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 Feb. 21, 2017.

15th Senate District, Sen. Mike Kowall

15TH SENATE DISTRICT (A portion of Oakland County)

Current senator: The current senator for the 15th District is Sen. Mike Kowall (R-White Lake). The district includes Commerce Twp., Milford Twp., Northville, Novi, Walled Lake, West Bloomfield Twp. and White Lake Twp. Kowall is the majority floor leader of the Senate and he serves as vice chair of the Commerce Committee and the Oversight Committee, according to the Senate Republicans. He also serves on the Government Operations Committee, the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules and the Regulatory Reform Committee.

A map of the 15th District is available here.

Kowall raises money through a candidate committee, Friends of Mike Kowall for State Senate, and a leadership PAC, the Kowall Majority Fund. He is connected to an administrative account, the Prosperous Michigan Fund, and a nonprofit fund, Kowall for Michigan, which doesn't have to report its donors publicly.

TALLY: Top Disclosed Donors To Sen. Kowall From 2011 Until The Present:

1. Moving Michigan Forward Fund, Arlan Meekhof, $40,000

2. Michigan Health & Hospital Association, $26,950

3. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, $24,984

4. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, $22,100

5. Mike Kowall, $20,912

6. Detroit International Bridge, $20,000

7. AT&T, $20,000

8. DeVos family, $18,000

9. Michigan Association of Health Plans, $17,500

10. Cotton family, Meridian Health Plan, $15,000


DETAILED LISTS:

Top donors to Friends of Mike Kowall for 2015-2016:

1. Kowall Leadership Fund, $11,858
2. Operating Engineers Local 324 PAC, $10,000
3. Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters, $10,000
4. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan PAC, $6,000
5. Citizens for Michigan, $5,000
6. Michigan Association of Realtors, Realtors PAC, $5,000
7. Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Health PAC, $5,000
8. Fritz family, $4,000
9. Michigan Federal Express Corp. PAC, $3,800
10. General Motors PAC, $3,475
11. Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association PAC, $3,500
12. DTE Energy PAC, $3,000
13. Ford Motor Civic Action Fund, $2,850

Top donors to Kowall Majority Fund for 2015-2016:

1. Comcast & NBC PAC, $7,000
2. Michigan Bankers Association, Bank PAC, $5,500
3. Moving Michigan Forward II, Arlan Meekhof, $5,000
4. Michigan Association of Realtors, Realtors PAC, $4,000
5. Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Health PAC, $3,600
6. DTE Energy PAC, $3,000
7. CMS Energy PAC, Consumers Energy, $2,500
8. MorbanPAC, $2,500
9. Michelle Carroll, homemaker, $2,500
10. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, $2,000
11. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association PAC, $2,000
12. Chaldean Chamber PAC, $2,000
13. Federal Express PAC, $1,600
14. Michigan Chamber of Commerce PAC, $1,500
15. Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association PAC, MITA, $1,500

Top donors to Prosperous Michigan Fund for 2015-2016:

1. Michigan Building and Construction Trades Legal PR Fund, $10,000
2. AT&T, $10,000
3. Michigan Association of Health Plans, $5,500
4. Anheuser Busch, $5,000
5. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, $5,000
6. Somnio Global, $4,000
7. Michigan Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility, $3,500
8. Jackson National, $2,500
9. Sheet Metal Workers Association, $2,500
10. Tesla Motors, $2,500
11. Michigan Health & Hospital Association, $2,500
12. BPH Communities Inc., $2,500
13. Cotton family, Meridian Health Plan, $2,500
14. Michigan Credit Union League, $2,500
15. Reynolds American Inc., $2,500

Top donors to Kowall for Michigan for 2015:

No contributions disclosed publicly.

Top donors to Friends of Mike Kowall for 2011-2014:

1. Mike Kowall, $20,912
2. (Mike) Kowall Majority Fund, $20,000
3. Moving Michigan Forward Fund (Arlan Meekhof), $20,000
4. DeVos family, $18,000
5. Moroun family, $10,000
6. (Randy) Richardville Leadership Fund, $10,000
7. Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Health PAC, $8,850
8. DTE Energy Co. PAC, $8,700
9. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association PAC, $7,984
10. Michigan Association of Health Plans PAC, MAHP PAC, $6,700
11. CMS Energy Employees for Better Government, $6,350
12. North Oakland PAC, NO PAC, $6,144
13. (Mike) Kowall Leadership Committee, $5,000
14. Michigan Association of Realtors, Realtors PAC, $5,000
15. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan PAC, $4,600
16. Meijer PAC, $4,500
17. Auto Dealers of Michigan PAC, $4,250

Top donors to Kowall Majority Fund for 2013-2014:

1. Moving Michigan Forward Fund (Arlan Meekhof), $20,000
2. Cotton family, $10,000
3. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association PAC, $8,500
4. (Mike) Kowall Leadership Committee, $8,100
5. General Contractors PAC, $5,000
6. Michigan Jobs Fund (Roger Kahn), $5,000
7. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, $4,500
8. Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Health PAC, $4,500
9. Comcast Corp. PAC, $4,000
10. Business Leaders for Michigan PAC, $2,500
11. Auto Dealers of Michigan PAC 2, $2,250

Top donors to Prosperous Michigan Fund for 2013-2014:

1. Detroit International Bridge, $20,000
2. AT&T, $10,000
3. Michigan Cogeneration Venture Ltd, $10,000
4. Powering the Economy, Detroit Regional Chamber, $8,500
5. McLaren Health Advantage, $5,000
6. Michigan Association of Health Plans, $5,000
7. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, $5,000
8, Koza Brothers Management, $5,000
9. Michigan Cable Telecommunications Association, $3,500
10. Tesla Motors, $3,000
11. NCP Finance Ohio, $2,500
12. Walmart, $2,500
13. Michigan Health and Hospital Association, $2,500

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.