LANSING — Two collaborative projects the Michigan Campaign Finance Network (MCFN) worked on and helped organize in 2016 recently received awards for investigative reporting.
An October 2016 story called “Hush Funds” — a joint effort of MLive Media Group and MCFN — won a second place honor from the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors (APME) for best investigative reporting among entries from the largest newspapers in Michigan. APME held its annual awards banquet on April 30.
“Hush Funds” was a story about the widespread use of secretive fundraising accounts that can accept corporate contributions. The story found that at least one in every three Michigan lawmakers in 2016 could be connected to such an account.
On April 19, the Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists awarded a second-place prize for best online investigative reporting to a story that was a joint project of Bridge and MCFN. The October 2016 story was called “In Lansing, Where Potentially Self-Serving Votes Run Rampant” and looked at potential conflicts of interests among state legislators and the bills they sponsor.
MCFN thanks its board members, Bridge, MLive, MCFN readers and MCFN donors for making the two projects possible. While awards are nice, MCFN hopes its work leads to a more informed Michigan and a more accountable state government.
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