Spending caps are off in MI GOP gubernatorial race

LANSING, MI – Michigan's GOP gubernatorial candidates will be able to spend whatever they want on their primary campaigns.

Ann Arbor businessman Rick Snyder told state officials this month he's given his campaign at least $340,000.

The donation lifted the $2 million spending cap his opponents faced if they accepted public matching funds before the August 2010 primary.

Campaign spokesman Jake Suski won't say how much Snyder has given, but says the donation "shows his intention to win and reinvent Michigan."

GOP candidates Pete Hoekstra, Tom George and Tim Rujan have checked boxes on their campaign forms saying they'll take public funds. Mike Bouchard and Mike Cox are still deciding.

Any Democratic candidate who accepts matching funds still will face the $2 million cap.