Freshman House Dems lead Michigan delegation in campaign cash

Melissa Nann Burke
The Detroit News
U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens

Washington — First-term Michigan Reps. Elissa Slotkin and Haley Stevens led fundraising in the House delegation last quarter, each bringing in about $735,000 and reporting over $1 million in the bank.

Both Democrats flipped Republican-held districts last fall, but so far face no GOP challengers for 2020.

Stevens of Rochester Hills raised $735,870 in the three months ended June 30, and Slotkin of Holly brought in about $734,400, according to disclosure reports. 

"I am so grateful for the incredible outpouring of grassroots support we have received so far this year,” Stevens said in a statement. 

Stevens this year filled the seat of retired Rep. Dave Trott, R-Birmingham, while Slotkin defeated former Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Rochester. 

The biggest haul for a Republican member from Michigan last quarter was Rep. Fred Upton of St. Joseph with $361,178. 

Democratic state Rep. Jon Hoadley of Kalamazoo, who aims to challenge Upton in 2020, had a strong showing, raising nearly $315,850. Upton maintains a cash advantage with $506,874 to Hoadley's $205,626.

Newly independent Rep. Justin Amash, a critic of President Donald Trump who represents the Grand Rapids area, reported raising just over $177,000 and has about $201,200 cash on hand. 

Amash has drawn challengers on both sides of the aisle after breaking with Trump and saying the conduct described in special counsel Robert Mueller's report met the threshold for impeachment. 

Amash raised less money than state Rep. Jim Lower, R-Greenville, who brought in $200,546 in the 40 days after he declared his campaign. But Amash retains a larger war chest with about $201,200 cash on hand to Lower's $134,350.

Three other Republican candidates joined the race in the past two weeks and had nothing to report for the April-June period. They were state Rep. Lynn Afendoulis of Grand Rapids Township, Grand Rapids area businessman Joel Langlois and U.S. Army veteran Peter Meijer, grandson of the retailer Fred Meijer.

Democrat Nick Colvin, who is also running in Michigan's 3rd District, hauled in $121,260 and reported $114,065 in the bank. Immigration attorney Hillary Scholten last week joined the Democratic nomination contest. 

Republican Rep. Tim Walberg, often a Democratic electoral target, raised about $340,990 and reported $593,370 cash on hand as of June 30. There is not yet an apparent Democratic challenger.