They’re Running For Attorney General, Secretary Of State And Supreme Court. But Who’s Been Funding Their Campaigns?

One Candidate For Attorney General And One Candidate For Secretary Of State Have Already Raised More Than $1 Million

 

By THE MICHIGAN CAMPAIGN FINANCE NETWORK


LANSING (AUG. 22 ,2018) — This fall, Michigan voters will pick a new attorney general and secretary of state. They’ll also fill two seats on the state’s highest court. Candidates applying for the jobs have already combined to raise about $5.4 million.

This weekend, the Michigan Democratic Party, the Michigan Libertarian Party and the Michigan Republican Party will hold conventions to officially select their nominees for the four positions and others.

The attorney general is the state’s top law enforcement officer. Republican Bill Schuette, who’s now running for governor, currently holds the job. The secretary of state oversees state elections. Republican Ruth Johnson, who is term-limited, currently has that position.

The two Supreme Court seats up for election this year are held by Kurtis Wilder and Elizabeth Clement, who were appointed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder. Both are hoping voters re-elect them. There are seven total seats on the Michigan Supreme Court (justices nominated or appointed by Republicans hold five seats while justices nominated by Democrats hold two seats).

The following is a summary of how much money candidates for the positions have raised and who their top six donors have been, according to campaign finance disclosures. As a note, some of the candidates mentioned below have halted their campaigns.


ATTORNEY GENERAL

Tom Leonard (R)

Who He is: He is currently the speaker of the Michigan House.
Amount Raised Direct Contributions: $1,186,978
Amount Raised In-Kind Contributions: $6,162
Cash Available As Of Aug. 9: $910,601

1. Tom Leonard State Representative Campaign, $289,159
2. Michigan Values Leadership Fund, Tom Leonard, $54,500  
3. Michigan Values Leadership Fund II, Tom Leonard, $47,500
4. Chatfield Majority Fund, Lee Chatfield, $40,000
5. Growing Michigan PAC, Dan Lauwers, $15,000
6. Nicholson family, PVS Chemicals, $13,600

Dana Nessel (D)

Who She Is: She is the managing partner of Nessel & Kessel Law.
Amount Raised Direct Contributions: $743,221
Amount Raised In-Kind Contributions: $32,506
Cash Available As Of Aug. 10: $311,218

1. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, $34,000
2. Michigan Education Association, MEA PAC, $20,000
3. Bernstein Family PAC, $10,000
4. Bernstein family, individuals, $13,600
5. Nessel family, California, $13,600
6. Greenspan family, Ohio, $13,600

Tonya Schuitmaker (R)

Who She Is: She is a member of the Michigan Senate.
Amount Raised Direct Contributions: $603,730
Amount Raised In-Kind Contributions: $756
Cash Available As Of Aug. 9: $328,175

1. Tonya Schuitmaker, state senator, $200,000
2. Tonya Schuitmaker for State Senate, $200,000
3. Balkema family, Azo Services LLC, $27,200
4. Schuitmaker for Michigan, $25,000
5. William and Barbara Parfet, MPI Research, $13,600
6. Schuitmaker family, Lawton, $13,600

Patrick Miles (D)

NOTE: He stopped his campaign after the Democrats’ April endorsement convention.
Amount Raised Direct Contributions: $508,725
Amount Raised In-Kind Contributions: $11,957

1. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, $10,000
2. Rachel Bendit and Mark Bernstein, Ann Arbor, $6,893
3. Brett Hart, United Airlines, $6,800
4. Kate Pew Wolters, Kate Richard Wolters Foundation, $6,800
5. Michael Elliot, health care, $6,800
6. Patrick Miles, attorney, $6,048

 


MICHIGAN SECRETARY OF STATE

Jocelyn Benson (D)

Who She Is: She is the former dean of the Wayne State University Law School.
Amount Raised Direct Contributions: $1,022,111
Amount Raised In-Kind Contributions: $27,138
Cash Available As Of Aug. 10: $837,547

1. Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters, $55,000
2. United Auto Workers, $50,000
3. AFSCME AFL-CIO, $34,000
4. Jocelyn Benson, CEO RISE, $22,969
5. Michigan Education Association PAC, $20,000
6. Emily’s List $15,000

Mary Treder Lang (R)

Who She Is: She is a member of the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents.
Amount Raised Direct Contributions: $266,610
Amount Raised In-Kind Contributions: $1,855
Cash Available As Of Aug. 9: $30,028

1. DeVos family, Amway, $40,800
2. Linda and Michael Morris, Northville, $13,600
3. John and Marlene Boll, St. Clair Shores, $13,600
4. Anthony Soave, Soave Enterprises, $6,800
5. C. Michael Kojaian, Kojaian Management, $6,800
6. Terri Lynn Land, Green Light Management, $6,800

Stan Grot (R)

NOTE: He withdrew from the race earlier this month.
Amount Raised Direct Contributions: $144,618
Amount Raised In-Kind Contributions: $8,659
Cash Available: $10,664

1. Previous Stan Grot Candidate Committee, $31,000
2. Stan Grot for Michigan Republicans, $24,100
3. Stan Grot, Shelby Township clerk, $14,100
4. Ross Lewicki, Hubbell Ryan Auto Parts, $6,000
5. 9th Congressional Republican District Committee, $5,000
6. John DiGiuseppe, Mirage Elegant Banquets/Catering, $4,409

Joseph Guzman (R)

Who He Is: He is an assistant professor at Michigan State University.
Amount Raised Direct Contributions: $16,343
Amount Raised In-Kind Contributions: $20,551
Cash Available As Of Aug. 9: $2,768

1. Joseph Guzman, assistant professor, $20,651
2. John Andrews, Virginia, $6,800
3. Raad and Vincent Ayar, construction, $3,000
4. Kevin Whiteford, Whiteford Wealth Management, $500
5. Melania Dart, Dart Bank, $500
6. Peggy Delacruz, East Lansing, $500

Gregory Stempfle (L)

He has a waiver from reporting requirements.

 


MICHIGAN SUPREME COURT

Samuel Bagenstos (D)

Who He Is: He is a former principal deputy assistant attorney general for civil rights at the Department of Justice.
Amount Raised Direct Contributions: $395,450
Amount Raised In-Kind Contributions: $823
Cash Available As Of Aug. 10: $320,903

1. Samuel Bagenstos, professor, $60,143
2. American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, $15,000
3. Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters, $10,000
4. Vernon Johnson, lawyer, $6,800
5. David Ellen, Charter Communications, $6,800
6. Christopher DeLong, Taconic Capital Advisors, $6,800

Elizabeth Clement (R)

Who She Is: She is a member of the Supreme Court who previously worked in Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration.
Amount Raised Direct Contributions: $227,964
Amount Raised In-Kind Contributions: $2,829
Cash Available As Of Aug. 9: $169,635

1. Michigan Chamber PAC, $15,000
2. Ronald and Eileen Weiser, McKinley Associates, $13,500
3. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, $10,000
4. Mark Murray, Meijer, $6,800
5. Miller Canfield, $5,250
6. Automobile Club PAC, $5,000

Kurtis Wilder (R)

Who He Is: He is a member of the Supreme Court who previously served on the Michigan Court of Appeals.
Amount Raised Direct Contributions: $192,090
Amount Raised In-Kind Contributions: $3,425
Cash Available As Of Aug. 9: $138,301

1. Michigan Chamber PAC, $15,000
2. Lindsay and Matthew Moroun, Centra, $13,600
3. Ronald and Eileen Weiser, McKinley Associates, $13,500
4. Mark Murray, Meijer, $6,800
5. Barry Howard, attorney, $6,800
6. Automobile Club PAC, $5,000

Megan Kathleen Cavanagh (D)

Who She Is: She has 15 years of experience as an appellate attorney.
Amount Raised Direct Contributions: $112,855
Amount Raised In-Kind Contributions: $16,506
Cash Available As Of Aug. 10: $84,372

1. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, $15,000
2. Michigan Association for Justice, $8,317
3. Geoffrey Feiger, attorney, $6,500
4. International Brother of Electrical Workers, $5,000
5. Lee Steinberg, attorney, $4,225
6. Robert Garvey, attorney, $3,370

 

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