Michigan Campaign Finance Network

Candidates for Legislature have raised $22.9M

Candidates for the Michigan House and Senate have raised $22.9 million. Only five percent of winners in the August primaries defeated an opponent with superior finances. Money isn't everything, but it matters a lot

Independent spenders continue to dominate Senate, gubernatorial campaigns

Michiganders have seen $29 million in TV ads for the U.S. Senate and gubernatorial campaigns so far this year - and there will be plenty more before Election Day. The candidates have paid $7 million for TV time. Do you know who is paying for the majority of the messages you're seeing?

Top donors behind statewide candidates

In many cases the donors to leading statewide candidates are individuals - who share an employer or a family tie. Read how individual donors connect to corporations, law firms and interest groups.

Top PACs' fundraising up 45%

Michigan's top 150 state PACs are setting a blistering fundraising pace in the 2014 election cycle. They have raised $39.55 million so far, which is 44.7 percent more than the top 150 state PACs had raised at this point in the 2012 election cycle.

Self-funding huge in congressional primaries

Michigan candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives raised $7 million in the 2nd quarter of 2014. Self-funding by candidates is a major factor in the 3rd, 4th and 11th District primaries.

Democracy Deformed

As a population, we don't get the representation we vote for. In Michigan's 2012 congressional elections, Republican votes yielded twice as much representation as Democratic votes. That was a highly effective partisan gerrymander.

Descending into Dark Money

Record spending and a continuing trend of diminishing accountability for that spending were the major features of Michigan's 2012 state election campaigns. Details are contained in the 2012 Citizen's Guide to Michigan Campaign Finance, released by the Michigan Campaign Finance Network (MCFN).

MCFN coverage of Campaign 2014