By CRAIG MAUGER
Michigan Campaign Finance Network
LANSING — If money is any indication, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) appears to have the most sincere crop of Michigan delegates heading into the Republican National Convention in July.
Over the weekend, Michigan Republicans selected 59 delegates who will help pick the GOP presidential nominee during the Cleveland convention. Because businessman Donald Trump won Michigan, 25 of the delegates are allotted to him, 17 are allotted to Cruz, and 17 are allotted to Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
However, after the first round of voting, the delegates are free to back another candidate. So the level of support the delegates have for their initial candidates is key.
On that note, of Trump’s 25 delegates, only one has taken the step of making a financial contribution to his campaign. That delegate is Matt Hall, of Grand Rapids, who gave $223.15 to Trump in February, according to federal campaign finance disclosures.
However, Cruz’s delegates have given more frequently and have made larger contributions. Of his 17 Michigan delegates, five have financially chipped in to help the campaign.
Dave Agema, former Republican national committeeman, has given Cruz $500, and former Michigan Republican Party Chair Saul Anuzis has given the maximum amount of $2,700.
The three others — Barbara Bookout, of Grand Rapids, former state House candidate Wendy Day and State Rep. Ray Franz (R-Onekama) — have all made multiple contributions to the Cruz campaign.
As for Kasich’s delegates, three of his 17 have made financial contributions to his campaign.
Former Michigan Republican Party Chair Betsy DeVos gave the Kasich campaign a maximum contribution of $2,700 in November. Former U.S. Rep. Peter Hoekstra gave $1,000 to Kasich, and Andrew Richner, of Detroit, gave $500.
While the majority of the Michigan delegates haven’t made financial contributions to their candidates, many of them have at least publicly endorsed them.
For instance, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will be a Kasich delegate, and Calley publicly endorsed Kasich in March.
Cruz’s delegates include State Rep. Gary Glenn (R-Midland), State Sen. Pat Colbeck (R-Canton) and U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Cascade Twp.), who’ve all backed his campaign.
And among Trump’s delegates are Scott Hagerstrom, who’s helping run Trump’s campaign in Michigan and Sens. Joe Hune (R-Hamburg) and Jack Brandenburg (R-Harrison Twp.), who’ve both endorsed Trump.
The Republican National Convention is July 18-21 in Cleveland. The next round of presidential campaign finance disclosures are due April 20.
A full list of Republican delegates is available here.
On the Democratic side of things, much of the attention is focused on so-called super delegates who automatically get seats at the convention in Philadelphia and who get to decide on their own whom they vote for.
In Michigan, there are 17 super delegates. They are members of Congress, Michigan Democratic Party officials and other influential Democrats.
Of the 17 listed recently by the Detroit News, six have already made contributions to the campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton while zero have contributed to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who won Michigan's primary.
Five have made maximum contributions of $2,700 to Clinton. They are Jill Alper, a media strategist, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield), attorney Barry Goodman, and Shauna Ryder Diggs, chair of the University of Michigan Board of Regents.
The sixth, Steve Cook, president of the Michigan Education Association, has contributed $400 to Clinton’s campaign through a joint fundraising committee.
Outside of those six, Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Brandon Dillon hasn’t contributed to either candidate, but his wife, Tammy Dillon, gave $1,000 to Clinton’s campaign in February 2016.
* Photos above come from the Ohio.gov, Sen. Ted Cruz's official Senate website and Donald Trump's presidential campaign website.