Posts tagged 2007 News

Meijer's failed coup d'etat

Acme Township Treasurer William Boltres has gotten relief in a case of dueling lawsuits with Grand Rapids-based Meijer, Inc. Meijer had sued Boltres and three other Acme Township Board members in May 2006, alleging conflicts of interest in their decision on a land-use permit for a proposed Meijer st... read more

posted on 12/26/2007

Leadership PACs are big winners in October reports

LANSING – Michigan’s top political action committees continue to show a robust capacity to raise money, but the top 150 state PACs are slightly behind the pace of the 2006 election cycle. The top 150 PACs so far this cycle have raised $13,460,264 through October 20, 2007. The top 150 PACs had ra... read more

posted on 10/30/2007

Here we go again: A $20M Supreme Court campaign?

LANSING – A nasty, noisy and ridiculously expensive Michigan Supreme Court election campaign may be in the offing once again in 2008. Chief Justice Clifford Taylor and Michigan Democratic Party chairman Mark Brewer have both raised the possibility of a $20 million campaign next year when Chief Jus... read more

posted on 10/22/2007

Surprise! Lobbyists' spending up (again)

LANSING – Reported expenditures by Michigan lobbyists totaled $17,736,907 from January 1 through July 31, 2007, according to reports filed with the Michigan Department of State. That total is up by four percent compared to the same period in 2006. “The interest groups have been working very h... read more

posted on 10/03/2007

Top PACs beat record fundraising pace of 2006 cycle

LANSING -- Money continues to flow in the Lansing political marketplace. The top 150 political action committees (PACs) have raised $9,558,690 through July 20th this year. That pace is just slightly ahead of the 2005-2006 election cycle, when the top 150 PACs had raised $9,538,880 through the July 2... read more

posted on 07/30/2007

Michigan political campaigns topped $192 million in 2006

LANSING – Political campaigns in Michigan raised and spent over $192 million in the 2006 election cycle. Data and analysis for the record-breaking campaign spending are compiled in the 2006 Citizen’s Guide to Michigan Campaign Finance, released today by the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. ... read more

posted on 07/18/2007

Roberts' New Rules

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Federal Election Commission. v. Wisconsin Right to Life, Inc. effectively eviscerates one of the two major provisions of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002. Writing for the 5-4 majority, Chief Justice John Robert’s opinion gives corporations and union... read more

posted on 06/26/2007

Michigan lobbyists spent $29.9 million in 2006

LANSING – State lobbyists reported $29.9 million in lobbying expenditures in 2006. That figure is up by 28.2 percent compared to the last gubernatorial-election year of 2002 when lobbyists’ spending totaled $23.3 million. Reported spending included $450,994 for food and beverages. Multi-clien... read more

posted on 02/26/2007

Top 150 PACs raised $51.9 million in 2006 cycle

LANSING – Michigan’s top 150 political action committees raised $51.9 million in the 2006 election cycle. That total is up by 55 percent compared to the fundraising totals for the top 150 in the 2002 and 2004 election cycles when the totals were $33.2 million and $33.4 million, respectively. ... read more

posted on 02/07/2007