With less than amonth left until the Democratic gubernatorial primary, appeals from the Virg Bernero camp for money are coming harder than ever.
On Tuesday, an e-mail was sent out from the Bernero camp asking that each supporter give $100 by July 1 so that it can be matched by the state campaign fund (a pot ‘o money supplied by us taxpayers who choose to check the box to give $3 when we do our tax returns).
But, Bernero might not get the matching funds he could be eligible for.
The Legislature in 2007 took $7.2 million out of the fund to balance a budget deficit. Right now, there’s only around $2 million in the fund. Candidates can get up to a 2-for-1 match on any donation they raise up to $100, and a total of $900,000, the Detroit News reported. According to that paper, all candidates but Rick Snyder (and Alma Wheeler-Smith, because she dropped out) plan to use matching funds.
Meanwhile, it is thought that Bernero challenger Andy Dillon has a lot more money (we won’t know until campaign finance reports are released July 23) — he’s been running television commercials for a couple of weeks. The Bernero campaign has stated that it will roll out ads, but would not say when (it released a few Web ads).
A Detroit News article about the ramping up of campaign activity quoted Bernero as saying his campaign would beat Dillon on the ground — meaning that he would rely on face to face time with voters, rather than through the media.
Inside Michigan Politics publisher Bill Ballenger was quoted as saying, “If he's just relying on the ground game, he's dead meat. I don't think that's going to do it.”
Speaking of ads, the Michigan Republic Party released at Web ad attacking Bernero, making fun of his “angriest mayor” moniker. The Republicans released a video earlier in the year, calling out the fact that Bernero has held office as a county commissioner, state representative, state senator and mayor. Bernero actually touted the latest Republican attack against him in a fundraising letter and on Facebook.
In endorsements, Bernero picked up nods from the National Organization of Women and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, both abortion rights groups. He also landed the Michigan Nurses Association endorsement, the largest nurses’ union in Michigan. Dillon picked up an endorsement by the state Fraternal Order of Police, an organization formed in 1915 with more than 320,000 members.