Early numbers show a more than $60 million governor’s race | Michigan Radio

Early numbers show a more than $60 million governor’s race

Oct 23, 2018

Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Some financial disclosures on the governor’s race are due later this week, but Michigan is already on pace to have one of its most expensive governor’s races in the state’s history.

So far, the Michigan Campaign Finance Network has tracked $61 million going toward the race including the primary.

Craig Mauger is with the network. He says a lot of money from dark money groups and other political organizations has poured in to try and influence the election.

“In the general election, since the primary, there has been a huge surge in outside spending. $16 million in outside spending that we’ve tracked so far,” he says.

Mauger says prior top spending elections include 2014 and 2006. He says the total will continue to go up as more financial disclosures by campaigns and special interest groups roll in at the end of the week and after the election.