More Money Is Flowing Into State Politics. Help Us Keep Following It.

This Summer, Contributions To The Michigan Campaign Finance Network From New Supporters Are Being Matched.


At the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, we work hard to follow the money in state politics as a service to the people of Michigan. In 2018, there’s been a lot of money to follow.

This fall, Michigan voters will pick a new governor, a new attorney general and a new secretary of state. They will also pick candidates to fill all 38 seats in the state Senate, all 110 seats in the state House and seats on the Michigan Supreme Court, on the State Board of Education and on university boards. In addition, the state will see a race for a U.S. Senate seat.

We’ve already documented $42 million in the race for governor, a record amount of fundraising by political action committees and  $12 million in contributions to ballot proposal campaigns.

We publish investigative reports, partner with traditional media outlets on revealing projects and try to make crucial information on how state government works accessible (you can see some of our best work from this year below). We also maintain databases on fundraising by lawmakers and campaigns. We make all of the information available to the public.

Our work has won awards, including one for government reporting in May, and our work continues to garner attention statewide. It’s possible because of the generosity of foundations and individuals across Michigan. But we need your support to keep it going.

This summer, your contribution will go further. A generous Northern Michigan family foundation will give $2 for every $1 a new donor provides for MCFN. If you give $100, the foundation will give $200. The maximum match the foundation will provide is $5,000.

To make a contribution to MCFN online, follow this link to give through the Network for Good.

To mail a contribution, our address is Michigan Campaign Finance Network; 600 West Saint Joseph, Suite 3G; Lansing, MI 48933. For more information, email



July 11: A Collaborative Project With Bridge: Emails Cast Doubt About Michigan’s Ties To Enbridge In Line 5 Debate















June 27: A Collaborative Project With Fox 2 Detroit: How Under-The-Radar Campaigns Backed By The Same Company Tried To Shape City Government In Detroit















June 8: Michigan Justices Supported By Opponents Of Redistricting Proposal May Decide Its Fate

















May 10: ‘It Will Send A Message’: Some Of The First State Senate Ads Of 2018 Are Funded By Secret Donors

















March 26: In Search Of Cash: State Officeholders Reported Having 601 Fundraisers Last Year
















March 2: 30 Lawmakers Got At Least $1,000 In Lobbyist-Funded Food Last Year, According To Filings


Donate Now

Your financial support enables us to do research you won't find anywhere else.

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required