By THE MICHIGAN CAMPAIGN FINANCE NETWORK
LANSING (July 29, 2019) — House Speaker Lee Chatfield and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey are the two most powerful lawmakers in the state Legislature. And they also appear to be donors’ favorites so far in 2019.
According to a review of new campaign finance disclosures, Chatfield, a Republican from Levering, and Shirkey, a Republican from Clarklake, reported raising the most money of all current state lawmakers in 2019 as of July 20.
Chatfield reported a net total of $433,695 in contributions across his campaign account and three leadership political action committees (PACs). Shirkey reported a net total of $185,535 in contributions across his campaign account and two leadership PACs. In these totals, the Michigan Campaign Finance Network (MCFN) didn’t include dollars transferred from one account run by a lawmaker to another account run by the same lawmaker.
Lawmakers use campaign committees to fund their runs for office. They generally use PACs to support like-minded candidates and other political causes.
According to MCFN’s review, 10 state lawmakers have raised at least $100,000 so far this year. Of the 10, eight are Republicans, and two are Democrats. The PAC fundraising disclosures generally cover from Jan. 1, 2019, through July 20, 2019. The campaign fundraising disclosures general cover from Nov. 27, 2018, through July 20, 2019. The new disclosures were due on Thursday, July 25.
Below is a list of the lawmakers who have raised the most money and which donors have been giving those lawmakers the most money.
Committees: Lee Chatfield for State Representative; Chatfield Majority Fund; Chatfield Majority Fund 2; Chatfield Majority Fund 3
Note: Chatfield appears to be the only current state lawmaker with three active PACs. The setup could allow him to make three maximum contributions to candidates he supports.
1. Ronald Weiser, McKinley Associates, $50,000
2. Paola Luptak, Beztak Companies, $41,975
3. John W. Kenderick, Pollack Randall Funeral Homes, $40,000
4. Peter Secchia, Grand Rapids, $40,000
5. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, $10,500
Committees: Committee to Elect Mike Shirkey State Senate; Compete Michigan, Compete Michigan 2
Note: Shirkey’s top donor so far this year is John Kennedy, CEO of Autocam, has also been promoting a pension-bonding plan for the state’s budget, according to Crain’s Detroit.
1. John Kennedy, Autocam, $40,000
2. CMS Energy, $9,500
3. Blue Cross Blue Shield, $7,500
4. DTE Energy $6,600
5. Tom and Vicki Celani, Bloomfield Hills, $6,000
Committees: Committee to Elect Jason Wentworth; Wentworth Majority Fund
Note: Wentworth is expected to be the next House Republican leader and has been receiving heavy financial support in 2019.
1. Sharif Hussein, CNSI, $15,000
2. Matthew Moroun, Central Transport, $12,500
3. Blue Cross Blue Shield, $9,000
4. Jeff Gross, Tandem Logistics, $6,000
5. Comcast PAC, $5,000
Committees: Committee to Elect Donna Lasinski; Lasinski for Michigan
Note: Lasinski is considered a candidate to be the next House Democratic leader. She’s received heavy support from individuals who listed Consumers Energy as their employer. They’ve given $20,000 to her PAC so far this year.
1. Donna Lasinski, representative, $9,000
2. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, $7,000
3. Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Health PAC, $6,000
4. Operating Engineers Local 324, $5,000
5. Michigan Laborers Political League, $5,000
Committees: Roger Victory for State Senate; Victory Values Fund
Note: Victory was first elected to the Senate in 2018. His PAC has received contributions of $2,500 from 11 donors. The only PAC among them was DTE Energy.
1. William Payne, Alticor, $2,500
2. Peter Secchia, Universal Forest Products, $2,500
3. Roger Penske, Penske, $2,500
4. Noel Cuellar, Primera Plastics, $2,500
5. Doug DeVos, Alticor, $2,500
Committees: Peter J. Lucido for State Senator; Lucido for a Brighter Tomorrow
Note: Lucido is chair of the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee. His campaign committee has received at least $14,200 this year from donors involved in the bail business, according to disclosures.
1. Stavros Toma, Shelby Township, $10,000
2. Tom and Margie Parker, Parker General Agency, $4,200
3. Mark Aubrey, Motor City Pawn Brokers, $2,100
4. Craig Veenedall, Craig’s Bail Bonds, $2,000
5. Auto Dealers of Michigan PAC, $2,000
Committees: Jim Stamas for State Senate; Stamas Leadership PAC
Note: Stamas is the chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which is currently working to set the state's next budget.
1. Matthew T. Moroun, Centra, $10,000
2. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, $3,700
3. Health Care Association of Michigan, $3,500
4. Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association, MITA, $3,500
5. Conrad Kalitta, Kalitta Air, $2,500
Committees: Committee to Elect Peter MacGregor for State Senator; MAC PAC
Note: MacGregor is chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.
1. Peter Secchia, Grand Rapids, $10,000
2. Sharif Hussein, CNSI, $5,000
3. Mednax PAC, $5,000
4. Blue Cross Blue Shield PAC, $4,500
5. Realtors PAC, $3,500
Committee: Committee to Elect Shane Hernandez; Blue Water Liberty Fund
Note: Hernandez is chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, which is working to set the state's next budget.
1. Matthew Moroun, Central Transport, $15,000
2. Sharif Hussein, CNSI, $15,000
3. Mike Cox, Mike Cox Law Firm, $5,000
4. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan PAC, $2,000
5. Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association, $2,000
Committee: Committee to Elect Chris Greig; Strengthening Michigan Fund; Greig Women In Leadership Fund
Note: Greig is the highest ranking Democrat in the state House.
1. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan PAC, $6,000
2. Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters, $6,000
3. CMS Energy Employees for Better Government, $6,000
4. Michigan Credit Union League, $3,500
5. Comcast Corp. PAC, $3,000