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February 11, 2016

Bentivolio’s Republican Rival Goes On the Air

The Republican challenger to Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, R-Mich., is on the air with a positive spot and is putting big money behind it.

Attorney David Trott’s campaign aired a spot featuring him commuting to work and touts him as a job creator and Washington outsider. A spokeswoman said the campaign’s ad buy was well into the six figures.

Trott has plenty of money to spend on advertising. He raised $587,000 in the first quarter of this year and reported a little more than $1 million in cash on hand. Part of his haul was self-funded: Trott contributed $400,000 to the campaign earlier this year.

Bentivolio lags far behind on the financial front. But compared to his previous quarters, Bentivolio upped his fundraising game in the early part of this year. He raised $110,000 and reported $129,000 in cash on hand, according to his newly filed Federal Election Commission report.

The primary is on Aug. 5.

Former State Department adivser Bobby McKenzie is running for the Democratic nomination. The race is rated Favored Republican by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • HappyDays1900

    If there’s one thing the GOP needs more of in Congress it’s a rich guy who worked for big banks and foreclosed on houses.

  • Chuck Corbett

    Trott belongs in prison, not in Congress.

  • One Thirsty Bear

    Where there is uncertainty and variability regarding possible outcomes, the differences between rewards for merit and utility become clear.

  • G26

    Most collectivist attacks attempt to exploit the common misconception that the term “individualist” refers only to isolated individuals.

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