News (AP) - Michigan legislative hopefuls raise $17.3M

LANSING (AP) -- A new analysis says candidates seeking to get elected to the Michigan Legislature have raised about $17.3 million combined so far this election cycle.

The Michigan Campaign Finance Network released the review Monday after looking at filings made by 663 primary election candidates for the House and Senate.

All 148 seats in the Michigan Legislature are up for election this year. The primary election is Aug. 3.

Combined fundraising for House candidates is down 3.8 percent from 2008 and up 11.4 percent from 2006.

Senate fundraising is up 1.7 percent from 2006.

Candidates had a deadline of late last week to turn in their latest campaign fundraising reports to the state.

Published: Wed, Jul 28, 2010