Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. (Carlos Osorio / Associated Press)
Lansing — Gov. Rick Snyder’s campaign is reporting it raised more than $5 million in contributions during 2013 and starts the year with $4 million available toward the November election.
The Rick Snyder for Michigan Campaign’s annual statement will list no personal contributions from Snyder or his wife and no political action committee money, said Snyder political adviser Kyle Robertson in a preliminary release ahead of Friday’s state filing deadline.
“We are in a strong position to communicate Gov. Snyder’s positive plan to continue Michigan’s comeback,” Robertson said.
Snyder began 2013 with $828,00 and spent $1.9 million, according to the preliminary report. More than $500,000 was spent on fall TV ads.
“Today’s numbers show he has strong support from Michigan families because of what he has accomplished in his first three years as governor,” Michigan GOP Press Secretary Kelli Ford said in a statement. “We’ve seen an increase in jobs, home values and income levels. He’s made Michigan the comeback state.”
While the Republican incumbent has not formally launched a re-election campaign, his campaign launched TV ads in September about his first-term accomplishments. He and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley also are lining up delegates to support a Snyder-Calley ticket at this summer’s Republican convention.
Friday is the deadline for annual campaign committee statements to be filed with the Michigan Secretary of State.
Likely Democratic opponent Mark Schauer is seeking public financing for his primary campaign and hasn’t released fundraising numbers ahead of the filing deadline. Campaign spokesman Zack Pohl said, however, he can confirm a report that said Schauer will report more than $1 million in cash on hand.
“Now we know why Gov. Snyder was in such a hurry to double political fundraising limits. Snyder has always been on the side of the wealthy and the well-connected, and this just confirms it,” Pohl said. “He’ll need every penny to explain why he cut over $1 billion from schools and taxed seniors’ retirement to pay for a huge corporate tax break that hasn’t created jobs.”
The Service Employees International Union’s Michigan State Council, representing more than 35,000 workers, plans a rally Tuesday to announce its endorsement in the 2014 gubernatorial election. It’s all but certain to be Schauer.