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.


 

 

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

Campaign disclosures cover: Through Feb. 10, 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: $1.48 million ($783,070 direct contributions and $706,399 in in-kind contributions)

How much has it spent: $779,362

How many individual contributions has it reported: about 620 contributions

Top contributors:

1. Marijuana Policy Project, Washington D.C, $304,205
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 Feb. 10, 2018

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

How much has it raised: $150,200 ($150,200 direct contributions and $0 in-kind contributions)

How much has it spent: $37,629

How many individual contributions has it reported: 4 contributions

Top contributors:

1. Smart Approaches to Marijuana Action, Virginia, $150,000
2. Jeff Fuss, Jenison, $100
3. Paul Tomasko, Troy, $50
4. John Kroneck, Lakeview, $50

 

 

 

 


 

 

Michigan One Fair Wage (Pro-Minimum Wage Increase)

Campaign disclosures cover: Through Feb. 10, 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: $811,922 ($720,700 direct contributions and $91,222 in-kind contributions)

How much has it spent: $416,549

How many individual contributions has it reported: 123 contributions

Top contributors:

1. Raise Michigan, another proposal campaign, Royal Oak, $297,648
2. Restaurant Opportunities Center United, New York, $200,000
3. Restaurant Opportunities Center, Detroit, $132,775
4. Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan, $75,000
5. Restaurant Opportunities Center Action, $57,500
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

 

 


 

 

Clean MI (Pro-Part-Time Legislature)

Campaign disclosures cover: Through Feb. 10, 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: $1.31 million

How many individual contributions has it reported: 876 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

 

 

 

Citizens Protecting Michigan's Constitution (Anti-Part-Time Legislature)

Campaign disclosures cover: Through Feb. 10, 2018

What it is: This is a ballot committee that has run 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: $136,630 ($135,000 in direct contributions and $1,630 in in-kind contributions)

How much has it spent: $32,335

How many individual contributions has it reported: 6 contributions

Top contributors:

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. Michigan Chamber of Commerce, $370

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Protecting Michigan Taxpayers (Pro-Prevailing Wage Repeal)

Campaign disclosures cover: Through Feb. 10, 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: $1.47 million ($1.44 million direct contributions and $35,549 in-kind contributions)

How much has it spent: $1.39 million

How many individual contributions has it reported: 21 contributions

Top contributors:

1. Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan, Lansing, $1,235,268
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 Feb. 10, 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: $513,290 ($353,650 direct contributions, $159,639 in-kind contributions); it also started the year with $58,622

How much has it spent: $356,504

How many individual contributions has it reported: 68 contributions

Top contributors:

1. Michigan Building and Construction Trades, Detroit, $177,250
2. National Electrical Contractors Association, Michigan chapter, $75,812
3. Michigan Laborers District Council, Lansing, $63,506
4. Mid Michigan Electrical Alliance, Lansing, $59,650
5. Plumbers Local 190, Ann Arbor, $30,000
6. Michigan Pipe Trade Association PAC, Flushing, $25,000
7. Michigan Carpenters, $15,000
8. Mid Michigan Construction Alliance, Mason, $12,000
9. Associated General Contractors, Lansing, $10,664
10. Lansing NECA-IBEW, Lansing, $4,000

 


 

Voters Not Politicians (Pro-Redistricting Reform)

Campaign disclosures cover: Through Feb. 10, 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: $725,620 ($574,990 direct contributions and $150,630 in in-kind contributions)

How much has it spent: $303,588

How many individual contributions has it reported: about 8,404 contributions

Top contributors:

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

 


 

 

 

MI Time To Care (Pro-Earned Sick Leave)

Campaign disclosures cover: Through Feb. 10, 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: $988,464 ($800,010 direct contributions and $188,454 in-kind contributions)

How much has it spent: $723,277

How many individual contributions has it reported: 39 contributions

Top contributors:

1. Sixteen Thirty Fund, Washington D.C., $530,840
2. The Fairness Project, Washington D.C., $209,715
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

 

 


 

 

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

Campaign disclosures cover: Through Feb. 10, 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: $163,631 ($81,000 direct contributions and $82,631 in-kind contributions)

How much has it spent: $33,801

How many individual contributions has it reported: 19 contributions

Top contributors:

1. American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, $150,940
2. American Civil Liberties Union, New York, $9,061
3. Rachel Bandit, Ann Arbor, $1,400
4. Michigan League for Public Policy, $1,229
5. Detroit Branch NAACP, $1,000