Jocelyn Benson Fundraising Exceeds Unprecedented $1 Million for Secretary of State Campaign

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Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Jocelyn Benson Fundraising Exceeds Unprecedented $1 Million for Secretary of State Campaign

More than 4,500 individual donors propel campaign

Democratic Secretary of State candidate Jocelyn Benson’s campaign committee today announced it has raised more than $1 million for the fall campaign, an unprecedented amount raised in advance of a nominating convention by either an incumbent or non-incumbent candidate for Secretary of State.

The total amount raised is $1,022,111.22, including $566,967.56 in the 2018 reporting period.  The campaign has $837,547.91 cash on hand.  Among the contributions listed, 88 percent are $100 or less.   

In an email to supporters over the weekend, Benson thanked them for their support and wrote that voters’ decision in Michigan’s Secretary of State’s race will define our “democracy for years to come.”

“Michiganders deserve a Secretary of State who works as hard as they do and today’s filing demonstrates how hard I will work as Michigan’s next Secretary of State,” Benson said.  “The outpouring of support we’ve received since we launched this campaign leaves no doubt that we are in this to win.”

In addition to the campaign’s historic fundraising, Jocelyn Benson has picked up significant endorsements since announcing her candidacy including support from women’s groups like the Progressive Women’s Alliance and Emily’s List, to organizations representing carpenters, teachers, autoworkers, and operating engineers.  Among the individuals endorsing Benson are former Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, former and current Detroit Mayors Dennis Archer and Mike Duggan, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans and former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade. 

As Secretary of State, Benson’s plan includes a 30-Minute Guarantee in delivering services managed and overseen by the Secretary of State, a ban on fee increases, election security, protecting voting rights and making state government more transparent. 

About Jocelyn Benson

Jocelyn Benson has more than a decade of experience as a national leader in election law and administration.  She is the author of Secretaries of State: Guardians of the Democratic Process, the first major book on the role of the Secretary of State in enforcing election and campaign finance laws and promoting fair, accessible and secure elections. 

Jocelyn has a proven track record of success in leading institutions, cutting costs and improving services. As the former dean of Wayne State University Law School she froze tuition, expanded access to scholarship funds for all students, and bolstered the school’s reputation and bar passage rates. She also established programs to promote government oversight, provide free legal services for veterans, and help aspiring entrepreneurs participate in the economic revival of Detroit.

In 2012 while her husband, Ryan Friedrichs, served in Afghanistan with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, she joined with four other military spouses to establish the Military Spouses of Michigan, a network dedicated to providing support and services to military spouses and their children. It was Friedrichs’ experience of not having his vote counted while serving overseas that prompted her pledge on day one of her campaign to ensure that every vote is counted, including those of our military service men and women.    

Jocelyn is currently CEO of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), a national nonprofit.  She serves on several national boards including the advisory board of iCivics, a non-profit founded by retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and dedicated to engaging students in meaningful civic learning.

Learn more about Jocelyn Benson and her plan for Secretary of State at

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