Michigan Campaign Finance Network

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.

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.

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.

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?

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?

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.

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.

MCFN coverage of Campaign 2014