Michigan Democratic candidates have spent $2.46 million more than Republicans

In Michigan, state-level candidates spent $22.83 million between Jan. 1, 2021, and Apr. 20, 2022. Democratic candidates spent $12.43 million and Republican candidates spent $9.97 million. 

Michigan Campaign Finance Snapshot (1/1/2021 – 4/20/2022)

Source: Transparency USA

Top 10 Democratic candidates, by expenditures (1/1/2021 – 4/20/2022)

In the 2022 election cycle, 158 state-level Democrats have filed campaign finance reports with the Michigan Secretary of State. Here are the 10 Democratic candidates who have spent the most.

RankDemocratic CandidateTotal Spent
1.Gretchen Whitmer$8,625,119.83
2.Dana Nessel$389,381.57
3.Donna Lasinski$231,734.78
4.Stephanie Chang$182,987.69
5.Jocelyn Benson$176,057.21
6.Jim Ananich$174,453.65
7.Winnie Brinks$157,361.48
8.Sarah Anthony$155,630.27
9.Curtis Hertel Jr$129,861.78
10.Angela Witwer$109,643.95

Top 10 Republican candidates, by expenditures (1/1/2021 – 4/20/2022)

During the same time period, 181 Republicans have filed campaign finance reports with the Michigan Secretary of State. These are the 10 Republican candidates with the highest reported expenditures for the 2022 election cycle so far.

RankRepublican CandidateTotal Spent
1.James Craig$1,352,240.63
2.Garrett Soldano$1,139,452.04
3.Kevin Rinke$537,177.93
4.Jason Wentworth$526,953.88
5.Tudor Dixon$408,932.00
6.Mark Huizenga$314,943.85
7.Aric Nesbitt$267,150.97
8.Thomas Albert$244,889.25
9.Ralph Rebandt$235,640.93
10.Jim Marleau$233,750.96

In some states, officeholders may make expenditures from their campaign accounts when they are not up for election. Those expenditures are included in candidate campaign finance numbers.

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Michigan candidate 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

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.

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Kalyn Stralow