Who's Funding Statewide Ballot Campaigns?

NOTE: This information is based on campaign finance disclosures filed with the Michigan Secretary of State. The Michigan Campaign Finance Network compiled the data.

The page will be updated as new ballot proposal campaigns and opposition campaigns take shape and file reports on where their money is coming from. The page includes ballot committees that have reported raising more than $100,000 and have taken a stance on a proposal that could be on the ballot in 2018.

Full campaign finance disclosures from the ballot proposal committees are available here.

 


Active Ballot Proposal Campaigns

 

 

 

Coalition To Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (Pro-Marijuana Legalization)

Campaign disclosures cover: Through April 20, 2018

What it is: This is a proposal campaign to initiate a state law to legalize marijuana in Michigan. The proposal would allow for the personal possession of marijuana by individuals who are older than 21 and set up new state guidelines for the industry.

How much has it raised: $1.62 million ($920,172 direct contributions and $706,399 in in-kind contributions)

How much has it spent: $902,845

How many individual contributions has it reported: about 700 contributions

Top contributors:

1. Marijuana Policy Project, Washington D.C, $429,205
2. Smokers Outlet, Troy, $250,000
3. Marijuana Policy Project Foundation, Washington D.C, $188,807
4. MI Legalize 2018, East Lansing, $170,000
5. Kevin McCaffery, RBK Enterprises, Ann Arbor, $95,000
6. Sam Usman Jr., UPM LLC, East Lansing, $50,000
7. KX3 Superwall LLC, Royal Oak, $50,000
8. DKT Liberty, Washington D.C, $50,000
9. Susan Ruiz, scientist, Massachusetts, $50,000
10. Andrew Driver Jr., Advance Electric, Gaylord, $35,000

 

Healthy and Productive Michigan (Anti-Marijuana Legalization)

Campaign disclosures cover: Through April 20, 2018

What It Is: This is a campaign to oppose the effort to legalize marijuana in Michigan.

How much has it raised: $276,020 ($276,020 direct contributions and $0 in-kind contributions)

How much has it spent: $60,733

How many individual contributions has it reported: 13 contributions

Top contributors:

1. Smart Approaches to Marijuana Action, Virginia, $275,000
2. Michael McGunn, architect, $250
3. Harold Mast, retired, $200
4. Kathleen Altman, Bloomfield Hills, $100
5. Mary Long, Hillsdale, $100
6. Jeff Fuss, Jenison, $100
7. Paul Tomasko, Troy, $100

 

 

 


 

 

Michigan One Fair Wage (Pro-Minimum Wage Increase)

Campaign disclosures cover: Through April 20, 2018

What it is: This is a proposal campaign to initiate legislation to increase Michigan's minimum wage. Under the proposal, the minimum wage would increase to $12 an hour in 2022. Michigan's current minimum wage is $8.90 an hour.

How much has it raised: $1.21 million ($1.12 million direct contributions and $91,222 in-kind contributions)

How much has it spent: $1.07 million

How many individual contributions has it reported: 125 contributions

Top contributors:

1. Restaurant Opportunities Center Action, $457,500
2. Raise Michigan, another proposal campaign, Royal Oak, $297,648
3. Restaurant Opportunities Center United, New York, $200,000
4. Restaurant Opportunities Center, Detroit, $132,775
5. Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan, $75,000
6. Goodman Acker, Southfield, $4,200 (legal services)
7. Sachs Waldman, Detroit, $4,098 (legal services)
8. Marjorie Goebel, Grand Rapids, $1,500
9. 13 donors each gave $1,000

 

 


 

 

Protecting Michigan Taxpayers (Pro-Prevailing Wage Repeal)

Campaign disclosures cover: Through April 20, 2018

What it is: This is a proposal campaign to initiate legislation to repeal Michigan's prevailing wage law, which sets wage standards for certain publicly-funded construction projects. The standards are based on other collectively bargained wages in the area.

How much has it raised: $1.55 million ($1.51 million direct contributions and $40,002 in-kind contributions)

How much has it spent: $1.47 million

How many individual contributions has it reported: 23 contributions

Top contributors:

1. Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan, Lansing, $1,312,355
2. Silver Bullet Group Inc., Las Vegas, $100,025
3. Construction Legal Rights Foundation, Washington D.C., $75,000
4. September Group LLC, Wyoming, $50,000
5. Americans for Prosperity Michigan, Lansing, $15,780 (donated staff time)

 

 

 

 

Protect Michigan Jobs (Anti-Prevailing Wage Repeal)

Campaign disclosures cover: Through April 20, 2018

What it is: This is a ballot committee that opposes repealing Michigan's prevailing wage. It has opposed Protecting Michigan Taxpayers' proposal. It has also pushed its own proposal to initiate legislation to keep the prevailing wage.

How much has it raised: $924,465 ($728,112 direct contributions, $196,353 in-kind contributions); it also started the year with $58,622

How much has it spent: $649,405

How many individual contributions has it reported: 97 contributions

Top contributors:

1. Michigan Building and Construction Trades, Detroit, $230,700
2. National Electrical Contractors Association, Michigan chapter, $102,804
3. Michigan Pipe Trade Association PAC, Flushing, $75,000
4. Michigan Laborers District Council, Lansing, $63,506
5. Mid Michigan Electrical Alliance, Lansing, $63,400
6. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 58, $40,000
7. Plumbers Local 190, Ann Arbor, $30,000
8. L/M National Electrical Contractors Association L/U 8, $30,000
9. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers No. 252, $25,000
10. Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association, MITA, $25,000
11. Ann Arbor LMCC, Ann Arbor, $25,000
12. Management and Unions Serving Together, Southfield, $25,000

 


 

Voters Not Politicians (Pro-Redistricting Reform)

Campaign disclosures cover: Through April 20, 2018

What it is: This is a ballot proposal campaign to amend the Michigan Constitution to reform the state's process for drawing legislative district lines. The proposal would take the power to draw district lines from lawmakers and give it an independent commission.

How much has it raised: $959,136 ($790,705 direct contributions and $168,43 1in in-kind contributions)

How much has it spent: $502,432

How many individual contributions has it reported: about 10,990 contributions

Top contributors:

1. Beckwith Constitutional Liberties Fund, East Lansing nonprofit, $150,000
2. Campaign for Democracy, nonprofit, California, $72,605
3. Fred Green, attorney, Royal Oak, in-kind contribution of petition drafting, $30,000
4. American Civil Liberties Union, in-kind contribution of petition drafting, $24,350
5. Scott Reynolds, attorney, Douglas, in-kind contribution of petition drafting, $20,400
6. James Giddings, attorney, Williamston, in-kind contribution of petition drafting, $17,250
7. Peter Houk, attorney, DeWitt, in-kind contribution of petition drafting, $15,250
8. John and Deanna Hanieski, retired, Grand Ledge, $13,520
9. Irma Glaser, homemaker, West Bloomfield, $10,000
10. Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council, East Lansing, $10,000
11. Loveland Technologies (in-kind), $10,000

 

 

Citizens Protecting Michigan's Constitution (Anti-Redistricting Reform Proposal)

Campaign disclosures cover: Through April 20, 2018

What it is: This is a ballot committee that is opposing the Voters Not Politicians proposal. It also ran social media ads opposing the campaign for a part-time Legislature. This committee has worked on other issues in the past and could work on other proposals in the future.

How much has it raised: $372,351($285,000 in direct contributions and $87,351 in in-kind contributions)

How much has it spent: $87,351

How many individual contributions has it reported: 6 contributions

Top contributors: 10 contributions

1. Michigan Chamber PAC II, $136,260
(This is a ballot proposal committee connected to the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. Its top financial donors in 2017-2018 have been Enbridge Energy, which gave $125,000, the Michigan Realtors, which gave $10,000, and Jackson National Life, which gave $10,000)
2. John Kennedy, Autocam Corp., $100,000
3. Michigan Chamber Litigation (in-kind legal fees), $85,000
4. Fair Lines America Inc., Virginia, $50,000
5. LaBrant Strategies, Perry (in-kind services), $721
6. Michigan Chamber of Commerce, $370

 

 


 

 

 

MI Time To Care (Pro-Earned Sick Leave)

Campaign disclosures cover: Through April 20, 2018

What it is: This is a proposal campaign to initiate legislation to establish a right for employees to earn sick leave for personal or family health needs.

How much has it raised: $1.89 million ($1.70 million direct contributions and $190,632 in-kind contributions)

How much has it spent: $1.44 million

How many individual contributions has it reported: 49 contributions

Top contributors:

1. Sixteen Thirty Fund, Washington D.C., $1.33 million
2. The Fairness Project, Washington D.C., $310,139
3. Raise Michigan, another proposal campaign, Royal Oak, $80,400
4. Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan, Royal Oak, $65,109
5. Mothering Justice, Royal Oak, $50,000
6. Michigan People’s Campaign, $50,000
7. Restaurant Opportunities Center Action, $2,389
8. Michigan United (in-kind), $1,600

 

 


 

 

Promote The Vote (No-Reason Absentee Voting And Other Election Law Changes)

Campaign disclosures cover: Through April 20, 2018

What it is: This is a campaign to amend the Michigan Constitution to make a series of election reforms. The campaign would allow for no-reason absentee voting and would allow for people to be automatically registered to vote when obtaining a license from the Secretary of State. It would also provide for the right to vote a secret ballot and to have election results audited.

How much has it raised: $1.37 million ($1.21 million direct contributions and $156,129 in-kind contributions)

How much has it spent: $876,994

How many individual contributions has it reported: 145 contributions

Top contributors:

1. American Civil Liberties Union, New York, $1.02 million
2. American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, $204,484
3. Rachel Bendit, Ann Arbor, $51,400
4. Campaign for Democracy, California, $50,000
5. Erica Peresman, attorney, $10,000
6. Patrice Aaron, Ann Arbor, $10,000
7. Joel Marogil, attorney, $2,000
8. George Nyman, Birmingham, $2,000
9. Leonard Sahn, Orchard Lake, $1,800
10. Michigan League for Public Policy, $1,229

 

 


 

Ballot Proposal Campaigns That Are No Longer Active

 

 

Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan (Pro-Increased Renewable Energy Standard)

Campaign disclosures cover: Through April 20, 2018

What it is: This is a proposal campaign to incrementally increase the renewable energy standard for electric providers to 30 percent by 2030. The standard is currently set to increase to 15 percent by 2021.

How much has it raised: $2.04 million ($1.80 million direct contributions and $246,020 in-kind contributions)

How much has it spent: $1.21 million

How many individual contributions has it reported: 10 contributions

Top contributors:

1. NextGen Climate Action, San Francisco, $1.84 million
2. NextGen America, San Francisco, $204,698
3. Brett McRae, Charlotte, $100

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clean MI (Pro-Part-Time Legislature)

Campaign disclosures cover: Through April 20, 2018

What it is: This is a proposal campaign to amend the Michigan Constitution to require a part-time Legislature. Under the proposal, the Legislature must complete its work by April 15 of each year.

How much has it raised: $1.70 million ($1.33 million in direct contributions and $377,173 in in-kind)

How much has it spent: $1.32 million

How many individual contributions has it reported: 889 contributions

Top contributors:

1. Fund for Michigan Jobs, nonprofit, Lansing, $1.05 million
2. MI PAC, in-kind advertisements, $301,224
3. Capital Sales Company, Hazel Park, $100,000
4. William Parfet, Hickory Corners, $100,000
5. Direct Mailers Integration, Grand Rapids, in-kind, $37,497
6. Hard Data LLC, Grand Rapids, $36,000
7. Victory Phones, Grand Rapids, in-kind, $35,648
8. Harold Blumenstein, Paragon Properties Company, Bingham Farms, $5,000
9. Roco Real Estate, Bloomfield Hills, $4,000
10. Vertical Strategies, Grand Rapids, in-kind $2,600