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How Much Do Michigan Political Campaigns Cost?

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Elections cost more. In 2018, Michigan had the most expensive election season ever. At least $324 million has been spent on various campaigns, according to the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. At the national level, the trend seems to be the same. From 1998 to 2018, midterm election spending increased by more than $4 billion, according to OpenSecrets.org.

And this election year in Michigan looks no different. Governor Gretchen Whitmer has raised more than $9 million in 2022 and has $15 million in the bank. This is when candidates like State Representative Shri Thanedar spend millions on their own campaigns.

“2018 was the most expensive election at the state level, and then 2020 became the most expensive election in Michigan history immediately after,” – Simon Schuster, investigative reporter covering politics for MLive .

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Simon Schuster is an investigative journalist covering politics for MLive. He was previously director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. He says the money funneled into elections has only increased over the past decade in state politics.

“2018 was the most expensive statewide election, and then 2020 became the most expensive election in Michigan history immediately after. And I would say it’s pretty reasonable to estimate that we We’re on track for another record-breaking election, provided we can recoup the roughly $150 million that was spent in Michigan for the 2020 presidential election.”

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