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.

Secretary Of State Ruth Johnson

About: Ruth Johnson, a Republican, is Michigan's secretary of state. She is in her second term in the position. Previously, she served as a member of the Michigan House for three terms from 1999 to 2004, according to her official biography. Before then, she was Oakland County's clerk and an Oakland County commissioner.

Johnson raises money through two candidate committees: Ruth Johnson for Michigan, her campaign for secretary of state; and Friends of Ruth Johnson, her campaign for Michigan Senate. Friends of Ruth Johnson launched in 2017.

She also raises money through an administrative account, the Johnson Administrative Account. The administrative account, which files with the Internal Revenue Service, has been raising money since 2011. Johnson was previously connected to a nonprofit organization that also raised money. But that nonprofit, A Brighter Michigan, dissolved in 2013. The nonprofit previously disclosed its donors online but most of those disclosures are no longer available there.

TALLY: Top Disclosed Donors To Secretary of State Johnson From The 2010 Cycle To The Present:

1. Ruth Johnson, $354,654

2. Don Nanney, candidate’s spouse, $338,000

3. Michigan Republican Party, $190,651

4. Michigan Chamber of Commerce, $44,742

5. Auto Dealers of Michigan PAC, $44,000

6. DeVos family, $42,800

7. Meijer PAC, $34,500

8. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, $34,000

9. DTE Energy, $22,500

10. Michigan Credit Union League, $20,350

11. Enterprise, $18,000

12. Susan and Michael Jandernoa, $14,600

13. Ford Motor Civic Action Fund, $14,500

14. Jackson National Life, $14,500


DETAILED LISTS

Top donors to Friends of Ruth Johnson for 2017-2018:

1. Michigan State Police Retirees PAC, $2,000
2. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, $1,000
3. Meijer PAC, $1,000
4. Michigan Manufactured Housing PAC, $1,000
5. Richard Poling, Poling McGraw Poling PC, $500
6. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, $500
7. Health Care Association of Michigan, HCAM PAC, $500
8. Ford Civic Action Fund, $250
9. General Motors PAC, $250
10. Michigan UBC PAC, $250
11. Farmers Insurance PAC, $250
12. Realtors PAC, Michigan Association of Realtors, $250
13. Carole White, Association of Broadcasters, $250
14. Association of Theater Owners PAC, $250
15. Muchmore Harrington Smalley & Associates, $250
16. Sean Gehle, Ascension Health, $250
17. Anne Mervenne, Mervenne and Associates, $250
18. Michigan Grocers PAC, $250

Top donors to Ruth Johnson for Michigan for 2017-2018:

No contributions reported.

Top donors to the Johnson Administrative Account for 2017-2018:

1. Detroit Auto Dealers, $3,000
2. Edwin Adler, self-employed, $2,000
3. Dykema, $1,811
4. Insurance Auto Auctions, $500

Top donors to Ruth Johnson for Michigan for 2015-2016:

1. Meijer PAC, $5,000
2. Michigan Republican Party, $3,249
3. Michigan State Farm Agents, $2,000
4. General Motors Co. PAC, $2,000
5. Michigan Manufactured Housing RV & Campground Association PAC, $2,000
6. Dykema Gossett PLLC PAC, $1,400
7. Fifth Third Bancorp, $1,000
8. Clark Hill PAC, $500
9. Robert Kittle, $100

Top donors to the Johnson Administrative Account for 2015-2016:

1. Enterprise Leasing Company, $5,000
2. Ford Motor Company, $5,000
3. Edward Levy, Edward C. Levy Co., $5,000
4. Jackson National Life, $5,000
5. Michigan Credit Union League, $4,500
6. Detroit Auto Dealers Association, $3,000
7. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, $2,500
8. Consumers Energy, $2,500
9. Farmers Insurance Group, $2,500
10. Peter Secchia, Sibsco Real Estate, $1,000

Top donors to Ruth Johnson for Michigan for the 2014 cycle:

1. Don Nanney, candidate’s spouse, $338,000
2. Michigan Republican Party, $126,301
3. Auto Dealers of Michigan PAC, $34,000
4. DeVos family, $15,600
5. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan PAC, $15,500
6. DTE Energy Co. PAC, $13,000
7. Michigan Manufactured Housing RV & Campground Association PAC, $12,000
8. Joan and Peter Secchia, $10,200
9. Ford Motor Civic Action Fund, $9,500
10. Michigan Bankers Association PAC, Bank PAC, $9,500
11. Victoria and Robert Liggett Jr., $8,500
12. Meijer PAC, $8,500
13. Susan and Michael Jandernoa, $7,800
14. Pamela and Todd Wyatt, $7,800
15. Vicki and Richard Vlasic, $7,120
16. Supporters of Ruth Johnson, Oakland County clerk committee, $7,019
17. Enterprise Holdings PAC, $7,000
18. Edward Levy, $6,800
19. Ann and James Nicholson, $6,800
20. Muchmore, Harrington, Smalley & Associates PAC, $6,500
21. Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Health PAC, $6,500
22. Michigan Credit Union League Action Fund, $5,850
23. Michigan Chamber of Commerce PAC, $5,100
24. Republican State Leadership Committee, $5,000
25. Dykema Gossett PLLC, $4,652

Top donors to the Johnson Administrative Account for 2011-2014:

1. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, $15,000
2. Michigan Credit Union League, $10,000
3. DTE Energy Services Corp., $9,500
4. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, $9,000
5. Jackson National Life, $8,500
6. AT&T, $8,000
7. Consumers Energy, $7,500
8. Enterprise Holdings, $6,000
9. Michigan Health & Hospital Association, $6,000
10. Michigan Chamber of Commerce, $6,000
11. Captain’s Corner LLC, $5,000

Top donors to Ruth Johnson for Michigan for the 2010 cycle:

1. Ruth Johnson, $354,654
2. Michigan Republican Party, $61,101
3. Michigan Chamber of Commerce PAC, $33,642
4. DeVos family, $27,200
5. Meijer PAC, $20,000
6. Auto Dealers of Michigan PAC, $10,000
7. Eric and Christine Fritz, $6,800
8. Michael and Susan Jandernoa, $6,800
9. Matthew and Lindsay Moroun, $6,800
10. Alison & Linda Orlans, $6,800
11. Robert and Suzanne VanderWeide, $6,800

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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