Republican Candidates for Michigan Attorney General have more Cash on Hand than Democratic Opponents


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Michigan Republicans have two strong candidates running for attorney general, Tom Leonard and Tonya Schuitmaker. Both are posting impressive fundraising numbers, signaling strong momentum for Republicans, ahead of the November elections.

Leonard and Schuitmaker have more cash on hand than the two Democrats vying to be the nominee for their party.

The Detroit Free Press reports:

In the race for attorney general, (Speaker of the House Tom) Leonard is padding his campaign coffers with $371,200 raised in the last quarter of 2017, including a transfer of $63,925 from his state House campaign account and $16,000 from his two leadership PACs. This election cycle, he’s raised a total of $607,259 and he’s got $566,430 in cash available for the upcoming race.

Also running for attorney general is Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, who raised $63,700 in the quarter for an overall total of $352,300 in contributions, which includes $142,518 transferred from her Senate campaign fund and leadership PAC. She has $281,707 in available cash for the upcoming race.

On the Democratic side, Pat Miles, a former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan from Grand Rapids, raised $175,251 in the last quarter of 2017, for an overall total of $365,029 in contributions from more than 1,000 people. He has $227,063 in cash available for the race.

Dana Nessel, a Detroit attorney best known for her representation of a same-sex couple in the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage, raised $67,204 in the last quarter of 2017 for an overall total of $215,535. She has $145,983 in cash available for the upcoming race.