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Haley Stevens outraises Levin; Hollier top fundraiser in 13th; reports show

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LANSING — U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens again outraised U.S. Rep. Andy Levin, while state Sen. Adam Hollier, D-Detroit, topped each of his opponents in the Detroit-based congressional district, according to campaign finance reports released Friday. 

Congressional campaign finance reports were due Friday for the second quarter of 2022, offering the last glimpse of fundraising before the Aug. 2 primary. 

Michigan lost a seat in Congress due to a stagnant population, decreasing its representation in Washington D.C. from 14 to 13. 

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Many districts aren’t competitive in the primaries, but here’s a look at the fundraising tallies of those that are:

Stevens once again tops Levin 

In Michigan’s newly drawn 11th District centered in Oakland County, Stevens raised more than $1 million this quarter, topping fellow Democrat Levin, who raised $555,218 this quarter. 

Stevens also leads Levin in cash on hand; she left this quarter with $1.8 million in the bank while Levin has $1.1 million in cash on hand. 

Out-of-state interests have poured into both campaigns, particularly those that advocate on behalf of Israel. Separate PACs that purport to support Israel have donated heavily to both candidates, according to The Detroit News.

Stevens and Levin were thrust into the same Democratic-leaning district after legislative lines were redrawn by a citizens redistricting commission.

Hollier leads in 13th District race

In the Detroit-centered, heavily Democratic, 13th District, state Sen. Adam Hollier, D-Detroit, remained the top fundraiser. He collected almost $413,000 over the last three months. He entered July with more than $371,000 on hand. 

At least 10 candidates are running in the heavily Democratic district without an incumbent. Attorney Michael Griffie raised $67,000 and had $55,000 on hand by the end of June. 

During the same period, former Detroit City Council member Sharon McPhail raised $35,000, leaving just under $33,000 in the bank. 

State Sen. Shri Thanedar, D-Detroit, had more than $5 million in the bank by the end of March, most of all candidates.

The businessman is funding his own campaign and had not filed a quarterly report by 6 p.m. Friday.

Meijer, Scholten bring in hauls 

In west Michigan’s tossup 3rd District, freshman U.S. Rep. Peter Meijer, R-Grand Rapids, raised $578,749 this quarter and had $1.4 million on hand. 

He outraised primary opponent John Gibbs, a former Trump official endorsed by the former president. Gibbs only raised $216,255 this quarter and ended with $124,575 cash on hand. 

Meijer was one of 10 Republicans in the House of Representatives to cast a vote in favor of impeaching Trump. 

The likely Democratic nominee, Hillary Scholten, raised $642,313 from April to July and had $901,711 cash on hand. Scholten lost to Meijer by 6 points when they faced off in 2020—but outraised Meijer this quarter.

James reports major fundraising

In the Macomb County-centered, Republican-leaning 10th District, Republican John James’ campaign raised a little over $957,000 in the latest quarter, leaving him $2.4 million in hand

The campaign had reported hauling in $2.6 million over the past three months, including the nearly $1 million to his campaign and another $1.5 million to a joint fundraising committee, The Detroit News reported.

The $2.6 million haul would allow James a significant edge over all his opponents in the upcoming election.

Among the five Democrats, Warren City Council member Angela Rogensues raised more than $120,000 over the past three months, entering July with roughly $85,000 on hand. Carl Marlinga, a Sterling Heights resident who served as Macomb County judge, raised $109,000 over the last quarter and had $43,000 by the end of June.

Tlaib outraises Winfrey

In the heavily Democratic 12th District, which also includes Detroit and western suburbs, U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit, raised $486,000 and had $1.1 million on hand.

Her opponent, Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey received just over $58,000 from individual donors, leaving $145,000 on hand by the end of June. 

The contributions included at least $12,907 collected on her behalf by pro-Israel groups American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the Pro-Israel America PAC, records show. Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman to be elected to Congress, has been critical of Israel and called its policies “apartheid” and “racist,” The Washington Post reported.

Slotkin has $6.5 million on hand

In the tossup 7th District based in Lansing, U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Holly, raised more than $1.5 million, leaving $6.5 million in the bank entering July. 

Her campaign received a boost from unions as well as leadership PACs associated with several incumbent Democratic members of Congress, campaign records show. Those PACs are committees established to help Congress members build connections and raise money to boost other like-minded candidates’ campaigns.

Records show Slotkin’s campaign received $3,000 from Build Our Movement PAC — a leadership PAC linked to U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash. — and $2,000 from American Defense and Military PAC, which is associated with Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash, according to D.C.-based watchdog group OpenSecrets. 

Her likely opponent in the general election state Sen. Tom Barrett, R-Potterville, had not filed his paperwork as of 6 p.m. Friday.

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