The Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan nonprofit based in Washington, D.C, submitted an analysis this week of the Michigan Senate bill that would broaden the potential connection between candidates and Super PACs that can receive unlimited contributions.
While the bill, Senate Bill 638, has been touted as a way to simply put the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in Michigan law, The Campaign Legal Center says it goes well beyond that, “allowing candidates to coordinate nearly every aspect of their supporters’ ‘independent’ expenditures.”
The bill allows candidates, who face contribution limits for their own committees, to fundraise unlimited contributions for independent expenditure committees that support them. It also allows vendors and others who work closely with the candidates to also work with the independent expenditure committees that support the candidates.
Sponsored by Sen. David Robertson (R-Grand Blanc), the bill passed the Senate 25-13 in December. It is now awaiting action before the House Elections Committee.
The Campaign Legal Center’s Catherine Hinckley Kelley, state and local reform program director, and Paul S. Ryan, deputy executive director, authored the analysis. The group’s website is campaignlegalcenter.org.
Read the full analysis at the link that's above right.