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Calley massively outspends tea party challenger

August 13, 2014
Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has raised and spent much more money than tea party challenger Wes Nakagiri before this month's Republican state convention.

Calley on Tuesday reported raising $220,000 this year and spending $214,000. Nakagiri raised $13,000 and spent $8,700.

Nakagiri loaned himself $10,000 this year and another $10,000 last year.

Republican activists will nominate Gov. Rick Snyder's running mate on Aug. 23 in Novi. Typically it's a formality to choose whoever the gubernatorial candidate wants. But some conservative activists upset over Snyder's support for Medicaid expansion and other legislation are backing Nakagiri, a Brighton-area automotive engineering manager.

Calley's supporters say he's a proven conservative voice within the Snyder administration. "Establishment" Republicans have spent a year working to ensure favorable delegates are chosen to attend the convention.



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