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 Aug. 14, 2018.

44th House District, Rep. Jim Runestad

44TH HOUSE DISTRICT (A portion of Oakland County)

Current representative: The current representative for the 44th District is Rep. Jim Runestad (R-White Lake). The district features Highland Township, White Lake Township, Springfield Township, Milford Township and parts of Waterford Township, according to the House Republicans. He is chair of the House Judiciary Committee and a member of the Insurance, Communications and Technology, and Local Government committees. He was first elected to the House in 2014.

A map of the 44th District is available here.

Rep. Runestad raises money through a House candidate committee, Friends of Jim Runestad. In July 2017, he launched a Senate candidate committee, Elect Jim Runestad for State Senate. In March 2018, he launched a leadership PAC called Run Might Righ Fund.

TALLY: Top Disclosed Donors To Rep. Runestad And Connected Committees From 2013 To The Present

1. James Runestad, $98,764

2. Konja family, International Wholesale and Drink, $16,500

3. Samona family, Wild Bill’s Tobacco, $13,700

4. Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Health PAC, $9,000

5. Brikho family,Evergreen Management, $8,000

6. Auto Dealers of Michigan PAC, $6,000

7. Lievois family, Devon Title, $4,530

8. Blue Cross Blue Shield PAC, $4,500

9. Moroun family, Central Transport, $4,000

10. Michigan Association of Realtors, Realtors PAC, $3,400


DETAILED LISTS

Top donors to Elect Jim Runestad for State Senate for 2017-2018:

1. Friends of Jim Runestad, House committee transfer, $94,000
2. Jim Runestad, $36,000
3. Samona family, Wild Bill’s Tobacco, $7,200
4. Konja family, International Wholesale and Drink, $7,000
5. Lievois family, Devon Title, $4,000
6. Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Health PAC, $2,250
7. Auto Dealers PAC, $2,000
8. Kevin Rinke, Cassell and Associates, $2,000
9. Shenae Stevens, Wild Bill’s Tobacco, $2,000
10. Nashwan Zaitouna, Churchill’s Bistro Cigars, $2,000
11. Omar Elias, Northwest Labs, $2,000

Top donors to Friends of Jim Runestad for 2017-2018: 

1. Brikho family, Evergreen Management, $6,000
2. Konja family, International Wholesale and Drink, $6,000
3. Samona family, Wild Bill’s Tobacco, $4,000
4. Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Health PAC, $1,500
5. Michigan Association for Justice, Justice PAC, $1,200
6. Shenae Stevens, Wild Bill’s Tobacco, $1,000
7. Brian Cichon, Advent Home Medical, $1,000
8. Jason McClanahan, Warren Planning Commissioner, $1,000
9. Richard Runestad, Runestad Financial, $1,000
10. Comcast Corp. & NBC Universal, $1,000
11. Omar Elias, Northwest Labs, $1,000
12. Steve Gust, United Healthcare, $1,000
13. Auto Dealers of Michigan, $1,000
14. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, $1,000
15. Scott Zack, Scott P. Zack DC, $1,000
16. Martin Kornblum, Livonia Orthopedics, $1,000

Top donors to Run Michigan Right Fund 2018:

1. Jim Runestad, state representative, $4,033
2. Mazin Samona, Wild Bill’s Tobacco, $2,500
3. Najah Konja, Wild Bill’s Tobacco, $1,500
4. Anthony Rugiero, Antonios, $1,000
5. Shoki Konja, International Wholesale and Drink, $1,000
6. Becky Bernardi, Fair Haven, $1,000
7. Daniel Lievois, Devon Title, $530
8. Delta PAC, $500
9. John Gatti, attorney, $500
10. Donald Kegley, Cunningham Limp, $500
11. Samuel Ashley, Cunningham Limp, $500
12. Jeffrey Christian, consultant, $500
13. Megan Day, Commerce Township, $500
14. Greg Jamian, Americare Medical, $500
15. Roger Denha, BKS Advisors, $500
16. Kevin Block, attorney, $500
17. James Ogema, Luna Entertainment, $500

Top donors to Friends of Jim Runestad for 2015-2016:

1. Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Health PAC, $5,250
2. Blue Cross Blue Shield PAC, $3,000
3. Auto Dealers of Michigan PAC, $2,000
4. Brikho family, Edenz Hydro, $2,000
5. Marathon Petroleum, $1,500
6. Michigan Association of Realtors, Realtors PAC, $1,200
7. Horizon Imaging LLC, $1,000
8. David Jankowski, $1,000
9. Michael Meeron, $1,000
10. Louis Radden, $1,000
11. Martin Kornblum, $1,000
12. Matthew Moroun, $1,000
13. Frederick Nader, $1,000
14. Health Systems Medical Management, $1,000
15. Mark Radom, $1,000
16. Christopher Wilcox, $1,000
17. Rita Nader, $1,000
18. Steven Gust, United Healthcare, $1,000

Top donors to Friends of Jim Runestad for 2013-2014:

1. James Runestad, $58,261
2. Oakland County GOP, $3,000
3. Value for Michigan, John Moolenaar, $2,500
4. Lindsay and Matthew Moroun, $2,000
5. Michigan Association of Realtors, Realtors PAC, $2,000
6. Michigan Chamber of Commerce PAC, $1,500
7. Tessie and John Prosser, $1,100
8. Auto Dealers of Michigan PAC, $1,000
9. Rosemary and Michael Gillet, $1,000
10. Maxine and Daniel Lievois, $1,000
11. Michigan Farm Bureau PAC, AGRI PAC, $1,000
12. Richard Runestad, $1,000
13. Matthew Sauer, $1,000
14. Vision for Victory, Kevin Cotter, $1,000

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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