A Michigan Democrat has turned to Washington, D.C., operatives and Hollywood activists to bankroll her “grassroots” congressional bid.
Out-of-state contributions from the coasts, as well as staffers and institutional support from Washington, D.C., and New York, have propelled congressional candidate Hillary Scholten into a near tie with her Republican rival Peter Meijer in a race that national Democrats see as a prime pickup opportunity to preserve their House majority. Less than one-third of her donations have come from Michigan since the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced its organizational and fundraising support for the campaign.
The reliance on out-of-state support stands in contrast to Scholten’s campaign pitch. Her website focuses on a “West Michigan” life story that places her family and Christian faith at the center of her campaign. “West Michigan is my home—I was born and raised here, am deeply involved in the faith community here, and I feel like I would be a great representative,” Scholten told the Detroit News. “I can’t think of a more broken place than Washington, D.C.,” she later told ABC 13.