Citizen's Guide: Independent spenders swamped candidates
SuperPACs, party administrative accounts and political nonprofit corporations outspent candidates' campaign committees in Michigan's most contested political campaigns of 2014. Details are contained in the Citizen's Guide to Michigan Campaign Finance 2014.
- Press Release: Citizen's Guide 2014: Independents spenders swamped candidates
- Citizen's Guide to Michigan Campaign Finance 2014
Michigan's failed system of accountablity
Michigan ranks 50th among the states in the 2015 State Intergity Investigation from the Center for Public Integrity.
Electricity interests have given officeholders $500K
While legislators make the "sausage" of rewriting state energy policy, electricity interests have given officeholders' political committees more than $500,000 since November 2014. See who has given what to whom.
- Press Release: Electricity interests have given officeholders $500K
- Electricity Interests' Contributions, 11/2014-10/2015
Top state PACs have raised $14.9M thru October
Michigan's top 150 state political pction committees raised $14.9 million from January 1 through October 20, 2015. Check the list to see which PACs have real throw weight.
Lobbyists' spending strong, disclosure weak
Lansing lobbyists spent $21 million in the first seven months of 2015. Lobbying reports fail to reveal much of what citizens need to know to hold state government accountable
- Press Release: Lobbyists spend $21M - disclosure is poor
- Top 200 Michigan Lobbyists, Jan.-July 2015
- Lobbyists' Supplemental Nutrition Assistance for Politicians, Jan.-July 2015
Dark Money and Justice
Michigan has a record of dark money spending in elections for offices related to the administration of justice like no other state in the union. A new report from the Michigan Campaign Finance Network shows the record, and examples of the dark money electioneering communications that are undermining public trust and confidence in the impartial administration of justice.