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.