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. 17, 2017.

Michigan Senate Democratic Fund

About: The Michigan Senate Democratic Fund is the caucus committee of Michigan's Senate Democrats. The Senate Democrats use the committee to raise money to spend on races across the state.

The Senate Democratic Fund raised $1.2 million over 2015 and 2016, placing it fifth among all of the poliitical committees in fundraising over the two-year period. The fund raised $1.1 million over the two years leading up to the 2014 Senate elections. The fund uses much of the money its raises to purchase advertising in competitive Senate races.

Under Michigan's campaign contribution limits, caucus committees, like the Senate Democratic Fund, can receive up to $40,000 from an individual donor per calendar year.

TALLY: Top Disclosed Donors To The Senate Democratic Fund From 2011 Until The Present:

1. Ananich Future Fund, Jim Ananich, $170,000

2. Michigan Education Association, MEA PAC, $166,000

3. Ananich Senate Majority Fund, Jim Ananich, $160,000

4. United Auto Workers, UAW Michigan Voluntary Fund, $160,000

5. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, $159,000

6. Jim Ananich Candidate Committee, $150,000

7. Michigan Association for Justice, Justice PAC, $136,000

8. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan PAC, $132,500

9. DTE Energy PAC, $111,000

10. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association PAC, $91,000

11. Curtis Hertel Candidate Committee, $90,020

12. Knezek for Michigan, David Knezek, $75,000

13. Auto Dealers of Michigan PAC, $62,500

14. David Knezek for State Senate, David Knezek, $60,000

15. Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters, $58,000


DETAILED LISTS

Top donors to the Senate Democratic Fund for 2017-2018:

1. Ananich Senate Majority Fund, Jim Ananich, $40,000
2. Ananich Future Fund, Jim Ananich, $40,000
3. Michigan Education Association, MEA PAC, $40,000
4. Friends of Jim Ananich, Jim Ananich, $30,000
5. David Knezek for State Senate, David Knezek, $25,000
6. Realtors PAC, Michigan Association of Realtors, $20,000
7. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, $20,000
8. United Auto Workers Voluntary PAC, $20,000
9. Michigan Association for Justice, Justice PAC, $20,000
10. Curtis Hertel Jr. for Senate, Curtis Hertel, $15,000
11. Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters, $15,000
12. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Voluntary Fund, $15,000
13. DTE Energy, $11,000

Top donors to the Senate Democratic Fund for 2015-2016:

1. Jim Ananich Candidate Committee, $80,000
2. Ananich Senate Majority Fund, Jim Ananich, $80,000
3. Ananich Future Fund, Jim Ananich, $80,000
4. United Auto Workers, UAW Michigan Voluntary PAC, $70,000
5. Knezek For Michigan, David Knezek, $70,000
6. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, $64,000
7. Michigan Association for Justice, Justice PAC, $61,000
8. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan PAC, $60,000
9. Curtis Hertel Candidate Committee, $52,500
10. Michigan Education Association, MEA PAC, $40,000
11. DTE Energy PAC, $37,500
12. David Knezek for State Senate, $35,000
13. Michigan Association of Realtors, Realtors PAC, $30,500
14. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, $24,000
15. Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters, $22,500
16. Auto Dealers of Michigan PAC, $20,000
17. AFL-CIO, $20,000

Top donors to the Senate Democratic Fund for 2013-2014:

1. Michigan Association for Justice, Justice PAC, $60,000
2. Michigan Education Association, MEA PAC, $60,000
3. (Jim) Ananich Future Fund, $50,000
4. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, IBEW COPE, $50,000
5. SEIU Healthcare Local 79, $50,000
6. United Auto Workers, UAW Michigan Voluntary PAC, $50,000
7. (Jim) Ananich Senate Majority Fund, $40,000
8. Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, $40,000
9. Jim Ananich Candidate Committee, $40,000
10. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan PAC, $37,500
11. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association PAC, $35,000
12. DTE Energy Co. PAC, $32,500
13. (Gretchen) Whitmer Leadership Fund, $32,500
14. Dian Slavens Candidate Committee, $31,700
15. Curtis Hertel Jr.Candidate Committee, $22,520
16. Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters PAC, $20,500
17. Auto Dealers of Michigan PAC, $20,000
18. Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Health PAC, $17,500
19. Rebekah Warren Leadership Fund, $15,000
20. CMS Energy Employees for Better Government, $13,500
21. Hoon-Yung Hopgood Candidate Committee, $13,000
22. Steven Bieda Candidate Committee, $12,500
23. Michigan Dental Association, Dent PAC, $12,500
24. Miller Canfield PAC, $12,500
25. Michigan Association of CPA, $12,000

Top donors to the Senate Democratic Fund for 2011-2012:

1. DTE Energy Co. PAC, $30,000
2. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, IBEW COPE, $30,000
3. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association PAC, $30,000
4. Michigan Education Association, MEA PAC, $26,000
5. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan PAC, $25,000
6. (Gretchen) Whitmer Leadership Fund, $23,200
7. Michigan Association for Justice, Justice PAC, $20,000
8. Auto Dealers of Michigan PAC, $17,500
9. Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Health PAC, $17,500
10. CMS Energy Employees for Better Government, $13,000
11. Michigan Laborers Political League, $12,500
12. Miller Canfield PAC, $11,200
13. Michigan Association of CPAs, $10,000
14. Michigan Credit Union League Action Fund, $10,000
15. Michigan State Utility Workers Council PAC, $10,000
16. Moroun family, $10,000
17. United Auto Workers, UAW Michigan Voluntary PAC, $10,000

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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