Which State Officeholders Have Been Raising The Most Money In 2017?

Accounts Connected To 15 State Officeholders Have Combined To Raise More Than $7 Million So Far In 2017, According To The Michigan Campaign Finance Network’s Tracking

 

By CRAIG MAUGER
Michigan Campaign Finance Network


LANSING — The attorney general, the lieutenant governor, the leaders of the state House and the state Senate and potential future leaders are among the Michigan officeholders who’ve seen the heaviest support from donors this year.

Some of those donors’ individual contributions have reached as high as $75,000.

A review of new campaign finance reports, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) filings and voluntary nonprofit disclosures shows that the fundraising vehicles of 15 current state officeholders have combined to bring in about $7.5 million so far in 2017.

Those 15 officeholders have been the top fundraisers among officials currently elected at the state level across their connected committees and organizations, according to the review. The total of $7.5 million doesn’t double count money that was transferred from one committee tied to an officeholder to another committee tied to that same officeholder.

The tally includes money received by candidate committees — subject to contribution limits — and by leadership political action committees (PACs) — not subject to contribution limits — through Oct. 20. The tally also includes money received by administrative accounts for the first half of the year and money received by nonprofits that voluntarily disclose their fundraising through the first nine months of the year.

Both administrative accounts and nonprofits connected to state officeholders can receive unlimited contributions, and many don’t disclose their fundraising totals to the public or the sources of the dollars. So if a lawmaker raises money through an organization that doesn't disclose its donors, those fundraising numbers are not included.

The following is a list of which lawmakers have been raising the most money and which groups and individuals have been their top donors, according to MCFN’s tracking.


Attorney General Bill Schuette, Republican from Midland
Amount Raised By Connected Groups: $2.37 million
About: He’s the state’s top law enforcement officer who is also running for governor. You can see the fundraising totals of other candidates for governor by following this link.

Top donors:
Dow Chemical Company, $75,000 (contribution to Schuette-connected nonprofit)
DTE Energy, $32,500
Cotton family, Meridian Health, $27,200
J.C. Huizenga, Huizenga Group, $25,000
Michigan Energy First, $25,000 (contribution to Schuette-connected nonprofit)

 

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Republican from Portland
Amount Raised By Connected Groups: $1.11 million
About: He’s second in command behind Gov. Rick Snyder and he may run for governor in 2018.

Top donors:
William and Barbara Parfet, MPI Research, $113,600
James Nicholson, PVS Chemicals, $63,600
Cotton family, Meridian Health, $22,200
Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, $18,350
David Meador, DTE Energy, $15,000

 

House Speaker Tom Leonard, Republican from DeWitt
Amount Raised By Connected Groups: $578,589
About: He leads the House Republicans. He’s also running for attorney general in 2018.

Top donors:
Business Leaders for Michigan, $50,000
John Kennedy, Autocam, $30,000
Joan and Peter Secchia, $20,000
Michigan Chamber of Commerce PAC, $15,000
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, $12,000

 

Rep. Holly Hughes, Republican from Montague
Amount Raised By Connected Groups: $533,807
About: She is in her final term in the Michigan House and is running for the Michigan Senate.

Top donors:
Holly Hughes, Montague, $500,100
John and Kathleen Workman, Muskegon, $4,000
John Essex Jr., Port City Group, $2,000
Jan Deur, Fruitland Twp., $2,000
Ronald and and Eileen Weiser, $2,000

 

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, Republican from West Olive
Amount Raised By Connected Groups: $476,467
About: He is the top ranking lawmaker in the Michigan Senate.

Top donors:
Business Leaders for Michigan, $50,000
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, $17,000
DeVos family, $15,000
Bruce John Essex, Port City Group, $12,500
Sand Products Corp., $10,000

 

Sen. Mike Shirkey, Republican from Clarklake
Amount Raised By Connected Groups: $408,425
About: He chairs a Senate committee and is expected to be the next Senate majority leader.

Top donors:
DeVos family, $50,000
John Kennedy, Autocam, $40,000
Jon Cotton, Meridian Health, $25,000
J.C. Huizenga, Huizenga Group, $10,000
Paul Gentilozzi, retired, $10,000

 

House Speaker Pro Tem Lee Chatfield, Republican from Levering
Amount Raised By Connected Groups: $365,918
About: He is the House speaker pro tem and is campaigning to be the next House speaker.

Top donors:
Jon Cotton, Meridian Health, $30,000
Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, $16,000
Michigan Chamber of Commerce, $14,000
Matthew Moroun, Central Transport, $10,000
Daniel Allor, Solomon Plumbing, $10,000

 

Gov. Rick Snyder, Republican from Ann Arbor
Amount Raised By Connected Groups: $342,590
About: He’s the governor.

Top donors:
Michigan Credit Union League, $57,500
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, $52,500
Terrence and Jennifer Adderley, Bloomfield Hills, $50,000
Michigan Health & Hospital Association, $30,000
Taubman family, Taubman Co., $25,000

 

Rep. Andy Schor, Democrat from Lansing
Amount Raised By Connected Groups: $309,165
About: He’s a state House member who’s running for mayor of Lansing this year.

Top donors:
Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters, $15,500
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 333 PAC, $15,000
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, $12,000
Miller Canfield PAC, $7,500
Lansing Regional Chamber PAC, $5,000

 

Rep. John Bizon, Republican from Battle Creek
Amount Raised By Connected Groups: $214,251
About: He’s a state House member who’s running for the Senate in 2018.

Top donors:
John Bizon, Battle Creek, $190,000
Delta PAC $2,500
Blue Cross Blue Shield, $2,500
Pettalia Preserving Majority Fund, former Rep. Peter Pettalia, $2,000
Michigan Osteopathic PAC, $1,000

 

Sen. Jim Stamas, Republican from Midland
Amount Raised By Connected Groups: $209,170
About: He’s expected to be part of the Senate GOP’s leadership team next session.

Top donors:
J.W. Fisher, Fisher Property, $15,000
David and Patricia Kepler II, Dow Chemical Company, $14,000
Michigan Bankers Association, MI BANK PAC, $4,500
Chaldean Chamber PAC, $4,500
Auto Dealers of Michigan, $4,500

 

Sen. Peter MacGregor, Republican from Rockford
Amount Raised By Connected Groups: $157,919
About: He’s vice-chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Top donors:
DeVos family, $25,000
Michael Jandernoa, 42 North Partners, $10,000
John Kennedy, Autocam, $10,000
Chaldean Chamber PAC, $4,500
Michigan Credit Union League Action Fund, $4,200

 

Rep. Peter Lucido, Republican from Shelby Twp.
Amount Raised By Connected Groups: $151,550
About: He’s chair of the House Law and Justice Committee and is running for the Senate in 2018.

Top donors:
Peter Lucido, $50,000
Mark Radom, Horizon Imaging, $5,000
Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Health PAC, $2,500
Tony Gallo, Gallo Companies, $2,000
Matthew Moroun, Centra Transport, $2,000


Rep. Chris Afendoulis, Republican from Grand Rapids Twp.
Amount Raised By Connected Groups: $142,225
About: He’s a state House member who’s running for the Senate in 2018.

Top donors:
VerHeulen Leadership Fund, Rep. Rob VerHeulen, $8,000
Michigan Health & Hospital Association, Health PAC, $5,500
Abraham family, S. Abraham & Sons, $4,000
Health Care Association of Michigan, HCAM PAC, $3,000
Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association, $2,750

 

Rep. Gary Glenn, Republican from Midland
Amount Raised By Connected Groups: $131,569
About: He’s the chair of the House Energy Committee and he’s running for the Senate in 2018.

Top donors:
David and Patricia Kepler, retired, $20,000
Robert Tondu, Texas, $5,000
Michigan Values Leadership Fund, Rep. Tom Leonard, $5,000
Comcast PAC, $3,500
Lee Mueller, retired, $3,500

 

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