Michigan Campaign Finance Network

Top donors behind statewide candidates

In many cases the donors to leading statewide candidates are individuals - who share an employer or a family tie. Read how individual donors connect to corporations, law firms and interest groups.

Legislative candidates' fundraising on record pace

Candidates for the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives have reported raising $20.3 million so far this election cycle. That total is up by more than 16 percent compared to 2010 , the last time both chambers of the legislature were on the ballot.

Top PACs' fundraising up 45%

Michigan's top 150 state PACs are setting a blistering fundraising pace in the 2014 election cycle. They have raised $39.55 million so far, which is 44.7 percent more than the top 150 state PACs had raised at this point in the 2012 election cycle.

Self-funding huge in congressional primaries

Michigan candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives raised $7 million in the 2nd quarter of 2014. Self-funding by candidates is a major factor in the 3rd, 4th and 11th District primaries.

Independent spenders dominating statewide campaigns

Independent spenders are dominating television advertising related to Michigan's principal statewide political campaigns. Through June 30th, the candidates for governor and United States senator account for less than $4 million out of a total of $17.9 million spent for TV in the campaigns.

Democracy Deformed

As a population, we don't get the representation we vote for. In Michigan's 2012 congressional elections, Republican votes yielded twice as much representation as Democratic votes. That was a highly effective partisan gerrymander.

Descending into Dark Money

Record spending and a continuing trend of diminishing accountability for that spending were the major features of Michigan's 2012 state election campaigns. Details are contained in the 2012 Citizen's Guide to Michigan Campaign Finance, released by the Michigan Campaign Finance Network (MCFN).

MCFN coverage of Campaign 2014