$2.3 million of Public Funding Used for Gubernatorial Primaries
According to a report in Gongwer, four gubernatorial candidates who qualify for public funding toward their gubernatorial primary have received $2.34 million so far as reported by the Department of State (DOS).
Under Michigan’s campaign finance law, candidates for governor can receive matching contributions from the state for every donation up to $100 to a total maximum match during the primary season of $990,000. DOS officials reported that the maximum will be less this year because of the number of candidates and the funds available. The two Democrats have received the most funding so far: Gretchen Whitmer at $929,395; Abdul El-Sayed received $908,153. GOP gubernatorial candidate Lt. Governor Brian Calley has received $264,958 from two requests totaling $335,336. His primary opponent Attorney General Bill Schuette received $233,479 from two requests totaling $422,659.