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Michigan US House races break fundraising records

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We’re three weeks out from Election Day, and Michigan’s US House races have already broken state records.

The Michigan Campaign Finance Network is a watchdog group. It released a new analysis of fundraising and spending disclosures.

Craig Mauger is with the Network. He says one race in particular stands out.

“The 8th Congressional District race is going to be the most expensive US House race that Michigan has ever seen,” he said. “That’s the race between Elissa Slotkin and Mike Bishop and we can already say that because it’s already attracted about 16 million dollars.”

The candidates for US House have, so far, raised more in total than the candidates for any other two-year cycle – by millions of dollars.

“We haven’t seen this amount of money being raised by candidates for Congress and we haven’t seen some of these races be as expensive as some of them are,” Mauger said.

Mauger said groups that are not a part of the campaign - especially Super PACs and nonprofits are contributing a lot of the money. He said at the end of the day about half of the money will come from campaigns and half will come from outside spenders trying to influence election results.