Clinton hauls in $567K in first Mich. fundraiser

Chad Livengood
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton hauled in at least $567,000 during her first Michigan fundraiser of the campaign cycle at the Grosse Pointe home of Jill Alper and David Katz.

About 210 individuals attended the $2,700-a-ticket fundraiser Tuesday afternoon, according to a Clinton campaign aide.

It works out to $567,000 in donations for Clinton’s campaign war chest.

But the figure is likely higher because event hosts were tasked with bundling together $27,000 or more in contributions to get some extra face time with the former secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady.

Fundraisers who brought $50,000 to the event were eligible to be part of the campaign’s “Hilraisers program,” according to an invitation obtained by The Detroit News.

As of June 30, Clinton had raised $225,534 from 381 donations from Michigan contributors, a Detroit News analysis of campaign finance data shows.

Clinton’s fundraiser, which came after an unannounced stop at Sweet Potato Sensations bake shop in Detroit, brought out the Michigan Democratic Party brass.

Former Govs. Jim Blanchard and Jennifer Granholm, Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein, former state Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer and U.S. Rep. John Conyers of Detroit were among the Democratic Party dignitaries who attended the fundraiser.

Bush raises most in Mich.

Prior to Tuesday’s fundraiser, Hillary Clinton was second to Republican Jeb Bush in total contributions from Michigan donors. The former Florida governor had raised $332,650 from Michigan donors through June 30, campaign finance records show.

More than 86 percent of Bush’s donations came from 106 donors who wrote $2,700 checks, the maximum donation limit.

Detroit native Dr. Ben Carson has the third-largest Michigan donor base among 16 presidential candidates from both parties.

Carson, a famed neurosurgeon who kicked off his campaign May 4 in Detroit, has raised $125,685 from Michigan donors.

In total, Michigan donors gave $989,190 to the presidential campaigns – and likely more to so-called “super” political action committees supporting the White House hopefuls.

According to Federal Election Commission data, the other 13 candidates collected the following amounts from Michigan donors:

■ Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, $98,166

■ Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, $62,910

■ Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, $61,439

■ Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, $44,781

■ Ex-Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, $13,550

■ South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, $11,100

■ Ex-Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, $9,425

■ Ex-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, $2,150

■ Ex-New York Gov. George Pataki, $500

■ Businessman Donald Trump, $500

■ Ex-Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, $300

■ Louisian Gov. Bobby Jindal, $250

■ Ex-Texas Gov. Rick Perry, $250