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The data was last updated Jan. 7, 2019, covering disclosures through Nov. 26, 2018.
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86TH HOUSE DISTRICT (Portions of Kent and Ionia counties)
Current representative: The current representative for the 86th District is Rep. Thomas Albert (R-Lowell). The district includes cities of Belding, Ionia and Lowell as well as the townships of Easton, Ionia, Orleans, Otisco, Ada, Bowne, Caledonia, Cascade, Grattan, Lowell and Vergennes, according to the House Republicans. Albert was first elected to the House in 2016, taking office in 2017. According to his official website, Albert is a military veteran and worked as an investor for the state of Michigan retirement systems.
He is chair of the House Financial Liability Reform Committee.
A map of the 86th District is available here.
Rep. Albert raises money through a candidate committee, Committee to Elect Thomas A. Albert, and a leadership PAC, Conservative Leaders for Michigan. The leadership PAC launched under a different name in April 2017.
TALLY: Top Disclosed Donors To Albert And Connected Committees From 2015 Until The Present
1. John Kennedy, Autocam, $10,000
2. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, $5,500
3. Business Leaders for Michigan PAC, $5,000
4. Albert family, retired, $4,000
5. Ionia County Republican Committee, $3,816
6. Michigan Farm Bureau PAC, $3,650
7. Byrne family, Byrne Electrical Specialists, $3,000
8. VerHeulen Leadership Fund, Rob VerHeulen, $2,500
9. Friends of West Michigan Business, $2,500
10. Republicans for a Stronger Michigan Fund, Rob VerHeulen, $2,500
Top donors to Committee to Elect Thomas A. Albert for 2017-2018:
1. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, $2,500
2. Albert Leadership Fund, $2,520
3. Albert family, retired, $2,000
4. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, $2,000
5. Michigan Realtors PAC, $1,850
6. CMS Energy Employees for Better Government, $1,550
7. Hildenbrand Leadership Fund, David Hildenbrand, $1,500
8. Michigan Chamber PAC, $1,350
9. Michigan Farm Bureau, $1,150
10. Ionia County Republican Committee, $1,316
Top donors to Conservative Leaders for Michigan for 2017-2018:
1. John Kennedy, Autocam, $10,000
2. Friends of Farmers Insurance, $500
3. Automobile Club of Michigan, $500
4. Friends of Spectrum Health, $500
5. Dennis Heffron, $100
6. James Rooney, $100
7. Thomas Albert, $53
8. Jeff Dickerman, $50
9. Matt Sowash, $50
10. Megan Sowash, $50
Top donors to Committee to Elect Thomas A. Albert for 2015-2016:
1. Business Leaders for Michigan PAC, $5,000
2. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, $3,500
3. VerHeulen Leadership Fund, Rob VerHeulen, $2,500
4. Friends of West Michigan Business, $2,500
5. Ionia County Republican Committee, $2,500
6. Michigan Farm Bureau PAC, $2,500
7. Republicans for a Stronger Michigan Fund, Rob VerHeulen, $2,500
8. Byrne family, Byrne Electrical Specialists, $2,000
9. Albert family, retired, $2,000
10. Michigan Insurance Coalition PAC, $1,500
11. Moving Michigan Forward Fund II PAC, Arlan Meekhof, $1,500
12. AmeriPAC, $1,500
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