Donor Tracking: Who's Funding Your Representative

Following The Money: This page is designed to help the public find out who’s funding their elected officials. The information shows their top donors over time across a variety of giving methods. The data comes from the Secretary of State’s database and IRS filings. You can search for an official through the search tool below.

The data was last updated Nov. 27, 2018, covering disclosures through Oct. 21, 2018.

70th House District, Rep. James Lower

70TH HOUSE DISTRICT (Montcalm County and portions of Gratiot County)

Current representative: The current representative for the 70th District is Rep. James Lower (R-Cedar Lake). The district features Montcalm County and portions of Gratiot County, including the cities of Alma and St. Louis. Lower was first elected to the Michigan House in 2016, taking office in 2017.

According to his official House biography, Lower worked as executive director for a consulting firm and was also a legislative assistant in both the Michigan House and Michigan Senate.

A map of the 70th District is available here.

Rep. Lower raises money through a candidate committee, The Committee to Elect James Lower. He is also connected to a leadership PAC, Central Michigan Conservative Leadership, which launched in June 2017.

TALLY: Top Disclosed Donors To Rep. Lower And Connected Committees From 2015 Through Today

1. Judy Emmons for state Senate candidate committee, $20,000

2. James Lower, village manager, $16,500

3. DeVos family, Amway, $9,000

4. Montcalm County Republican Party, $9,000

5. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, $7,500

6. DTE Energy PAC, $7,000

7. Michigan Realtors Association, Realtors PAC, $7,500

8. Michigan Values Leadership Fund, Tom Leonard, $5,000

9. Chatfield Majority Fund, Lee Chatfield, $5,000

10. Julie Calley for state House candidate committee, $5,000


DETAILED LISTS

Top donors to The Committee to Elect James Lower for 2017-2018:

1. Michigan Realtors Association, Realtors PAC, $6,000
2. Montcalm County Republican Party, $4,000
3. CMS Energy Employees for Better Government, $2,500
4. Michigan Action Committee for Rural Electrification, $2,000
5. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan PAC, $2,000
6. DTE Energy PAC, $2,000
7. Michigan Chamber PAC, $1,500
8. Auto Dealers of Michigan PAC, $1,500
9. Bill Wortz, lobbyist, $1,000
10. Michigan Bankers Association, MI BANK PAC, $1,000
11. Growing Michigan, Dan Lauwers, $1,000
12. AT&T Michigan, $1,000
13. John Kennedy, Autocam, $1,000

Top donors to Central Michigan Conservative Leadership for 2017-2018:

1. Judy Emmons for state Senate candidate committee, $20,000
2. Julie Calley for state House candidate committee, $5,000
3. Chatfield Majority Fund, Lee Chatfield, $5,000
4. DTE Energy PAC, $3,500
5. Business Leaders for Michigan, $3,000
6. Michigan Jobs Fund, Roger Kahn, $2,500
7. Realtors PAC, Michigan Association of Realtors, $2,500
8. CMS Energy Employees for Better Government, $2,000
9. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, $1,500
10. Michigan Chamber PAC, $1,500

Top donors to The Committee to Elect James Lower for 2015-2016:

1. James Lower, village manager, $16,500
2. DeVos family, $9,000
3. Montcalm County Republican Party, $5,000
4. Michigan Values Leadership Fund, Tom Leonard, $5,000
5. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, $3,000
6. Michigan Farm Bureau PAC, $2,500
7. DTE Energy PAC, $2,000
8. Kojaian family, Kojaian Management, $2,000
9. Haworth family, Haworth Inc., $2,000
10. Michigan Insurance Coalition, $1,500
11. Amerisure PAC, $1,500
12. Auto Dealers of Michigan PAC, $1,250

Campaign finance reports can be found in the Michigan Secretary of State's campaign finance database. If you see an error in the above data, please contact us at mcfn@mcfn.org.

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