Donor Tracking: Who's Funding Your Representative

Following The Money: This page is designed to help the public find out who’s funding their elected officials. The information shows state officeholders' top donors over time across a variety of giving methods. The data comes from the Secretary of State’s database and IRS filings.

The data was last updated Aug. 16, 2019. For candidate committees, the numbers cover through July 20, 2019. For political action committees (PACs) connected to officeholders, the numbers cover through July 20, 2019.

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9th House District, Rep. Karen Whitsett

9TH HOUSE DISTRICT (Northwest Detroit)

Current representative: The current representative of the 9th House District is Rep. Karen Whitsett (D-Detroit). The 9th District includes parts of the cities of Dearborn and Detroit, according to House Democrats. According to her official website, Whitsett was previously a community organizer who fought for reduced auto insurance rates and "advocated for neighborhood improvement projects."

Rep. Whitsett was first elected to the House in 2018, taking office in 2019.

A map of the 9th district is available here.

Rep. Whitsett raises money through a candidate committee, Committee to Elect Karen Whitsett for State Representative.

TALLY: Top Disclosed Donors To Whitsett And Connected Committees From 2018 To The Present:

  Donor Amount Industry
1. Duggan Leadership Fund $6,700 Politicians
2. Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters $6,000 Organized Labor
3. United Auto Workers Region 1A $5,000 Organized Labor
4. Saad Family, Detroit $1,600 Individuals
5. James and Nicole Pollack, West Bloomfield $1,500 Individuals
6. Realtors PAC of MI $1,500 Real Estate
7. AAA $1,250 Automotive
8. Blue Cross Blue Shield $1,000 Health Care
9. Robert Deroven, Birmingham $1,000 Individuals
10. Elder Fund for Michigan, Politicians $1,000 Politicians
11. Rachel Leemis $1,000 Individuals
12. MI Credit Union League Action $1,000 Finance and Banking

DETAILED LISTS:

Top donors to Committee to Elect Karen Whitsett for State Representative for 2019-2020:

  Donor Amount Industry
1. MI Credit Union League Action $1,000 Finance and Banking
2. Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters $1,000 Organized Labor
3. Saad Family, Detroit $1,000 Individuals
4. DTE Energy $750 Utilities
5. Blue Cross Blue Shield $500 Health Care
6. CNG Holdings $500 Finance and Banking
7. MI Bankers Association $500 Finance and Banking
8. Mich PAC SFAA $500 Business
9. Auto Dealers of Michigan $250 Business
10. Albert Gregory Eaton, Lansing $250 Individuals

Top donors to Committee to Elect Karen Whitsett for State Representative for 2018:

1. Duggan Leadership Fund, Mike Duggan, $6,700
2. United Auto Workers Region 1A PAC, $5,000
3. Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters, $5,000
4. Karen Whitsett, $2,236
5. Realtors PAC, $1,500
6. Automobile Club AAA, $1,250
7. James Pollack, Detroit Financial, $1,000
8. Robert DeRoven, Detroit Financial, $1,000
9. Rachel Leemis, Birmingham, $1,000
10. Anthony Townsend, Renaissance Environmental, $1,000
11. Michigan Education Association, MEA PAC, $750
12. Frankenmuth PAC, $750

Campaign finance reports can be found in the Michigan Secretary of State's campaign finance database. If you see an error in the above data, please contact us at mcfn@mcfn.org.

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