Michigan Campaign Finance Network

Lobbying 2014: Spending up, disclosure poor

Lobbyists' spending topped $20 million in the first seven months of 2014, up by 2.5% compared to 2013. That spending included $442,000 for wining and dining public officials. Yet, plenty of important information about lobbyists' spending can't be known.

Incumbents hold wide finance advantage over challengers for statewide offices

Incumbents nominees for statewide office continue to hold a wide campaign finance advantage over their challengers for the November election, according to reports filed with the Michigan Bureau of Elections. Candidates for attorney general, secretary of state, lieutenant governor and justice of the supreme court have filed post-convention reports that cover the reporting period through September 12th.

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 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.

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