Michigan Campaign Finance Network Announces New Executive Director

LANSING, Mich. -- The board of directors for the Michigan Campaign Finance Network (MCFN) is pleased to announce that Craig Mauger, who's covered the State Capitol as a reporter since 2012, will be the organization's new executive director.

MCFN is a nonpartisan nonprofit that seeks to shine light on the role of money in politics through research and educational initiatives. "Our board is proud and excited to be joined by Craig Mauger, who comes to us with years of award-winning work, finding the information critical to a democracy," said Lynn Jondahl, president of the MCFN board. "Craig knows the subject, and he knows Michigan government. His proven skills, passion and integrity will serve all of us well."

Mauger, a graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, spent the last decade working as a journalist covering government and politics. For the last three and a half years, he worked as a reporter for Michigan Information & Research Service (MIRS News) in Lansing. At MIRS, much of Mauger's coverage focused on money in politics. He's written about the changing role of politically focused nonprofits, investigated the purchase of a new Senate office building and uncovered that a top state official was benefiting from primary residence tax breaks in two states. "As more money flows into Michigan politics in evolving ways, MCFN's mission is becoming more important," Mauger said. "I look forward to continuing to follow the money, to being a watchdog for the public and to doing it with objectivity, accuracy and integrity."

Rich Robinson, who had been MCFN's executive director since 2001, will continue to help guide the organization going forward as he joins the board of directors.

Follow MCFN on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MichiganCFN. (Photo at left by Simon Schuster)

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