Bernstein tapping personal fortune on Michigan Supreme Court race
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Richard Bernstein has put more than $1.8 million of his own money into his campaign for the Michigan Supreme Court.
The disclosure was made Friday as candidates for a variety of political offices met a deadline to report campaign finances. Bernstein is an Oakland County lawyer who was nominated by the Democratic Party for an eight-year term on the Supreme Court.
He's one of five candidates in the race, including incumbent Justice Brian Zahra. The two with most votes get on the state's highest court.
Bernstein has nearly $900,000 in his campaign fund, while Zahra reported $306,000. But the Republican Party and other groups can spend money campaigning for Zahra and another GOP nominee, James Redford.
Besides Bernstein, William Murphy is the other Democratic nominee in the Supreme Court race.