Washington — Republican U.S. House challenger David Trott massively outspent Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Milford, by more than 20 to 1 in the last three months — with just weeks before voters will decide on the GOP nominee for the state’s 11th congressional district.
Campaign finance reports released late Tuesday show Trott raised $1.73 million in the the months ending June 30. He gave his campaign another $1.6 million in the last three months and has contributed $2.4 million to his campaign since seeking office. In total, he’s raised $3.4 million.
Trott, a Farmington Hills attorney and mortgage specialist, is vying to defeat Bentivolio in the August primary. In a report filed with the Federal Election Commission, Trott had $1.47 million on hand as of June 30.
Bentivolio raised just $111,000 in the last three months and has $168,000 on hand. For the entire campaign, he’s raised about $515,000.
In the last three months, Bentivolio spent $64,000 compared to Trott’s $1.3 million.
Bentivolio’s underfunded campaign is getting a boost from the establishment, via House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. Bentivolio, a freshman who unexpectedly landed in Congress when incumbent Rep. Thad McCotter failed to make the 2012 ballot, hasn’t offended leadership and largely stayed out of the spotlight.