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)
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)
|Rank||Donor Name||Total Amount||Type|
|1.||$40,000.00||Main Street PAC||Entity|
|2.||$25,500.00||Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers State PAC||Entity|
|3.||$25,000.00||John Kennedy III||Individual|
|4.||$20,000.00||Michigan Association of Health Plans PAC||Entity|
|5.||$20,000.00||Republican State Leadership Committee – Federal||Entity|
|6.||$15,000.00||Dte Energy Company PAC||Entity|
|7.||$15,000.00||Health Care Association of Michigan PAC||Entity|
|10.||$15,000.00||Michigan Laborers Political League||Entity|
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)
|Rank||Payee Name||Total Amount||Type|
|1.||$125,925.00||House Republican Campaign Committee||Entity|
|2.||$41,975.00||Senate Republican Campaign Committee||Entity|
|4.||$17,500.00||Grow Michigan PAC||Entity|
|7.||$10,000.00||Building Experience Now PAC (Ben PAC)||Entity|
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 Name||Report Due Date|
|2022 April (PACs)||4/25/2022|
|2022 July (PACs)||7/25/2022|
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