LANSING - Proponents of Michigan's Proposal 1 of 2015 have a wide financial advantage over committees opposed to the proposal. Records filed with the Michigan Bureau of Elections for contributions made through April 23 to the proponents' committee, Safe Roads Yes, show that the committee has raised $8,658,349. The main financial backer of Safe Roads Yes is MITA, the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association. MITA has contributed $5,571,230 to the committee through April 23rd.
Three committees that have registered to oppose Proposal 1 have raised a total of $195,527. The Coalition Against Higher Taxes and Special Interest Deals has raised $172,555, of which $161,535 was contributed by Paul Mitchell III, who self-funded $3.56 million while running unsuccessfully in the 4th Congressional District Republican primary in 2014. Concerned Taxpayers of Michigan has raised $12,092. Citizens Against Middle Class Tax Increases has raised $10,880, of which $10,000 was contributed by the political consultant John Yob of Grand Rapids.
Updated to reflect amended pre-election report by Coalition Against Higher Taxes and Special Interest Deals.