Groups That Will Fight For Control Of The Legislature Have A Record Amount Of Money

The Contribution Limit For Giving To Michigan’s Four Caucus Committees Doubled In 2013

 

By CRAIG MAUGER
Michigan Campaign Finance Network


LANSING — The four main groups that raise money to elect Michigan lawmakers have more cash available at the start of 2018 than they’ve had at the start of past election years. And it’s not even close.

The House Democratic Fund, the House Republican Campaign Committee, the Senate Democratic Fund and the Senate Republican Campaign Committee raise money on behalf of the four legislative caucuses.

According to new campaign finance reports, they started 2018 with a combined $7.6 million available. Their previous high for cash available at the start of an election year was just $4.4 million at the start of 2014.

Three of the individual caucuses — the House Republican Campaign Committee, the Senate Democratic Fund and Senate Republican Campaign Committee — have broken their individual records for money available at the start of an election year.

However, the Senate Republican Campaign Committee is in first place by far. With Senate Republicans holding 27 of the 38 seats in the Senate, the committee had $3.4 million on hand at the close of 2017.

Helping push the numbers upward are increased fundraising efforts, large donors and new contribution limits that took effect in 2013.

Among those large donors in December were members of West Michigan’s DeVos family. Six members of the family each gave $40,000 to both to the House Republican Campaign Committee and to the Senate Republican Campaign Committee in December.

The increased limits allow individual donors to give $40,000 a year to a caucus committee instead of just $20,000.

The following is breakdown of how much the caucus committees raised in 2017 and where the money came from.

Senate Republican Campaign Committee

Raised In 2017: $1,716,732
Spent In 2017: $193,185
Cash Available: $3,429,865

Top Donors:

1. DeVos Family, Windquest Group and RDV Corp, $240,000
2. Kennedy family, Autocam, $60,000
3. Realtors PAC, Michigan Association of Realtors, $40,000
4. Moving Michigan Forward, Arlan Meekhof, $40,000
5. Moving Michigan Forward I, Arlan Meekhof, $40,000
6. Dave Hildenbrand for Senate, David Hildenbrand, $40,000
7. DTE Energy PAC, $40,000
8. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan PAC, $40,000
9. Michigan Republican Party, $40,000
10. Meekhof for Senate, Arlan Meekhof, $40,00
11. Compete Michigan, Mike Shirkey, $40,000
12. Ronald Weiser, McKinley and Associates, $40,000

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

House Republican Campaign Committee

Raised In 2017: $2,056,280
Spent In 2017: $167,468
Cash Available: $1,997,755

Top Donors:

1. DeVos Family, Windquest Group and RDV Corp, $240,000
2. Nancy and John Kennedy, Autocam, $80,000
3. Secchia family, Sibsco, $80,000
4. Weiser family, McKinley Associates, $80,000
5. Spencer Partrich, executive Lautrec, $40,000
6. Tom Leonard for State Representative, candidate committee, $40,000
7. Michigan Values Leadership Fund, Tom Leonard, $40,000
8. Realtors PAC, Michigan Association of Realtors, $40,000
9. Michigan Values Leadership Fund II, Tom Leonard, $40,000
10. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, $40,000
11. Lee Chatfield for State Representative, candidate committee, $40,000
12. James B. Nicholson, PVS Chemicals, $40,000
13. Chatfield Majority Fund, Rep. Lee Chatfield, $40,000
14. Michigan Republican Party, $40,000

Senate Democratic Fund

Raised In 2017: $658,543
Spent In 2017: $148,548
Cash Available: $1,451,692

Top Donors:

1. Ananich Senate Majority Fund, Jim Ananich, $40,000
2. Ananich Future Fund, Jim Ananich, $40,000
3. Michigan Education Association, MEA PAC, $40,000
4. Friends of Jim Ananich, Jim Ananich, $40,000
5. Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, $40,000
6. Michigan Association for Justice, Justice PAC, $40,000
7. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Voluntary Fund, $32,000
8. United Auto Workers Michigan PAC, $30,000
9. David Knezek for State Senate, David Knezek, $25,000
10. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, $25,000
11. Curtis Hertel Jr. for Senate, $25,000

House Democratic Fund

Raised In 2017: $1,065,317
Spent In 2017: $431,356
Cash Available: $736,865

Top Donors:

1. Michigan Education Association, MEA PAC, $40,000
2. Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, $40,000
3. Singh for Michigan, Rep. Sam Singh, $40,000
4. Sam Singh for State Representative, $40,000
5. Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters, $40,000
6. Singh Majority Fund, Sam Singh, $40,000
7. Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, $40,000
8. United Auto Workers Michigan PAC, $40,000
9. Chris Greig Candidate Committee, $40,000
10. Justice PAC, Michigan Association for Justice, $40,000

 

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