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.

37th Senate District, Sen. Wayne Schmidt

37TH SENATE DISTRICT (A portion of Northern Michigan)

Current senator: The curren senator for the 37th District is Sen. Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City). The 37th District features Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Emmet,Grand Traverse, Mackinac and Luce counties. According to the Senate Republicans, Schmidt is chair of the Senate Commerce Committee, vice-chair of Economic Development and International Investment and a member of the Agriculture, Insurance, Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, and Legislative Council committees.

A map of the 37th District is available here.

Sen. Wayne Schmidt raises money through a candidate committee, Wayne Schmidt for State Senate and a leadership PAC, Wayne Schmidt Leadership Fund. Schmidt has been linked to an administrative account, Northland Administrative, which hasn't disclosed its donors.

TALLY: Top Disclosed Donors To Sen. Schmidt And Connected Committees From 2011 Until The Present:

1. Wayne Schmidt, $53,447

2. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan PAC, $29,750

3. DTE Energy PAC, $23,150

4. CMS Energy PAC, $21,750

5. Moving Michigan Forward Fund II, Arlan Meekhof, $21,500

6. Michigan Association of Realtors, Realtors PAC, $21,200

7. Michigan Chamber of Commerce PAC, $20,450

8. Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Health PAC, $20,025

9. Moving Michigan Forward Fund, Arlan Meekhof, $20,000

10. DeVos family, Amway, $18,000


DETAILED LISTS:

Top donors to Wayne Schmidt for State Senate for 2017-2018:

1. DTE Energy PAC, $3,800
2. Stamas Leadership PAC, Jim Stamas, $2,018
3. Michigan Manufactured Housing/RV PAC, $2,000
4. MAC PAC, Peter MacGregor, $2,000
5. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, $1,500
6. Ford Motor Company Civic PAC, $1,250
7. West Shore Majority Fund, Goeff Hansen, $1,000
8. Michigan Credit Union League Action Fund, $1,000
9. Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Health PAC, $1,000
10. Michigan State Police Troopers PAC, $1,000
11. MI Bank PAC, Michigan Bankers Association, $1,000
12. Michigan Action Committee for Rural Electrification, $1,000
13. Michigan Association of Chiropractors, $1,000
14. Michigan Association of Realtors, Realtors PAC, $1,000
15. Michigan State Police Troopers PAC, $1,000
16. Friends of Farmers Insurance, $1,000
17. Dennis Ware, retired, $1,000
18. Margaret Doud, Mackinac Island mayor, $1,000

Top donors to the Wayne Schmidt Leadership Fund for 2017-2018:

1. CMS Energy Employees for Better Government, $2,000
2. Delta PAC, $2,000
3. Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, MICPA, $1,500
4. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan PAC, $1,270
5. Realtors PAC, Michigan Association of Realtors, $1,000
6. Detroit Regional Chamber PAC, $1,000
7. Michigan Chamber PAC, $1,000
8. Clark Hill PAC, $1,000
9. Comcast Corp. & NBC Universal PAC, $1,000
10. MI BANK PAC, Bankers Association, $1,000
11. Michigan Association of Insurance Agents, MAIA PAC, $1,000
12. Health PAC, Michigan Health & Hospital Association, $1,000
13. MAC PAC, $1,000
14. Michigan Credit Union League Action Fund, $1,000
15. Michigan Manufactured Housing RV and Campground, $1,000
16. General Motors PAC, $1,000
17. Marathon Petroleum PAC, $1,000
18. Auto Dealers of Michigan, $1,000

Top donors to Wayne Schmidt for State Senate for 2015-2016:

1. Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Health PAC, $6,100
2. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan PAC, $4,800
3. DTE Energy PAC, $4,600
4. Michigan Bankers Association PAC, $4,250
5. General Motors PAC, $4,250
6. CMS Energy PAC, $4,000
7. Ford Motor Company Civic Action PAC, $3,300
8. Michigan Realtors Association, Realtors PAC, $3,150
9. Auto Dealers of Michigan, $3,000
10. Telecommunications Of Michigan PAC, $2,450
11. SEMCO Energy PAC, $2,150
12 Matthew T. Schmidt, $2,000
13. Michigan Association of CPAs, $2,000
14. Michigan Association for Justice, $2,000
15. Mark Glynn, $2,000
16. Federal Express PAC, $2,000
17. Comerica PAC, $2,000

Top donors to the Wayne Schmidt Leadership Fund for 2015-2016:

1. William Demmer, Demmer Properties, $12,000
2. Business Leaders for Michigan, $5,000
3. Comcast Corp & NBC PAC, $2,500
4. Michelle Carroll, West Bloomfield, $2,500
5. Michigan State Police Troopers PAC, $2,500
6. Michigan State Police Retirees PAC, $1,750
7. Michigan Chamber PAC, $1,000
8. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan PAC, $1,000
9. General Motors PAC, $1,000
10. CMS Consumers Energy, $1,000
11. Clark Hill PAC, $1,000

Top known donors to Northland Administrative for 2013-2015 (disclosed by the donors themselves):

1. Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, $3,000
2. CVS Health, $1,000
3. 3M, $1,000

Top donors to Wayne Schmidt for State Senate for 2013-2014:

1. Wayne Schmidt, $53,447
2. Moving Michigan Forward Fund (Arlan Meekhof), $20,000
3. Moving Michigan Forward Fund II (Arlan Meekhof), $20,000
4. DeVos family, $18,000
5. Michigan Association of Realtors, Realtors PAC, $12,050
6. CMS Energy Employees for Better Government, $11,000
7. (Jase) Bolger Restore Michigan Fund, $10,000
8. Michigan Chamber of Commerce PAC, $9,200
9. DTE Energy Co. PAC, $9,000
10. Auto Dealers of Michigan PAC, $8,600
11. Meijer PAC, $7,500
12. Business Leaders for Michigan PAC, $6,000
13. Michigan Health & Hospital Association Health PAC, $6,000
14. Common Sense Leadership Fund (John Walsh), $5,000
15. Compete Michigan PAC (Mike Shirkey), $5,000
16. County Road Association RUSH PAC, $5,000
17. Michigan Jobs Fund (Roger Kahn), $5,000
18. (Randy) Richardville Leadership Fund, $5,000
19. Saginaw PAC (Roger Kahn), $5,000
20. Michigan Association of Health Plans PAC, MAHP PAC, $4,400
21. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan PAC, $4,200

Top donors to the Wayne Schmidt Leadership Fund 2011-2014:

1. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan PAC, $13,500
2. Michigan Chamber PAC, $5,000
3. Business Leaders for Michigan PAC, $5,000
4. Michigan Bankers Association PAC, $5,000
5. Comcast PAC, $4,000
6. Michigan Credit Union League Action Fund, $2,000
7. Auto Dealers PAC, $1,000
8. Meijer PAC, $1,000
9. David Kelley, $1,000
10. Marathon Petroleum PAC, $1,000
11. Joshua Katke, $1,000
12. Axcess Financial Services, $1,000
13. Michigan Nurse Anesthetists PAC, $500
14. Community Mental Health PAC, $500
15. Michigan Propane Gas PAC, $400

Top donors to Wayne Schmidt State House campaign for 2011-2012:

1. DTE Energy Co. PAC, $5,000
2. Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters PAC, $5,000
3. Operating Engineers Local 324 PAC, $5,000
4. Michigan Association of Realtors, Realtors PAC, $5,000
5. Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Health PAC, $4,925
6. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, BCBSM PAC, $4,500
7. Michigan Credit Union League Action Fund, $3,475
8. CMS Energy Employees for Better Government, $3,250
9. Telecommunications Association of Michigan PAC, $2,375
10. AT&T Michigan PAC, $2,000

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.