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.

96th House District, Rep. Brian Elder

96TH HOUSE DISTRICT (A portion of Bay County)

Current representative: The current representative for the 96th District is Rep. Brian Elder (D-Bay City). The 96th District includes the cities of Bay City and Essexville and Bangor, Frankenlust, Hampton, Kawkawlin, Merritt, Monitor and Portsmouth townships in Bay County, according to the House Democrats. Elder was first elected to the Michigan House in 2016, taking office in 2017. Elder has practiced law since 1998 and currently owns Brian K. Elder, P.L.C., according to Elder's official House biography. He was a Bay County commissioner for eight years.

A map of the 96th District is available here.

Rep. Elder raises money through a candidate committee, Friends of Brian Elder, and a leadership PAC, The Elder Fund for Michigan, which formed in 2016 before Elder had even taken state office.

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

1. United Auto Workers Michigan Voluntary PAC, $207,500

2. Brian Elder, attorney, $30,448

3. Michigan Laborers Political League, $15,500

4. Operating Engineers Local 324 PAC, $12,500

5. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, $10,760

6. Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Health PAC, $8,750

7. Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters, $7,000

8. Communication Workers of America Michigan, $5,000

9. CMS Energy Employees for Better Government, $4,750

10. DTE Energy PAC, $4,500


DETAILED LISTS

Top donors to Friends of Brian Elder from 2017-2018:

1. Michigan Laborers Political League, $5,500
2. Operating Engineers Local 324, $5,000
3. DTE Energy PAC, $4,500
4. United Auto Workers Michigan Voluntary PAC, $4,000
5. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, $3,750
6. Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters, $3,500
7. CMS Energy Employees for Better Government, $3,250
8. Michigan Education Association PAC, $3,000
9. Plumbers-Steamfitters 85 PAC, $2,500
10. Hemlock Semiconductor PAC, $2,500
11. Realtors PAC of Michigan, $2,000
12. Michigan Credit Union League, $2,000
13. Clean Water Action Michigan, $2,000

Top donors to The Elder for Michigan Fund from 2017-2018:

1. United Auto Workers Michigan Voluntary PAC, $201,000
2. Michigan Laborers Political League, $7,500
3. Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Health PAC, $7,500
4. Operating Engineers Local 324 PAC, $5,000
5. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, $4,000
6. Communication Workers of America Michigan, $3,000
7. Dow PAC, Midland, $2,500
8. Auto Dealers of Michigan, $2,500
9. David Christensen, attorney, $2,000
10. Comcast & NBC Universal, $2,000

Top donors to Friends of Brian Elder from 2015-2016:

1. Brian Elder, attorney, $29,018
2. United Auto Workers Michigan Voluntary PAC, $3,000
3. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, $3,000
4. Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters, $3,000
5. Michigan Laborers Political League, $2,500
6. Operating Engineers Local 324 PAC, $2,500
7. Byrum family, Byrum and Fisk, $2,000
8. Michigan Insurance Coalition, $1,500
9. Sheet Metal Workers Local 7 PAC, $1,000
10. CMS Energy Employees for Better Government, $1,000
11. Communications Workers of America Michigan Action Committee, $1,000
12. Auto Dealers of Michigan PAC, $1,000
13. Michigan Utility Workers AFL-CIO PAC, $1,000
14. International Brotherhood of Election Workers, $1,000

Top donors to The Elder for Michigan Fund from 2016:

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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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