Who's Funding Statewide Ballot Campaigns?

NOTE: This information is based on campaign finance disclosures filed with the Michigan Secretary of State. The Michigan Campaign Finance Network compiled the data.

The page will be updated as new ballot proposal campaigns and opposition campaigns take shape and file reports on where their money is coming from. The page includes ballot committees that have reported raising more than $100,000 and have taken a stance on a proposal that could be on the ballot in 2018.

Full campaign finance disclosures from the ballot proposal committees are available here.

 


Active Ballot Proposal Campaigns

 

 

 

Coalition To Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (Pro-Marijuana Legalization)

Campaign disclosures cover: Through Oct. 26, 2018

What it is: This is a proposal campaign to initiate a state law to legalize marijuana in Michigan. The proposal would allow for the personal possession of marijuana by individuals who are older than 21 and set up new state guidelines for the industry.

How much has it raised: $2.33 million ($1.63 million direct contributions and $706,899 in in-kind contributions)

How much has it spent: $1.41 million

How many individual contributions has it reported: about 966 contributors

Top contributors:

1. Marijuana Policy Project, Washington D.C, $554,205
2. New Approach PAC, Washington, D.C., $508,500
3. Smokers Outlet, Troy, $250,000
4. Marijuana Policy Project Foundation, Washington D.C, $188,807
5. MI Legalize 2018, East Lansing, $170,000
6. Kevin McCaffery, RBK Enterprises, Ann Arbor, $95,000
7. Sam Usman Jr., UPM LLC, East Lansing, $50,000
8. KX3 Superwall LLC, Royal Oak, $50,000
9. DKT Liberty, Washington D.C, $50,000
10. Susan Ruiz, scientist, Massachusetts, $50,000
11. Rick Steves, writer/TV Host, $50,000

 

 

 

 

Healthy and Productive Michigan (Anti-Marijuana Legalization)

Campaign disclosures cover: Through Oct 26, 2018

What It Is: This is a campaign to oppose the effort to legalize marijuana in Michigan.

How much has it raised: $1.62 million ($1.49 million direct contributions and $129,254 in-kind contributions)

How much has it spent: $666,746

How many individual contributions has it reported: 99 contributions

Top contributors:

1. Smart Approaches to Marijuana Action, Virginia, $1,060,254
2. Michigan Energy First, Okemos, $250,000
3. J.C. Huizenga, Huizenga Group, $51,000
4. Gerard Anderson, DTE Energy, $50,000
5. Mark Murray, Meijer, $50,000
6. Business Leaders for Michigan, $50,000
6. ITC Holdings Corp, $50,000
8. Jerry Norcia, DTE Energy, $15,000
9. Fannie Lou Hamer PAC, $15,000
10. William Parfet, Hickory Corners, $10,000

 

 

 

 

 



 

Voters Not Politicians (Pro-Redistricting Reform)

Campaign disclosures cover: Through Oct. 26, 2018

What it is: This is a ballot proposal campaign to amend the Michigan Constitution to reform the state's process for drawing legislative district lines. The proposal would take the power to draw district lines from lawmakers and give it an independent commission.

How much has it raised: $15.65 million ($15.33 million direct contributions and $322,668 in in-kind contributions)

How much has it spent: $10,999,781

How many individual contributions has it reported: about 28,837 contributions

Top contributors:

1. Sixteen Thirty Fund, Washington D.C., $5.5 million
2. Action Now Initiative, Texas, $5.1 million
3. SEIU-United Healthcare Workers, $500,000
4. Kathryn Murdoch, Quadrivium Foundation, $500,000
5. Stacy Schusterman, Samson Energy, $500,000
6. The Baupost Group LLC, Boston, $250,000
7. National Redistricting Action Fund, $250,000
8. Beckwith Constitutional Liberties Fund, East Lansing nonprofit, $150,000
9. National Education Association, $125,000
10. Green Advocacy Project, $100,000

 

 

 

 

Protect My Vote (Anti-Redistricting Reform Proposal)

Campaign disclosures cover: Through Oct. 26, 2018

What it is: This is a ballot proposal campaign that is working to oppose Voters Not Politicians. It's been airing advertisements against the proposal. The group formed on Aug. 23, 2018.

How much has it raised: $1.47 million ($150,604 in direct contributions, $119,110 in in-kind contributions and $1.2 million in late contributions reported after the late disclosure deadline)

How much has it spent: $133,232

How many individual contributions has it reported: 21 contributions

Top contributors:

1. Michigan Freedom Fund, $1.45 million
2. Michigan Farm Bureau, $10,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Citizens Protecting Michigan's Constitution (Anti-Redistricting Reform Proposal)

Campaign disclosures cover: Through Oct. 21, 2018

What it is: This is a ballot committee that is opposing the Voters Not Politicians proposal. It also ran social media ads opposing the campaign for a part-time Legislature. This committee has worked on other issues in the past and could work on other proposals in the future.

How much has it raised: $393,180 ($305,000 in direct contributions and $88,180 in in-kind contributions)

How much has it spent: $304,392

How many individual contributions has it reported: 11 contributions

Top contributors:

1. Michigan Chamber PAC II, $136,260
(This is a ballot proposal committee connected to the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. Its top financial donors in 2017-2018 have been Enbridge Energy, which gave $125,000, the Michigan Realtors, which gave $10,000, and Jackson National Life, which gave $10,000)
2. John Kennedy, Autocam Corp., $100,000
3. Michigan Chamber Litigation (in-kind legal fees), $85,000
4. Fair Lines America Inc., Virginia, $50,000
5. Realtors PAC of Michigan II, $20,000
6. LaBrant Strategies, Perry (in-kind services), $1,550
7. Michigan Chamber of Commerce, $370

 

 

 



 

 

Promote The Vote (No-Reason Absentee Voting And Other Election Law Changes)

Campaign disclosures cover: Through Oct. 26, 2018

What it is: This is a campaign to amend the Michigan Constitution to make a series of election reforms. The campaign would allow for no-reason absentee voting and would allow for people to be automatically registered to vote when obtaining a license from the Secretary of State. It would also provide for the right to vote a secret ballot and to have election results audited.

How much has it raised: $5.14 million ($4.63 million direct contributions and $505,612 in-kind contributions)

How much has it spent: $3.99 million

How many individual contributions has it reported: 3,195 contributions

Top contributors:

1. American Civil Liberties Union, New York, $2.48 million
2. Michigan League Of Conservation Voters, $800,000
3. Stacy Schusterman, Samson Energy Company, $500,00
4. American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, $325,153
5. Sixteen Thirty Fund, $250,000
6. United Auto Workers, $150,000
7. Campaign for Democracy, California, $100,000
8. Steven Laufer, Federal Reserve, $100,000
9. Rachel Bendit, Ann Arbor, $51,400
10. National Education Association, $50,000
11. American Federation of Teachers, $50,000

 

 

 




 

Ballot Proposal Campaigns That Are No Longer Active

Note: These campaigns' numbers haven't been updated since they were either halted by their organizers or were approved by the Legislature.

 

 

 

Michigan One Fair Wage (Pro-Minimum Wage Increase)

Campaign disclosures cover: Through July 20, 2018

What it is: This is a proposal campaign to initiate legislation to increase Michigan's minimum wage. Under the proposal, the minimum wage would increase to $12 an hour in 2022. Michigan's current minimum wage is $8.90 an hour.

How much has it raised: $1.54 million ($1.44 million direct contributions and $98,409 in-kind contributions)

How much has it spent: $1.42 million

How many individual contributions has it reported: 130 contributions

Top contributors:

1. Restaurant Opportunities Center Action,$687,472
2. Raise Michigan, another proposal campaign, Royal Oak, $297,648
3. Restaurant Opportunities Center United, New York, $200,000
4. Restaurant Opportunities Center, Detroit, $132,775
5. United Auto Workers V CAP, $100,000
6. Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan, $75,000
7. Goodman Acker, Southfield, $4,200 (legal services)
8. Sachs Waldman, Detroit, $4,098 (legal services)

 

 

 

 

Michigan Opportunity (Anti-Minimum Wage Increase Proposal)

Campaign disclosures cover: Through July 20, 2018

What it is: This is a ballot proposal campaign that is working against the proposal to increase the minimum wage in 2018.

How much has it raised: $318,697 ($302,650 direct contributions and $16,047 in-kind contributions)

How much has it spent: $21,032

How many individual contributions has it reported: 20 contributions

Top contributors:

1. Michigan Restaurant Association, $116,147
2. National Restaurant Association, Washington D.C., $75,000
3. Boyne Resorts, Harbor Springs, $20,000
4. Dine Brands, California, $20,000
5. Team Schostak Family, Livonia, $20,000
6. Sysco Corporation, Texas, $15,000
7. Ansara Corporation, Farmington, $10,000
8. Heirloom Hospitality, Birmingham, $10,000
9. J K & T Wings Inc, Shelby Township, $10,000

 

 

 


 

 

 

MI Time To Care (Pro-Earned Sick Leave)

Campaign disclosures cover: Through July 20, 2018

What it is: This is a proposal campaign to initiate legislation to establish a right for employees to earn sick leave for personal or family health needs.

How much has it raised: $2.71 million ($2.49 million direct contributions and $220,370 in-kind contributions)

How much has it spent: $1.98 million

How many individual contributions has it reported: 56 contributions

Top contributors:

1. Sixteen Thirty Fund, Washington D.C., $2.12 million
2. The Fairness Project, Washington D.C., $311,990
3. Raise Michigan, another proposal campaign, Royal Oak, $80,400
4. Economic Justice Alliance of Michigan, Royal Oak, $65,109
5. Mothering Justice, Royal Oak, $50,000
6. Michigan People’s Campaign, $50,000
7. United Waye For Southeast Michigan, $25,550
8. Restaurant Opportunities Center Action, $2,389

 

 

 

Small Business For A Better Michigan (Anti-Earned Sick Leave)

Campaign disclosures cover: Through July 20, 2018

What it is: This is a campaign that's been working to oppose the ballot proposal to instate earned sick leave requirements in Michigan.

How much has it raised: $114,409 ($80,500 direct contributions and $33,909 in-kind contributions)

How much has it spent: $51,194

How many individual contributions has it reported: 16 contributions

Top contributors:

1. Michigan Manufacturers Association, Lansing, $31,255
2. Small Business Association of Michigan PAC II, Lansing, $25,000
3. National Federation of Independent Business, Tennessee, $19,518
4. Michigan Restaurant Association, Lansing, $18,000
5. Small Business Association of Michigan, Lansing, $10,635
6. Michigan Bankers Association, Lansing, $10,000

 

 


Protecting Michigan Taxpayers (Pro-Prevailing Wage Repeal)

Campaign disclosures cover: Through April 20, 2018

What it is: This is a proposal campaign to initiate legislation to repeal Michigan's prevailing wage law, which sets wage standards for certain publicly-funded construction projects. The standards are based on other collectively bargained wages in the area. NOTE: The Legislature approved the prevailing wage repeal proposal in June, ending the campaign.

How much has it raised: $1.55 million ($1.51 million direct contributions and $40,002 in-kind contributions)

How much has it spent: $1.47 million

How many individual contributions has it reported: 23 contributions

Top contributors:

1. Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan, Lansing, $1,312,355
2. Silver Bullet Group Inc., Las Vegas, $100,025
3. Construction Legal Rights Foundation, Washington D.C., $75,000
4. September Group LLC, Wyoming, $50,000
5. Americans for Prosperity Michigan, Lansing, $15,780 (donated staff time)

 

 

 

 

Protect Michigan Jobs (Anti-Prevailing Wage Repeal)

Campaign disclosures cover: Through April 20, 2018

What it is: This is a ballot committee that opposes repealing Michigan's prevailing wage. It has opposed Protecting Michigan Taxpayers' proposal. It has also pushed its own proposal to initiate legislation to keep the prevailing wage.

How much has it raised: $924,465 ($728,112 direct contributions, $196,353 in-kind contributions); it also started the year with $58,622

How much has it spent: $649,405

How many individual contributions has it reported: 97 contributions

Top contributors:

1. Michigan Building and Construction Trades, Detroit, $230,700
2. National Electrical Contractors Association, Michigan chapter, $102,804
3. Michigan Pipe Trade Association PAC, Flushing, $75,000
4. Michigan Laborers District Council, Lansing, $63,506
5. Mid Michigan Electrical Alliance, Lansing, $63,400
6. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 58, $40,000
7. Plumbers Local 190, Ann Arbor, $30,000
8. L/M National Electrical Contractors Association L/U 8, $30,000
9. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers No. 252, $25,000
10. Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association, MITA, $25,000
11. Ann Arbor LMCC, Ann Arbor, $25,000
12. Management and Unions Serving Together, Southfield, $25,000

 

 


 

 

Clean Energy, Healthy Michigan (Pro-Increased Renewable Energy Standard)

Campaign disclosures cover: Through April 20, 2018

What it is: This is a proposal campaign to incrementally increase the renewable energy standard for electric providers to 30 percent by 2030. The standard is currently set to increase to 15 percent by 2021.

How much has it raised: $2.04 million ($1.80 million direct contributions and $246,020 in-kind contributions)

How much has it spent: $1.21 million

How many individual contributions has it reported: 10 contributions

Top contributors:

1. NextGen Climate Action, San Francisco, $1.84 million
2. NextGen America, San Francisco, $204,698
3. Brett McRae, Charlotte, $100

 

 

 


 

 

Clean MI (Pro-Part-Time Legislature)

Campaign disclosures cover: Through April 20, 2018

What it is: This is a proposal campaign to amend the Michigan Constitution to require a part-time Legislature. Under the proposal, the Legislature must complete its work by April 15 of each year.

How much has it raised: $1.70 million ($1.33 million in direct contributions and $377,173 in in-kind)

How much has it spent: $1.32 million

How many individual contributions has it reported: 889 contributions

Top contributors:

1. Fund for Michigan Jobs, nonprofit, Lansing, $1.05 million
2. MI PAC, in-kind advertisements, $301,224
3. Capital Sales Company, Hazel Park, $100,000
4. William Parfet, Hickory Corners, $100,000
5. Direct Mailers Integration, Grand Rapids, in-kind, $37,497
6. Hard Data LLC, Grand Rapids, $36,000
7. Victory Phones, Grand Rapids, in-kind, $35,648
8. Harold Blumenstein, Paragon Properties Company, Bingham Farms, $5,000
9. Roco Real Estate, Bloomfield Hills, $4,000
10. Vertical Strategies, Grand Rapids, in-kind $2,600