WASHINGTON (Maureen Groppe, Gannett Washington Bureau)— Brian Ellis, the Republican financial consultant hoping to upset GOP Rep. Justin Amash in next month’s primary, has committed $800,000 of his own money to the race, new campaign disclosure reports show.
That puts him among the top 10 self-funders running for the House this year, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington group that tracks political fundraising. But Ellis still had only about half as much cash in the bank as Amash about a month before the Aug. 5 primary.
And Amash has benefited from about $373,000 in independent advertising from the conservative Club for Growth, which wants to see him re-elected.
That compares with the approximately $844,000 that Amash’s own campaign has spent through June and the $1 million that Ellis has spent.