Michigan Campaign Finance Network

Constitutional executives' campaigns: $70.5M

Michigan's campaigns for governor, attorney general and secretary of state cost $70.5 million. The candidates' committees accounted for just 35% of that spending in the gubernatorial campaign, and most of the ads you saw for governor and attorney general were not reported to the State of Michigan. Look at the sad facts that make Michigan the Dark Money Capital of American Politics.

Michigan legislator campaigns: $42M

Michigan's 2014 campaigns for state legislators cost $42 million. Yet in a third of those campaigns one major-party candidate didn't even bother to raise money. Take a look at the patchy competition and see whether it makes you think G-E-R-R-Y-M-A-N-D-E-R.

Michigan Supreme Court campaign: $10.3M

For the third consecutive election cycle Michigan had the most expensive, least transparent judicial election campaign in America. We are an outlier when it comes to judicial selection, and that's not a compliment. Michigan is the Dark Money Capital of Judicial Elections.

Top PACs on record fundraising pace

Michigan's top 150 state PACs have raised $60.1 million - 73% more than the top PACs had raised at this point last election cycle. The difference is largely due to the proliferation of superPACs. See which interest groups brought the most money to this year's campaigns.

MCFN coverage of Campaign 2014