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The top 10 Michigan candidates raised 59 percent of all donations

In Michigan politics, state-level candidates and officeholders raised $104.8 million between Jan. 1, 2021, and Aug. 22, 2022. More than $61.7 million, or 59 percent, of all donations reported by candidate committees were raised by the 10 individuals at the top of the list.

Top 10 Michigan candidates (1/1/2021 – 8/22/2022)

Here are the 10 Michigan candidates and officeholders who have raised the most money so far in the 2022 election cycle, according to campaign finance reports submitted to the Michigan Secretary of State:

Rank Candidate/Officeholder Name Total Donations
1 Gretchen Whitmer $26,046,921
2 Kevin Rinke $10,493,219
3 Perry Johnson $7,939,851
4 Jocelyn Benson $3,615,139
5 Dana Nessel $3,404,953
6 James Craig $3,284,082
7 Tudor Dixon $2,363,756
8 Garrett Soldano $2,185,107
9 Jason Wentworth $1,402,350
10 Aric Nesbitt $967,454

The list of Michigan candidates and officeholders includes anyone with a candidate PAC that filed campaign finance reports during this time period, and may include former candidates or current officeholders who are not running in this cycle. PACs not associated with a candidate are not included in the values above.

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Michigan PACs submitted to the Michigan Secretary of State. Political expenditures that are not controlled by candidates or their campaigns, known as satellite spending, are not included in candidate totals. Federal PACs are not required to report to state agencies.

Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports. Data from additional reports due in between the deadlines below are published along with the reports listed here.

Report Name Report Due Date
2022 Annual/January 1/31/2022
2022 April (PACs) 4/25/2022
2022 July (PACs) 7/25/2022
2022 Post-Primary 9/1/2022
2022 Pre-General 10/28/2023
2022 Post-General 12/8/2022

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.



Three candidates running in Michigan’s 7th Congressional District

Incumbent Elissa Slotkin (D), Tom Barrett (R), and Leah Dailey (L) are running in the general election for Michigan’s 7th Congressional District on Nov. 8, 2022.

Michigan’s congressional district boundaries were redrawn after the 2020 census. Slotkin was first elected to represent Michigan’s 8th Congressional District in 2018, defeating incumbent Mike Bishop (R) 50.6% to 46.8%. In 2020, she was one of seven Democrats to win a House district that voted for former President Donald Trump (R) in the 2020 election. In December 2021, Slotkin announced that she would run for re-election in the redrawn 7th District, saying, “This new district contains nearly two-thirds of the population that I currently represent, my current congressional headquarters, and my campaign offices from 2018 and 2020.”

The redrawn 7th District encompasses Clinton, Ingham, Livingston, and Shiawassee counties, most of Eaton County, and parts of Oakland and Genessee counties, as well as Lansing, the state’s capital. According to data from Daily Kos, voters in the redrawn 7th District backed President Joe Biden (D) in the 2020 presidential election over former President Donald Trump (R) 49.4% to 48.9%.

Slotkin said, “After three years of representing this area of Mid-Michigan in Congress, I understand the mandate that families here expect me to prioritize: making daily life more affordable by lowering the cost of prescription drugs and child care; rebuilding Michigan’s manufacturing capacity by creating good-paying American jobs that cannot be outsourced; and not letting China eat our lunch.” On her campaign website, Slotkin said, “I’m running for re-election … because I want to build the next generation of cars and chips here in the U.S.; lower the cost of prescription drugs; fight for the Roe standard to preserve women’s personal freedom; and prevent corporate money from warping the political process.”

Before she was elected to Congress, Slotkin was a Middle East analyst in the CIA and worked in national security under Presidents George W. Bush (R) and Barack Obama (D).

Barrett was elected to represent Michigan Senate District 24 in 2018. Before serving in the Senate, Barrett represented District 71 in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2015 to 2019. Barrett served in the U.S. Army during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom and was a helicopter pilot in the Michigan Army National Guard.

In his response to Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey, Barrett said he was running for Congress “to cut inflation by opposing reckless spending in Washington D.C. to lower the cost of living.” In order to “[m]ake America energy independent again,” Barrett said he would “work to expand America’s energy production, open pipelines, increase drilling, and end our reliance on foreign oil.” On his campaign website, Barret said, “My opponent, Elissa Slotkin, has voted with President Biden every single time – a perfect 100% voting record in support of his disastrous policies.” He said, “[Slotkin’s] support for corporate welfare, slashing domestic energy production, open borders, and higher inflation, is crushing Mid-Michigan families.”

Democratic and Republican House campaign committees have prioritized this election. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) included Slotkin in Frontline, its program to help Democratic incumbents win re-election in competitive House districts. The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) included the 7th District in its target list and designated Barrett as a member of the highest tier of its Young Guns program. According to Daily Kos, as of Sept. 19, the DCCC, House Majority PAC, NRCC, and Congressional Leadership Fund had spent more combined in this race than in any other House district.

The outcome of this race will affect the partisan balance of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 118th Congress. All 435 districts in the House are up for election. Democrats hold a 221-212 advantage in the U.S. House with two vacancies.



Both candidates for Michigan House of Representatives District 8 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Michigan House of Representatives District 8 —Mike McFall (D) and Rob Noble (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls both chambers of Michigan’s state legislature. Michigan is one of 13 states with divided government.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?            

McFall:   

“We must destigmatize mental illness and make care affordable and available when people need help, whether in times of crisis or for routine care. Every kid in Michigan deserves a great public education and providing that is a priority. This starts with affordable or free childcare and preschool for all kids and continues on through making college and technical training affordable and accessible. I will fight for voting rights and oppose every effort to disenfranchise voters or to place barriers between voters and their ballots.”

Noble:       

“1) One item that riles me more than most is the discussion with grade school children of sex and transgenderism. This is WRONG! There is plenty of time for a child to gage their personal lifestyle and a grade school child should be a kid, learning and playing and not thinking about issues such as this! 2) Our teachers are valuable and they should not be forced to take pay cuts or lay-offs because of ‘our’ draconian Governor and her horrible decisions. 3) We need to pay good teachers great money and retain the best of the best. Quality teachers deserve better incomes!”

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Both candidates for Michigan State Senate District 16 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Michigan State Senate District 16 —Katybeth Davis (D) and Joseph Bellino (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls both chambers of Michigan’s state legislature. Michigan is one of 13 states with divided government.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?            

Davis:   

  • “Racial Justice- The injustice of systemic racism needs to be addressed through, comprehensive criminal justice reform, and investment in BIPOC communities.”
  • “Climate Crisis & Environmental Issues- Ensure the Great Lakes and critical sources of drinking water are protected from contamination by toxic chemicals such as PFAS.”
  • “Access to Healthcare- I will fight to protect healthcare by standing up for people’s access to critical health services such as birth control, mental health services, and cancer screenings.”

Bellino:   

  • “Experience. I have been a house representative for 6 years now and I have learned to apply an empathetic but shrewd approach to legislation that ensures the responsible decision is made but that nobody gets left out in the cold.”
  • “Parental control in education. I will fight to ensure more parental rights in schools, and more options for school of choice, ensuring our children receive the best opportunities.”
  • “Economic development. I have proudly been involved with legislation that has created numerous jobs and brought vast arrays of business to the state and I will continue to do so.”

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All candidates for Michigan House of Representatives District 60 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Michigan House of Representatives District 60 —Linda Rose Clor (D) and Joseph Aragona (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls both chambers of Michigan’s state legislature. Michigan is one of 13 states under divided government.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?            

Clor:   

“I WILL DO EVERYTHING IN MY POWER TO GET BACK THE RIGHTS OF FEMALES TO HAVE REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM OF CHOICE, TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN AT SCHOOL AND ALL PEOPLE IN ALL PUBLIC PLACES. I SUPPORT PUBLIC EDUCATION, THE RIGHT TO HAVE AFFORDABLE OR FREE EDUCATION, HEALTHCARE FOR ALL AND A CLEAN ENVIRONMENT.”       

Aragona:       

“Joseph Aragona is a pro-life, pro-2A, fiscal conservative. He has and will continue to support the efforts of our police departments to protect our society. Joseph started fishing with his father from a young age. As a result, Joseph is passionate about water quality and efforts to clean up our watershed. During the pandemic, Joseph frequented many local businesses, and tried to bring public exposure to their hardship.”

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All candidates for Michigan House of Representatives District 38 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Michigan House of Representatives District 38 —Joey Andrews (D) and Kevin Whiteford (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls both chambers of Michigan’s state legislature. Michigan is one of 13 states under divided government.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?            

Andrews:               

  • “A common and urgent problem for coastal communities is the rising water levels. Homes have fallen into the lake, basements are constantly flooding, water is standing in yards or fields, and backed-up sewer systems are flooding the streets.”
  • “Affordable Housing has become a critical issue in our communities. Much of this has been driven by the explosion of the short-term rental industry which has sent prices spiraling upwards and broken up neighborhoods and communities.”
  • “While tourism has brought many benefits, investments, and prosperity to our region; the scales have since tipped too far. The tourism and service industry do not provide sustainable middle class jobs to our residents seeking to live here year round and raise a family.”

Whiteford:       

  • “Kevin is a CPA with a Masters in Taxation & has been a successful businessman for over 35 years. He understands the effect of rising inflation and taxes and will work to strengthen communities while working with small businesses of the district by ensuring that everyone can keep more of their hard earned money.”
  • “To protect our community, Kevin knows it is essential to back our brave men and women of law enforcement. Kevin will also prioritize measures to keep our most volnerable populations safe such as the unborn, victims of domestic violence and human trafficking.”
  • “Kevin understands the ways that the pandemic has changed many facets of our lives. Just like for his own family, Kevin is ready to work hard to make positive change through conservative legislation, empowering our communities for today and future generations.”

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All candidates for Michigan House of Representatives District 77 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Michigan House of Representatives District 77 —Emily Dievendorf (D) and John Magoola (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls both chambers of Michigan’s state legislature. Michigan is one of 13 states under divided government.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?            

Dievendorf:               

  1. “There is no excuse for a lack of living wage. Every resident should make enough to both survive AND thrive.”
  2. “Public schools must be funded well, equitably, and funded as the long-term, consistent investment our future success and community should be.”
  3. “In the 77th District and nationally we need to address gun violence. We can all agree that we want more safety for our families and that responsible gun ownership is a reasonable expectation in order to save lives.”

Magoola:       

  1. “Staunchly pro-2nd Amendment; I believe in pushing for Constitutional carry and state nullifying of federal gun restrictions”
  2. “Pro-parental rights in education; I am vehemently opposed to forcing parents to use public schools as well as against racial and gender indoctrination in public schools”
  3. “Staunchly pro-life; I am absolutely opposed to unfettered abortion and in favor of the defending of the human rights of unborn children”

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All candidates for Michigan House of Representatives District 56 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Michigan House of Representatives District 56 —Sharon MacDonell (D) and Mark Gunn (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls both chambers of Michigan’s state legislature. Michigan is one of 13 states under divided government.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?            

MacDonell:   

“My policy priorities are public education, reproductive healthcare, and investing in infrastructure so we can leave our children with the Michigan we all deserve. Also high on my list are protecting voting rights for everyone, legislating common-sense gun safety, and helping everyone enjoy life into our retirement years. I have been endorsed by Planned Parenthood, the AFL-CIO, the Detroit News, AFSCME Council 25, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), MI List, Downtown Newsmagazine, and LGBT Detroit Mobilization. I have also earned Moms Demand Action’s Gun Sense Distinction.”

Gunn:       

“My priorities in public policy include the Budget, education, roads, infrastructure, and election integrity. I have the background to fight for the correct allocation of our tax money. That will help with education and the roads and infrastructure. It will also help us the tax payers. I am tired of being treated as though we are here to work for government; I believe government should work for us. We are not their employees they are ours. My endorsements include Health Alliance, Insurance Alliance, Citizens for Traditional Values, Right to Life, Greater Metro Association of Realtors, the Association of Builders and Contractors of Michigan, and Michigan Corn”

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All candidates for Michigan House of Representatives District 20 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Michigan House of Representatives District 20 —Noah Arbit (D) and Albert Mansour (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls both chambers of Michigan’s state legislature. Michigan is one of 13 states under divided government.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?            

Arbit:   

  • “Hate Crimes – ​​As a member of the Jewish and LGBTQ+ communities, the issue of hate crimes is deeply personal to me.”
  • “Mental Health – Addressing Michigan’s mental health crisis – especially among youth and seniors – is mission #1 for me.”
  • “Democracy & Rights – There could scarcely be a more important issue than safeguarding our democracy and constitutional rights – including the freedom to choose, the freedom to vote, and the freedom to love.”

Mansour:       

  • “Limiting Government and protecting against governmental overreach.”
  • “Protecting families and parental rights when it comes to education and raising our children.”
  • “Protecting our Constitutional rights from being infringed upon.”

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All candidates for Michigan House of Representatives District 79 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both of the candidates running in the November 8, 2022, general election for Michigan House of Representatives District 79 —Kimberly Kennedy-Barrington (D) and Angela Rigas (R) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

Eighty-eight of the country’s 99 state legislative chambers will hold regularly scheduled elections in 2022. The Republican Party controls both chambers of Michigan’s state legislature. Michigan is one of 13 states under divided government.

Here are excerpts from candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office? 

Kennedy-Barrington:   

  • “Body Autonomy and Reproductive Rights. A person’s right to choose when and how they reproduce is fundamental to the quality of their life.”
  • “Support of Our Veterans. Michigan must ensure streamlined services and access to resources and benefits for those who have chosen to serve their Country.”
  • “Economic Fairness. Redistributing the wealth to empower the backbone of our economy which is Small Businesses.”

Rigas:       

  • “Restoring the proper role of government to We the People.”
  • “Uphold and defend the Constitution as written.”
  • “Ensuring the rule of law is upheld and those who break it are held responsible.”

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