Schuette tops $3M fundraising mark

Jonathan Oosting
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Lansing — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette will report more than $3 million in new and transferred contributions since launching his campaign for governor in September, a spokesman said Tuesday ahead of a state filing deadline.

The Midland Republican raised $735,003 in the latest period that ended Dec. 31, according to campaign spokesman John Sellek. He will report $3,045,876 in contributions overall.

The fundraising haul helps Schuette keep pace with former state Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer of East Lansing, the early frontrunner for the Democratic nomination.

Whitmer launched her campaign in January 2017 and raised $3 million last year, her campaign said earlier this month. She will report about $747,000 in contributions for the most recent period, which ran from Oct. 21 through Dec. 31.

Schuette ended the year with $2.4 million in cash reserves, Sellek said. His total haul includes funds originally raised for his attorney general account before he launched his gubernatorial campaign.

Democrat Shri Thanedar has already poured nearly $6 million of his own fortune into his campaign for governor, but the Ann Arbor businessman has not yet filed his end-of-year report. All candidates are expected to file by 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Other Democrats running for governor include former Detroit health director Abdul El-Sayed of Shelby Township and former Xerox executive Bill Cobbs of Farmington Hills.

Schuette is competing for the GOP nomination with Lt. Gov. Brian Calley of Portland, state Sen. Pat Colbeck of Canton Township and Saginaw-area obstetrician Jim Hines. Calley’s campaign finance report will be his first since officially joining the gubernatorial race Nov. 28.

Colbeck’s campaign announced Saturday that he will report raising $90,004 in the latest period and $242,339 overall. He had $62,405 in cash reserves as of Dec. 31.