Donor Tracking: Who's Funding Your Representative

Following The Money: This page is designed to help the public find out who’s funding their elected officials. The information shows state officeholders' top donors over time across a variety of giving methods. The data comes from the Secretary of State’s database and IRS filings.

The data was last updated May 7, 2019. For candidate committees, the numbers cover through Nov. 26, 2018. For political action committees (PACs) connected to officeholders, the numbers cover through April 20, 2019.

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Attorney General Dana Nessel

About: Dana Nessel is Michigan's attorney general. Nessel, a Democrat from Plymouth, won the position in an election in 2018 and took office in January 2019. In the November 2018 election, she defeated Republican Tom Leonard, then-speaker of the House.

According to her Facebook page, she had 25 years of legal experience before becoming attorney general. She began her career as assistant prosecutor in the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. In 2005, she left the prosecutor’s office to start her own law firm. In 2012, Nessel "spearheaded the precedent-setting case, DeBoer v. Snyder, which challenged the bans on adoption and marriage for same-sex couples in Michigan," the Facebook page said.

Attorney General Nessel raises money through a candidate committee, Friends of Dana Nessel. It formed August 2017.

TALLY: Top Disclosed Donors In Support Of Nessel And Connected Committees From 2017 To Present

1. United Auto Workers Michigan PAC, $68,000

2. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, $68,000

3. Democratic Attorneys General Association (in-kind), $56,800

4. Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters, $40,000

5. Bernstein family and Bernstein Family PAC, law firm, $30,400

6. Michigan Education Association, MEA PAC, $30,000

7. Michigan Association for Justice, $30,000

8. Amy and Morgan Fowler, New York, $13,600

9. Brianne and Daniel Ziff, New York, $13,600

10. Nessel family, California, $13,600

 


 

DETAILED LISTS

Top donors to Friends of Dana Nessel for 2017-2018:

1. United Auto Workers Michigan PAC, $68,000
2. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, $68,000
3. Democratic Attorneys General Association (in-kind), $56,800
4. Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters, $40,000
5. Bernstein family and Bernstein Family PAC, law firm, $30,400
6. Michigan Education Association, MEA PAC, $30,000
7. Michigan Association for Justice, $30,000
8. Amy and Morgan Fowler, New York, $13,600
9. Brianne and Daniel Ziff, New York, $13,600
10. Nessel family, California, $13,600
11. Teamsters Local 283, $10,000
12. Miller Canfield, $10,000
13. NARAL, $10,000
14. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, IBEW, $10,000

 

Campaign finance reports can be found in the Michigan Secretary of State's campaign finance database. If you see an error in the above data, please contact us at mcfn@mcfn.org.

 

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