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The data was last updated May 7, 2019. For candidate committees, the numbers cover through Nov. 26, 2018. For political action committees (PACs) connected to officeholders, the numbers cover through April 20, 2019.
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85TH HOUSE DISTRICT (Shiawassee County and a portion of Saginaw County)
Current representative: The current representative for the 85th District is Rep. Ben Frederick (R-Owosso). The district includes Shiawassee County and Brady, Brant, Chapin, Chesaning, Fremont, Jonesfield, Lakefield, Maple Grove, Marion and Richland townships in Saginaw County, according to the House Republicans. According to Rep. Frederick's official website, he served as a legislative staff member for 14 years in both the Michigan House and Senate.
Frederick was first elected to the House in 2016, taking office in 2017. He is now vice chair of the House Health Policy Committee.
A map of the 85th District is available here.
Rep. Frederick raises money through a candidate committee, Ben Frederick for State Representative, and a leadership PAC, Building Experience Now PAC (BEN PAC). The leadership PAC launched in August 2017.
TALLY: Top Disclosed Donors To Rep. Frederick And Connected Committees From 2015 Until The Present
1. Ben Frederick, $21,255
2. Chatfield Majority Funds, Lee Chatfield, $18,800
3. Michigan Jobs Fund, Roger Kahn, $15,000
4. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, $9,200
5. DeVos family, Amway, $9,000
6. Michigan Values Leadership Fund, Tom Leonard, $7,500
7. Michigan Health & Hospital Association PAC, $5,000
8. Business Leaders for Michigan, $5,000
9. Health Care Association of Michigan, HCAM PAC, $3,500
10. Michigan Association for Justice, Justice PAC, $3,500
Top donors to Building Experience Now PAC (BEN PAC) 2019-2020:
1. The Joe Graves Leadership Fund, Joe Gaves, $1,000
2. Sadie Leonard, Showcase Auto Sales, $500
Top donors to Ben Frederick for State Representative 2017-2018:
1. Chatfield Majority Fund 2, Lee Chatfield, $7,500
2. Chatfield Majority Fund, Lee Chatfield, $6,500
3. Michigan Jobs Fund, Roger Kahn, $5,000
4. Ben Frederick, state representative, $5,000
5. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, $3,700
6. Michigan Association for Justice, $3,500
7. Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Health PAC, $3,000
8. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, $2,250
9. Michigan Operating Engineers Local 324, $2,500
10. Michigan Credit Union League, $2,500
11. Realtors PAC of Michigan, $2,300
Top donors to Building Experience Now PAC (BEN PAC) 2017-2018:
1. Michigan Jobs Fund, Roger Kahn, $6,000
2. Business Leaders for Michigan PAC, $5,000
3. Health Care Association of Michigan, HCAM PAC, $3,500
4. Michigan Building & Construction Trades PAC, $2,500
5. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, $2,500
6. Chatfield Majority Fund 2, Lee Chatfield, $2,500
7. Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association (MITA), $2,000
8. Bryan Marks, Great Lakes Fusion, $2,000
9. Michigan Health & Hospital Association PAC, $2,000
10. CMS Energy PAC, $2,000
11. Michigan Restaurant Association PAC, $1,250
Top donors to Ben Frederick for State Representative 2015-2016:
1. Ben Frederick, legislative staffer, $16,255
2. DeVos family, $9,000
3. Michigan Values Leadership Fund, Tom Leonard, $7,500
4. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, $3,000
5. Michigan Jobs Fund, Roger Kahn, $3,000
6. Voorheis family, Washington Business center, $3,000
7. Michigan Farm Bureau, Agri PAC, $2,500
8. Michigan Chamber PAC, $2,500
9. Chatfield Majority Fund, Lee Chatfield, $2,300
10. Greater Rochester Leadership Fund, $2,150
11. Michigan Association of Collection Agencies PAC, $2,000
12. VerHeulen Leadership Fund, Rob VerHeulen, $2,000
13. 4th Congressional GOP District Committee, $2,000
14. Kojaian family, Kojaian Companies, $2,000
15. Jandernoa family, 42 North Partners, $2,000
16. Auto Dealers of Michigan, $2,000
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