Levin lags other Michigan Dems in 1Q fundraising

    Reps. Levin and Stevens
    Andy Levin and Haley Stevens at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit | Nick Manes
    Updated 5:20 p.m.

    U.S. Rep. Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) raised a little less than $20,000 in total contributions during the first quarter of the 2019-20 election cycle, lagging other Michigan Democrats in the U.S. House by a wide margin.

    Susan J. Demas graphic

    The data comes from the Federal Election Commission.

    Levin is the son of former U.S. Rep. Sandy Levin and nephew of former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin. Upon his father’s retirement in 2018, Andy Levin won his 9th Congressional District seat after a relatively competitive primary race against Ellen Cogen Lipton, a former state representative who was endorsed by the nonprofit EMILY’s List, and attorney Martin Brock. Levin raised almost $1.5 million for that election cycle overall. The seat is considered safely Democratic.

    “Congressman Levin made an intentional decision to devote the first quarter of his congressional career fully to his duties, and he has so much to show for it,” said Levin spokesperson Austin Laufersweiler. “Andy is grateful for his support in the 9th District and confident he’ll be in a strong position when voters go to the polls a year and a half from now.”*

    Fellow freshman U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens (D-Rochester) led Michigan’s House Democrats in first quarter fundraising, bringing in $575,000 in total contributions since the beginning of the year. Stevens flipped the 11th District representing Wayne and Oakland counties and is one of 55 Democrats the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) is targeting in 2020.

    Brenda Lawrence

    The Democrat with the closest total to Levin’s is three-term U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield), who’s also in a safe Democratic seat and raked in $83,000 over the same period.

    The nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics’ Opensecrets.org reported last week that House Democrats have raised a total of almost $56 million in their bid to hold the chamber through the 2020 election cycle, even more than they did ahead of 2018’s “blue wave” — which saw the party gain 40 congressional seats.

    A plurality of that haul was raised by freshmen like Levin and Stevens, with first-term Democrats combining to raise $23 million since the beginning of January.

    Updated with comment from a spokesperson for Rep. Levin.

    Derek Robertson
    Derek Robertson is a former associate editor of the Advance. Previously, he wrote for Politico Magazine in Washington. He is a Genesee County native and graduate of both Wayne State University, where he studied history, and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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