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 state officeholders' top donors over time across a variety of giving methods. The data comes from the Secretary of State’s database and IRS filings.

The data was last updated Aug. 16, 2019. For candidate committees, the numbers cover through July 20, 2019. For political action committees (PACs) connected to officeholders, the numbers cover through July 20, 2019.

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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. 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.

Lower was first elected to the Michigan House in 2016, taking office in 2017. He is now chair of the House Local Government and Municipal Finance Committee.

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. Lower launched a campaign for the U.S. House in May 2019. Contributions to that campaign are not included here.

TALLY: Top Disclosed Donors To 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. Michigan Realtors Association, Realtors PAC, $9,500

4. DeVos family, Amway, $9,000

5. Montcalm County Republican Party, $9,000

6. DTE Energy PAC, $8,500

7. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, $8,000

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

11. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, $5,000

12. CMS Energy, $5,000


DETAILED LISTS

Top donors to The Committee to Elect James Lower for 2019-2020:

1. Michigan Action Committee for Rural Electrification, $1,000
2. Michigan Chamber PAC, $1,000
3. Realtors PAC, $1,000
4. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, $1,000
5. Michigan Bankers Association, MI BANK, $500
6. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers, $500
7. Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, $500
8. DTE Energy, $500
9. CMS Energy, $500
10. Michigan Retailers Association, $500
11. Automotive Recyclers of Michigan, $500
12. ITC Holdings, $500

Top donors to Central Michigan Conservative Leadership for 2019-2020:

1. Realtors PAC, $1,000
2. DTE Energy, $1,000
3. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, $500
4. Michigan Chamber, $500
5. Michigan Bankers Association, MI BANK, $500
6. Michigan Association of Health Plans, MAHP, $250
7. Conservative Leaders for Michigan, Thomas Albert, $250
8. Willis Bullard, Strategic Comm Solutions, $250
9. Michigan Society of Anesthesiologists, $250
10. Clark Hill PAC, $250
11. Michigan Land Title Association, $250
12. Auto Dealers of Michigan, $250
13. Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners, $250
14. Delta PAC, $250
15. Dental PAC, $250

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
14. General Motors PAC, $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. Jim Lower State House committee, $1,750
10. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, $1,500
11. 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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