Supreme Court candidates on campaign accountability
Members of the 2011-2012 Michigan Judicial Selection Task Force recently asked this year's Supreme Court candidates a single question: Do you support the recommendation of the nonpartisan Michigan Judicial Selection Task Force that individual contributors to the cost of all Supreme Court campaign advertising be publicly identified? Read the candidates' responses.
- Press Release: Supreme Court candidates on accountability for political advertising
- Michigan Supreme Court campaign finance summary, 1984 - 2012
- Report and recommendations of the Michigan Judicial Selection Task Force
Top Michigan Donors to RGA, DGA
Michigan voters have been exposed to a barrage of advertising about the gubernatorial candidates sponsored by the Republican Governors Association and the Democratic Governors Association. Know the Michigan-based interest groups and individuals who are fueling the RGA and DGA.
- Press Release: Top Michigan Donors to RGA, DGA
- Top Michigan Donors to the RGA, 01/2013-09/2014
- Top Michigan Donors to the DGA, 01/2013-09/2014
- Donors to the Governor's Club, 03/2011-09/2014
MI Congressional Candidates Have Rasied $26.45M
Michigan's active candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives had raised $26.45 million through September 30th. That total is up by 1.2 percent compared to the 2012 cycle.
- Press Release: Michigan Congressional Candidates Have Raised $26.45M
- Michigan Congressional Candidates Fundraising Summary, thru 9/30/2014
MI GOP Supreme Court Ad: Dark Money?
The Michigan Republican Party has launched the TV campaign for the 2014 Michigan Supreme Court election. Will their spending - and the donors behind it - ever be disclosed to the Michigan Bureau of Elections? Does it matter?
- Press Release: $600K MI GOP Supreme Court Ad: Is it Dark Money?
- Video: MI GOP Ad - How do you judge?
- Storyboard: MI GOP Ad - How do you judge?
Senate air war: $32.3M - and counting
Michigan's U.S. Senate candidates had been the subject of $32.3 million worth of TV ads by the end of September. Is this democracy or a billionaires' food fight?
- Press Release: MI Senate air war: $32.3 million - and counting
- MI U.S. Senate TV advertising, thru 9/29/2014
Gubernatorial air war: $19.2M - and counting
Michigan's gubernatorial candidates and their allies have spent $19.2 million for television ads about the candidates through September 29th. That total is likely to exceed $30 million by Election Day. On both sides, the candidate committees are junior partners in the enterprise.
- Press Release: Gubernatorial air war: $19.2M - and counting
- Gubernatorial television advertising, through 9/29/2014
Lobbying 2014: Spending up, disclosure poor
Lobbyists' spending topped $20 million in the first seven months of 2014, up by 2.5% compared to 2013. That spending included $442,000 for wining and dining public officials. Yet, plenty of important information about lobbyists' spending can't be known.
- Press Release: Lobbying: Spending up, disclosure poor
- Top 200 Michigan Lobbyists, January-July 2014
- Lobbyists' SNAP, January-July 2014