Bentivolio’s Republican Rival Goes On the Air

Posted April 16, 2014 at 1:50pm

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.