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. 14, 2018.

79th House District, Rep. Kim LaSata

79TH HOUSE DISTRICT (A portion of Berrien County)

Current representative: The current representative for the 79th House District is Rep. Kim LaSata (R-St. Joseph). The district includes the cities of Coloma, St. Joseph, Benton Harbor, Bridgman and Watervliet and the townships of Bainbridge, Benton, Coloma, Hagar, Lake Charter, Lincoln, Royalton, St. Joseph and Watervliet, according to the House Republicans. She is chair of the House Appropriations Higher Education Subcommittee.

LaSata taught fifth grade at Lake Michigan Catholic Schools since 2006, according to her official website.

A map of the 79th District is available here.

Rep. LaSata raises money through a state House candidate committee called Kim LaSata for State Representative. She launched a candidate committee to run for the state Senate, Kim LaSata for State Senate, in February 2018. She's also connected to a leadership PAC, Keep Improving Michigan PAC.

TALLY: Top Disclosed Donors To Rep. LaSata And Connected Committees From 2016 Until The Present

1. Michigan Chamber PAC, $16,750

2. DeVos family, Amway, $12,000

3. The Great Southwest Fund, John Proos, $10,000

4. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, $7,750

5. Michigan Values Leadership Fund, Tom Leonard, $7,500

6. Kim LaSata, Lake Michigan Catholic Schools, $5,321

7. Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters, $5,000

8. Haworth family, Haworth, $4,000

9. Automobile Club PAC, $3,050

10. Chatfield Majority Fund, Lee Chatfield, $3,000

11. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan PAC, $3,000


DETAILED LISTS

Top donors to Kim LaSata for State Senate for 2017-2018:

1. KIm LaSata for State Representative, transfer, $21,000
2. DeVos family, Amway, $12,000
3. The Great Southwest Fund, John Proos, $10,000
4. Michigan Chamber of Commerce PAC, $5,000
5. Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters, $5,000
6. Haworth family, Haworth, $4,000
7. Michigan Credit Union League, $2,500
8. John Kennedy, Autocam Medical, $2,000
9. Auto Dealers of Michigan PAC, $2,000
10. Alan Ackerman, attorney, $2,000
11. Nina Binger, $2,000

Top donors to Kim LaSata for State Representative for 2017-2018:

1. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, $3,750
2. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan PAC, $2,750
3. Chatfield Majority Fund, Lee Chatfield, $2,000
4. Michigan Chamber PAC, $1,750
5. Michigan Education Partners, $1,500
6. Friends of Ferris, $1,500
7. CMS Energy Corporation PAC, $1,450
8. Realtors PAC of Michigan, $1,250
9. Pfizer Michigan PAC, $1,000
10. Dykema Gossett, $1,000
11. Mathews family, Dowagiac, $1,000
12. Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters, $1,000
13. Automobile Club PAC, AC PAC, $1,000
14. Michigan Laborers Political League, $1,000

Top donors to Keep Improving Michigan PAC for 2017-2018:

1. David and Sarah Matthews, Dowagiac, $1,000
2. Daniel and Brenda Batts, Kalamazoo, $200
3. Michigan Strategic Leadership, Jim Lilly, $100
4. Bruce Binger, Benton Harbor, $100

Top donors to Kim LaSata for State Representative for 2015-2016:

1. Michigan Chamber PAC, $10,000
2. Michigan Values Leadership Fund, Tom Leonard, $7,500
3. Kim LaSata, Lake Michigan Catholic Schools, $4,131
4. Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, $4,000
5. VerHeulen Leadership Fund, Rob VerHeulen, $2,500
6. Southwest Michigan First PAC, $1,500
7. Greater Rochester Leadership Fund, $1,500
8. Automobile Club PAC, $1,500
9. Axcess Financial Services PAC, $1,000
10. Frankenmuth PAC, $1,000
11. Mary Ellen Tatter, retired, $1,000
12. Michael Jandernoa, 42 North Partners LLC, $1,000
13. Shamrock PAC, Laura Cox, $1,000
14. West Michigan Liberty Fund, Aaron Miller, $1,000
15. Chatfield Majority Fund, Lee Chatfield, $1,000
16. DTE Energy Company PAC, $1,000
17. Michigan Petroleum Jobbers PAC, $1,000
18. GOPAC Election Fund, $1,000
19. Friends of Southwest Michigan College PAC, $1,000

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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