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 their top donors over time across a variety of giving methods. The data comes from the Secretary of State’s database and IRS filings. You can search for an official through the search tool below.

The data was last updated Nov. 29, 2017.

70th House District, Rep. James Lower

70TH HOUSE DISTRICT (Montcalm County and portions of Gratiot County)

Current representative: The current representative for the 70th District is Rep. James Lower (R-Cedar Lake). The district features Montcalm County and portions of Gratiot County, including the cities of Alma and St. Louis. Lower was first elected to the Michigan House in 2016, taking office in 2017.

According to his official House biography, Lower worked as executive director for a consulting firm and was also a legislative assistant in both the Michigan House and Michigan Senate.

A map of the 70th District is available here.

Rep. Lower raises money through a candidate committee, The Committee to Elect James Lower. He is also connected to a leadership PAC, Central Michigan Conservative Leadership, which launched in June 2017.

TALLY: Top Disclosed Donors To Rep. Lower And Connected Committees From 2015 Through Today

1. James Lower, village manager, $16,500

2. DeVos family, Amway, $9,000

3. Montcalm County Republican Party, $5,000

4. Michigan Values Leadership Fund, Tom Leonard, $5,000

5. Chatfield Majority Fund, Lee Chatfield, $5,000

6. DTE Energy PAC, $4,500

7. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, $4,000

8. Michigan Farm Bureau PAC, $2,500

9. Michigan Jobs Fund, Roger Kahn, $2,500

10. CMS Energy Employees for Better Government, $2,500

11. Michigan Realtors Association, Realtors PAC, $2,500


DETAILED LISTS

Top donors to The Committee to Elect James Lower for 2017-2018:

1. CMS Energy Employees for Better Government, $1,500
2. Bill Wortz, lobbyist, $1,000
3. Michigan Realtors Association, Realtors PAC, $1,000
4. Michigan Bankers Association, MI BANK PAC, $1,000
5. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan PAC, $1,000
6. Growing Michigan, Dan Lauwers, $1,000
7. Michigan Action Committee for Rural Electrification, $1,000
8. Michigan Chamber PAC, $750
9. DTE Energy PAC, $500
10. Michigan Manufactured Housing, RV and Campground Association, $500
11. Comcast & NBC Universal, $500
12. American Council of Engineering Companies, $500
13. Great Lakes Bay PAC, $500
14. Auto Dealers of Michigan PAC, $500
15. AT&T Michigan PAC.
16. Telecommunications Association of Michigan PAC, $500
17. Meijer PAC, $500
18. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, $500
19. Friends of Spectrum Health, $500

Top donors to Central Michigan Conservative Leadership for 2017-2018:

1. Chatfield Majority Fund, Lee Chatfield, $5,000 2. DTE Energy PAC, $2,500
3. Michigan Jobs Fund, Roger Kahn, $2,500
4. Realtors PAC, Michigan Association of Realtors, $1,500
5. CMS Energy Employees for Better Government, $1,000
6. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, $1,000
7. Michigan Chamber PAC, $1,000
8. Phil Kohn, professor, $500
9. Auto Dealers of Michigan, $500
10. Telecommunications Association of Michigan, $500
11. Delta PAC, $500
12. Associated Builders & Contractors, $500
13. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, $500

Top donors to The Committee to Elect James Lower for 2015-2016:

1. James Lower, village manager, $16,500
2. DeVos family, $9,000
3. Montcalm County Republican Party, $5,000
4. Michigan Values Leadership Fund, Tom Leonard, $5,000
5. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, $3,000
6. Michigan Farm Bureau PAC, $2,500
7. DTE Energy PAC, $2,000
8. Kojaian family, Kojaian Management, $2,000
9. Haworth family, Haworth Inc., $2,000
10. Michigan Insurance Coalition, $1,500
11. Amerisure PAC, $1,500
12. Auto Dealers of Michigan PAC, $1,250

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.