Stabenow Outpaces Rivals in Political Fundraising

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Republican U.S. Senate candidates Pete Hoekstra and Clark Durant finished their first-quarter fundraising with about the same amount of cash on hand, but both are far behind Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow.

Hoekstra reported Tuesday raising $695,000 and spending $677,000. He has $154,000 on hand.

Durant reported raising $558,000 and spending $234,000, leaving $151,000 on hand.

Stabenow raised more than $1.5 million from January through March and has about $7 million on hand.

Hoekstra ran a Super Bowl ad during the quarter that some groups found racially insensitive. Stabenow saw her contributions rise after the ad ran. It's unclear if the ad hurt Hoekstra's fundraising, although he raised about $285,000 less money than he did in the last quarter of 2011.

Republican Randy Hekman reported he had about $7,000 on hand.


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  • by Erin Location: Homer on Apr 18, 2012 at 03:47 AM
    If only our political heads would raise that much money to actually help our state not help their elections. Michigan is on a decline and they all say they can fix it, well then have them all donate their funding to our schools and small businesses. Shame on all these people who donate to these causes and not to the real needed areas.
  • by Jim Location: Mason on Apr 17, 2012 at 12:37 PM
    My hope is people will see the many years stabenw has been in office and accomplished nothing. It would be interesting to see how so much money has accumulated over the years and who contributes now. My guess is its not the middle class that has suffered for so many years under her command. More money does not mean better representation. After many terms, her record has shown she has special interests like the huge corporate farms and most recently the facade of being a fighter for the elderly.Its time for her to move on and let a new face take her place. Many years ago my parents were in need of assistance with health concerns, Her office never responded to any request to discuss the issue. We contacted Mr Levin who, went out of his way to help. He was not even our senator. That says a lot about her office and helping the common people of this state. She is right beside the govt officials that are ruining our way of life and an opportunity to survive.
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