Michigan Campaign Finance Network

Citizen's Guide: Independent spenders swamped candidates

SuperPACs, party administrative accounts and political nonprofit corporations outspent candidates' campaign committees in Michigan's most contested political campaigns of 2014. Details are contained in the Citizen's Guide to Michigan Campaign Finance 2014.

Michigan's failed system of accountablity

Michigan ranks 50th among the states in the 2015 State Intergity Investigation from the Center for Public Integrity.

Electricity interests have given officeholders $500K

While legislators make the "sausage" of rewriting state energy policy, electricity interests have given officeholders' political committees more than $500,000 since November 2014. See who has given what to whom.

Top state PACs have raised $14.9M thru October

Michigan's top 150 state political pction committees raised $14.9 million from January 1 through October 20, 2015. Check the list to see which PACs have real throw weight.

Lobbyists' spending strong, disclosure weak

Lansing lobbyists spent $21 million in the first seven months of 2015. Lobbying reports fail to reveal much of what citizens need to know to hold state government accountable

Dark Money and Justice

Michigan has a record of dark money spending in elections for offices related to the administration of justice like no other state in the union. A new report from the Michigan Campaign Finance Network shows the record, and examples of the dark money electioneering communications that are undermining public trust and confidence in the impartial administration of justice.

MCFN coverage of Campaign 2016