Updated: Peters banks $4M, James raised $4.8M in 1st quarter

    U.S. Sen. Gary Peters at the Detroit NAACP dinner | Andrew Roth
    Updated 1:40 p.m., 4/7/20 with James’ numbers

    U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) has raised more than $4 million in the first quarter of 2020. He’s banked more than $13.4 million since January 2019. 

    The figure represents the largest quarterly haul for any Democrat candidate running for the U.S. Senate in Michigan history, his campaign said.  

    GOP U.S. Senate candidate John James at the President Donald Trump rally in Battle Creek, Dec. 18, 2019 | Andrew Roth

    March 31 was the close of the first quarter for 2020, which began Jan. 1. Peters is likely to face Republican John James, a Farmington Hills businessman, in November. James raised $4.8 million for the same period. Peters has banked $13.4 million total and James has taken in $13 million.*

    For 2019, Peters raised $11.7 million and ended the year with $8 million in the bank. James raised $8.2 million during that time and closed 2019 with $6 million cash on hand. However, James outraised Peters in the last three months of 2019; the Republican raised $3.5 million compared to Peters’ $2.5 million haul.

    For the first period of 2020, 94% of all Peters’ donations were $100 or less, according to the campaign, which said there was a 60% increase in new donors from the previous quarter. 

    “We’re so grateful for the overwhelming support our campaign has received from folks across Michigan,” said Peters campaign manager Dan Farough. “As this campaign continues to break records and build momentum from grassroots donors, it’s clear Michiganders want to keep Gary’s effective leadership in the Senate. From fighting to lower the cost of health care to expanding skills training and apprenticeship programs, Gary is always focused on delivering results for Michigan.”

    Peters, a first-term member of the upper chamber, serves as ranking member on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and is a member of the Armed Services Committee. He previously served as a Rochester Hills City Council member, a Michigan state senator and a U.S. House member.

    In 2018, James challenged U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing), who defeated him 52% to 46%. 

    Ken Coleman
    Ken Coleman covers Southeast Michigan, economic justice and civil rights. He is a former Michigan Chronicle senior editor and served as the American Black Journal segment host on Detroit Public Television. He has written and published four books on black life in Detroit, including Soul on Air: Blacks Who Helped to Define Radio in Detroit and Forever Young: A Coleman Reader. His work has been cited by the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, History Channel and CNN. Additionally, he was an essayist for the award-winning book, Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies. Ken has served as a spokesperson for the Michigan Democratic Party, Detroit Public Schools, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence. Previously to joining the Advance, he worked for the Detroit Federation of Teachers as a communications specialist. He is a Historical Society of Michigan trustee and a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit advisory board member.