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 Jan. 7, 2019, covering disclosures through Nov. 26, 2018.

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29th Senate District, Sen. Winnie Brinks

29TH SENATE DISTRICT (A portion of Kent County)

Current senator: The current senator for the 29th District is Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids). The district includes Ada Township, Bowne Township, Caledonia Township, Cascade Township, East Grand Rapids city, Grand Rapids city, Grand Rapids Township, Lowell city and Lowell Township. Brinks was elected to the Michigan House in 2012.

Sen. Brinks was first elected to the Michigan Senate in 2018, taking office in 2019.

A map of the 29th District is available here.

Sen. Brinks raises money through a candidate committee, CTE Winnie Brinks for Senate. She previously raised money through a House candidate committee, CTE Winnie Brinks.

TALLY: Top Disclosed Donors To Brinks And Connected Committees From 2011 Through Today

1. Michigan House Democratic Fund, $411,552

2. Michigan Senate Democratic Fund, $272,732

3. United Auto Workers, UAW Michigan Voluntary PAC, $42,500

4. Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters PAC,  $32,489

5. Michigan Education Association, MEA PAC, $32,350

6. Teamsters Local 406 PAC, $32,000

7. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, IBEW PAC, $27,600

8. Michigan Progressive Women’s Alliance of West Michigan, $24,000

9. Operating Engineers Local 324, $23,500

10. Michigan Association for Justice, Justice PAC, $14,550


DETAILED LISTS:

Top donors to CTE Winnie Brinks for Senate for 2017-2018:

1. Michigan Senate Democratic Fund, $272,732
2. CTE WInnie Brinks, state House committee, $69,454
3. United Auto Workers Voluntary PAC, $20,500
4. Michigan Education Association, MEA PAC, $16,250
5. Michigan Progressive Women’s Alliance of West Michigan, $14,000
6. Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters, $13,439
7. Operating Engineers Local 324, $12,500
8. Emily’s List, $10,000
9. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, $9,250
10. West Michigan Progressive Donor PAC, $6,000
11. Ananich Senate Majority Fund, Jim Ananich, $5,500

Top donors to CTE Winnie Brinks for 2017-2018:

1. Teamsters 406 PAC, $10,000
2. Health PAC, Michigan Health & Hospital Association, $3,500
3. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, $3,250
4. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, IBEW PAC, $3,000
5. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan PAC, $3,000
6. Lewis family, Yesterdog, $2,000
7. Michigan Nurses Association, $2,000
8. Delta PAC, $2,000
9. Friends of Spectrum Health, $1,500
10. Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters, $1,500
11. Michigan Professional Firefighters, $1,250
12. CMS Energy, Consumers, $1,250

Top donors to CTE Winnie Brinks for 2015-2016:

1. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, IBEW, $6,450
2. Teamsters 406 PAC, $7,000
3. Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters, $6,250
4. Operating Engineers Local 324, $6,000
5. United Auto Workers Voluntary PAC, $6,000
6. West Michigan Progressive Donor PAC, $3,500
7. Grand Rapids Firefighters Union PAC, $3,000
8. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, $2,750
9. Business Leaders for Michigan PAC, $2,500
10. Hertel Take Back The Senate Fund, Curtis Hertel, $2,500
11. Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Health PAC, $2,250
12. Third Congressional District Democrats, $2,000
13. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan PAC, $2,000
14. Michigan Association for Justice, Justice PAC, $2,050
15. DTE Energy Company PAC, $1,810
16. Michigan Association for Justice, Justice PAC, $2,050

Top donors to CTE Winnie Brinks for 2013-2014:

1. Michigan House Democratic Fund, $411,552
2. Michigan Education Association, MEA PAC, $10,100
3. Michigan Association for Justice, Justice PAC, $10,000
4. Progressive Women’s Alliance of West Michigan, $10,000
5. United Auto Workers, UAW Michigan Voluntary PAC, $10,000
6. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, IBEW PAC, $9,400
7. (Brandon) Dillon Majority Fund, $8,150
8. Teamsters Local 406 PAC, $8,000
9. (Tim) Greimel for Michigan, $7,000
10. Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters PAC, $6,300
11. Michigan List, $5,000
12. Service Employees International Union, $5,000
13. United Food and Commercial Workers, $5,000

Top donors to CTE Winnie Brinks for 2011-2012:

1. (Brandon) Dillon Majority Fund, $5,000
2. Michigan Association for Justice, Justice PAC, $5,000
3. Michigan Education Association, MEA PAC, $5,000
4. Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters PAC, $5,000
5. Operating Engineers Local 324 PAC, $5,000
6. United Auto Workers, UAW Michigan Voluntary PAC, $5,000
7. United Food & Commercial Workers PAC, $5,000
8. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, $4,000
9. Jim Townsend Leadership PAC, $3,500
10. West Michigan Plumbers, Fitters & Serv. Trades PAC, $3,500

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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