Michigan Democratic candidates have spent $18.7 million more than Republicans

In Michigan, state-level candidates have spent $157.4 million between Jan. 1, 2021, and Oct. 23, 2022. Democratic candidates have spent $84.6 million and Republican candidates have spent $65.9 million. 

Michigan Campaign Finance Snapshot (1/1/2021 – 10/23/2022)

Top 10 Democratic candidates, by expenditures (1/1/2021 – 10/23/2022)

In the 2022 election cycle, 307 state-level Democrats have filed campaign finance reports with the Michigan Bureau of Elections. Here are the 10 Democratic candidates who have spent the most.

RankDemocratic CandidateTotal spent
1.Gretchen Whitmer$48,011,305.14
2.Jocelyn Benson$6,154,826.08
3.Dana Nessel$5,053,215.01
4.Darrin Camilleri$1,223,308.21
5.Sam Singh$922,908.04
6.Kevin Hertel$896,987.73
7.Padma Kuppa$838,831.88
8.Kristen Rivet$835,095.06
9.David LaGrand$818,854.52
10.Veronica Klinefelt$797,216.52

Top 10 Republican candidates, by expenditures (1/1/2021 – 10/23/2022)

During the same time period, 325 Republicans have filed campaign finance reports with the Michigan Bureau of Elections. These are the 10 Republican candidates with the highest reported contributions for the 2022 election cycle so far.

RankRepublican CandidateTotal spent
1.Perry Johnson$14,070,179.32
2.Kevin Rinke$10,487,714.12
3.Tudor Dixon$3,839,923.40
4.James Craig$3,535,425.97
5.Garrett Soldano$3,041,362.75
6.Jason Wentworth$1,978,004.94
7.Matt Hall$1,460,753.25
8.Aric Nesbitt$1,363,959.97
9.Kristina Karamo$992,430.73
10.Matthew DePerno$948,509.48

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 Bureau of Elections. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

StateReport NameDue Date
MI2022 Annual/January1/31/2022
MI2022 April (PACs)4/25/2022
MI2022 July (PACs)7/25/2022
MI2022 Post-Primary9/1/2022
MI2022 Pre-General10/28/2022
MI2022 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.