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.

Gov. Rick Snyder

About: Rick Snyder, a Republican, was first elected to be Michigan's governor in 2010. He was re-elected in 2014. According to his official biography, Snyder previously worked for Gateway as president and chief operating officer.

Gov. Snyder and those connected to him raise money through numerous methods. He has a candidate committee, Rick Snyder for Michigan, which doesn't accept contributions from political action committees (PACs). From 2011-2015, he had a PAC, the One Tough Nerd PAC. In 2015, he launched a new state PAC, the Relentless Positive Action PAC, and a federal PAC by the same name, the Relentless Positive Action PAC. He is also connected to an administrative account, the Governor's Club, which can accept corporate contributions. Plus, he has a nonprofit organization that voluntarily discloses its donors, Moving Michigan Forward, which started in 2013.

Outside of those methods, Gov. Snyder was previously connected to another nonprofit, New Energy to Reinvest and Diversify Fund, also known as the NERD Fund. It didn't disclose its donors before the administration announced it would be shut down in 2013. Snyder is also connected to the nonprofit Celebrating the Power of Michigan, which releases its donor list but not the amounts or dates of donations. In addition, supporters of Snyder started another nonprofit in 2015 to benefit him. That nonprofit is Making Government Accountable, which also doesn't disclose donors.

TALLY: Top Disclosed Donors To Gov. Snyder From The 2010 Cycle To The Present

1. Rick and Sue Snyder, $5,941,027

2. Making Government Accountable (a nonprofit tied to Snyder giving to other Snyder funds), $600,000

3. Celebrating the Power of Michigan (a nonprofit tied to Snyder giving to other Snyder funds), $350,000

4. William Parfet, MPI Research, $300,000

5. Nicholson family and PVS Chemicals, $242,600

6. Michigan Republican Party, $193,233

7. Consumers Energy, $175,000

8. Michigan Health and Hospital Association, $170,000

9. Taubman family, $154,400

10. DeVos family, $142,830

11. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, $127,500

12. DTE Energy, $120,000


DETAILED LISTS

Top donors to the Governor's Club for 2017-2018:

1. Michigan Credit Union League, $25,000
2. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, $25,000
3. Michigan Health & Hospital Association, $20,000
4. Michigan Legislative Consultants, $2,500

Top donors to Moving Michigan Forward for 2017-2018:

1. Making Government Accountable, $25,000
2. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, $25,000
3. Consumers Energy, $10,000
4. Michigan Health & Hospital Association, $10,000

Top donors to Rick Snyder for Michigan for 2017-2018:

No contributions reported.

Top donors to the Relentless Positive Action State PAC for 2017-2018:

1. Mark Jones, Amerifirst Financial Corp., $10,000
2. Michael Swan, Holland Terminal, $5,000
3. Realtors PAC, Michigan Association of Realtors, $2,500
4. Michigan Credit Union League, $2,500
5. DTE Energy Company PAC, $2,500
6. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan PAC, $2,500
7. Kevyn Orr, Jones Day, $1,000
8. Craig Hall, Lee SHore, $1,000
9. Operating Engineers Local 324, $1,000
10. Ford Motor Company Civic Action Fund $1,000

Top donors to the Relentless Positive Action Federal PAC for 2017-2018:

1. Taubman family, Taubman Co., $25,000
2. Whirlpool, $15,000
3. MCNA Health Care Holdings, $10,000
4. General Motors PAC, $2,500
5. Ford Motor Company Civis Action Fund, $2,500
6. Delta Dental of Michigan, $2,500
7. Michigan Legislative Consultants, $1,250
8. Stephen Carey, business development, $1,000
9. Dykema Gossett PAC, $1,000

Top donors to Rick Snyder for Michigan for 2015-2016:

1. Thomas Dickinson, $350
2. Timothy Voss, $320
3. Russ Gibb, $100
4. Jane Barrett, $100

Top donors to Moving Michigan Forward for 2015-2016:

1. Celebrating the Power of Michigan, $350,000
2. Making Government Accountable, $325,000
3. AmeriFirst Financial Corporation, $27,191
4. Michael and Susan Jandernoa, $25,000
5. Robert Taubman $25,000
6. James Nicholson, $25,000
7. Consumers Energy, $25,000
8. Michigan Energy First, $25,000
9. Walbridge Aldinger Co., $25,000
10. Michigan Chamber PAC II, $15,000
11. Michigan Health & Hospital Association, $15,000
12. Arlo Steel, $10,000
13. Schupan & Sons Inc., $10,000
14. CURE Defense Fund, $10,000

Top donors to the Governor's Club for 2015-2016:

1. Making Government Accountable, $250,000
2. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, $25,000
3. Consumers Energy, $25,000
4. Jim Nicholson, PVS Chemicals, $25,000
5. Michigan Health & Hospital Association, $25,000
6. Michigan Legislative Consultants, $10,000
7. Hewlett Packard Company, $5,000
8. Anheuser Busch Corporation, $5,000
9. Michigan Legislative Consultants, $2,500

Top donors to the Relentless Positive Action State PAC for 2015-2016:

1. William Parfet, Northwood Group, $125,000
2. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, $50,000
3. John Kennedy, Autocam, $25,000
4. Martha F. Ford, Detroit Lions, $5,000
5. Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, $5,000
6. Delta PAC, $5,000
7. Joseph Aristeo, Aristeo Construction, $3,500
8. DTE Energy, $2,500
9. Eileen Weiser, homemaker, $2,500
10. Auto Dealers of Michigan, $2,000
11. Michigan Grocers Association PAC, $1,100

Top donors to the Relentless Positive Action Federal PAC for 2015-2016:

1. William Parfet, $100,000
2. Terence Adderley and Jennifer Adderley, Kelly Services, $100,000
3. CURE Defense Fund, $65,000
4. Taubman family Taubman Co., $50,000
5. Meijer, $25,000
6. Whirlpool, $20,000
7. Nextera Energy, $10,000
8. Steven Hamp, retired, $10,000
9. Schostak Family PAC, $10,000
10. Michigan Soft Drink Association, $5,000
12. DTE Energy, $5,000
13. Mark Jones, AmeriFirst Home Mortgage, $5,000
14. Ronald Wiser, financial planner, $5,000
15. David V. Johnson, Victor International Corp., $5,000

Top donors to Rick Snyder for Michigan for the 2014 cycle:

1. Michigan Republican Party, $131,184
2. DeVos family, $122,430
3. Nicholson family, $69,000
4. Taubman family, $54,400
5. Cotton family, $47,600
6. Meijer family, $33,000
7. Van Andel family, $23,800
8. Young family, $20,400
9. Dozens of couples gave $13,600

Top donors to Moving Michigan Forward for 2013-2014:

1. Jackson National Life, $75,000
2. HTC Global Services, $50,000
3. Consumers Energy, $50,000
4. Health Care Association of Michigan, $30,000
5. Michigan Health and Hospital Association, $25,000
6. HNTB Corporation, $25,000
7. PVS Chemicals Inc., $25,000
8. William Parfet, MPI Research, $25,000
9. Edifecs Inc., $25,000
10. Delta Dental, $25,000
11. Alticor, $20,000
12. Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish-Band, $20,000
13. Firekeepers Development Authority, $15,000
14. Haworth Inc., $15,000
15. CNSI, $15,000
16. United Health Group Inc., $15,000
17. Verizon, $10,000
18. DTE Energy, $10,000
19. ITC Holdings Corp. $10,000
20. United States Steel Corporation, $10,000
21. Leading Age Michigan, $10,000
22. L & L Wine & Liquor Corporation, $10,000

Top donors to the Governor's Club for 2011-2014:

1. DTE Energy, $100,000
2. Michigan Health and Hospital Association, $75,000
3. Michigan Credit Union League, $75,000
4. ITC Holdings Corp., $70,000
5. Consumers Energy, $65,000
6. William Parfet, MPI Research, $50,000
7. Delta Dental, $37,650
8. Haworth Inc., $35,000
9. HNTB Corporation, $35,000
10. Jackson National Life, $33,604
11. PVS Chemicals, $25,000
12. Health Care Association of Michigan, $25,000
13. William Martin, First Martin Corporation, $25,000
14. AT&T of Michigan, $25,000
15. Peter Fletcher, Credit Bureau of Ypsilanti, $25,000
16. Muchmore Harrington Smalley & Associates, $20,000
17. Hewlett Packard Company, $19,500
18. Compuware Corp., $16,000
19. Universal Health Management LLC, $10,000
20. J.C. Huizenga, $10,000
21. United States Steel Corporation, $10,000
22. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, $10,000
23. Michigan Chamber of Commerce, $10,000

Top donors to the One Tough Nerd PAC for 2011-2014:

1. James Nicholson, PVS Chemicals, $60,000
2. Kenneth Eisenberg, Kenwal Steel, $25,000
3. Mohammad Qazi, Ciena Healthcare Management, $25,000
4. Michael Jandernoa, 42 North Partners, $25,000
5. William Parfet, MPI Research, $25,000
6. David Frey, retired, $25,000
7. Edward Levy Jr., $20,000
8. Haworth family, $15,000
9. Eric Fritz, Fritz Enterprises, $10,000

Top donors to Rick Snyder for Michigan for the 2010 cycle:

1. Rick and Sue Snyder, $5,941,027
2. Michigan Republican Party, $62,049
3. Shea family, $27,200
4. Cotton family $20,400
5. DeVos family, $20,400
6. Ford family, $13,600
7. Meijer family, $13,600
8. Nicholson family, $13,600
9. Dozens of couples gave $6,800 each

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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