Acme Township Treasurer William Boltres has gotten relief in a case of dueling lawsuits with Grand Rapids-based Meijer, Inc. Meijer had sued Boltres and three other Acme Township Board members in May 2006, alleging conflicts of interest in their decision on a land-use permit for a proposed Meijer st...
posted on 12/26/2007
LANSING – Michigan political reform advocates today commended a new comprehensive study that both praised and warned of potential problems in Michigan’s election system. The study said that although Michigan has a history of being a leader in important election administration initiatives, such a...
posted on 12/03/2007
LANSING – Today the Midwest Democracy Network (MDN) – a nonpartisan alliance of 20 civic and public interest groups from Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin – released former U.S. Senator John Edwards’ and U.S. Senator Barack Obama’s full and unedited responses to a detailed ...
posted on 11/27/2007
LANSING – Michigan’s top political action committees continue to show a robust capacity to raise money, but the top 150 state PACs are slightly behind the pace of the 2006 election cycle. The top 150 PACs so far this cycle have raised $13,460,264 through October 20, 2007. The top 150 PACs had ra...
posted on 10/30/2007
LANSING – A nasty, noisy and ridiculously expensive Michigan Supreme Court election campaign may be in the offing once again in 2008. Chief Justice Clifford Taylor and Michigan Democratic Party chairman Mark Brewer have both raised the possibility of a $20 million campaign next year when Chief Jus...
posted on 10/22/2007
LANSING – Reported expenditures by Michigan lobbyists totaled $17,736,907 from January 1 through July 31, 2007, according to reports filed with the Michigan Department of State. That total is up by four percent compared to the same period in 2006.
“The interest groups have been working very h...
posted on 10/03/2007
LANSING – Today the Midwest Democracy Network (MDN), an alliance of reform organizations in five states, called on presidential candidates to explain their positions on a variety of campaign and government reform issues.
“Voters deserve to know where candidates for our nation’s highest offi...
posted on 09/11/2007
LANSING -- Money continues to flow in the Lansing political marketplace. The top 150 political action committees (PACs) have raised $9,558,690 through July 20th this year. That pace is just slightly ahead of the 2005-2006 election cycle, when the top 150 PACs had raised $9,538,880 through the July 2...
posted on 07/30/2007
LANSING – Political campaigns in Michigan raised and spent over $192 million in the 2006 election cycle. Data and analysis for the record-breaking campaign spending are compiled in the 2006 Citizen’s Guide to Michigan Campaign Finance, released today by the Michigan Campaign Finance Network.
posted on 07/18/2007
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Federal Election Commission. v. Wisconsin Right to Life, Inc. effectively eviscerates one of the two major provisions of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002. Writing for the 5-4 majority, Chief Justice John Robert’s opinion gives corporations and union...
posted on 06/26/2007
LANSING, Michigan - An alliance of Midwest civic and political reform groups is calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to impose stronger public interest obligations on local television broadcasters as part of the new regulatory framework that will govern the pending transition from ...
posted on 06/12/2007
LANSING, MI – A new report issued today about the influence of special interest money in state judicial campaigns highlights the 2006 Supreme Court contests in Michigan in which two justices were barely challenged but still raised close to $1 million between them.
Special interest pressure is m...
posted on 05/17/2007
LANSING – State lobbyists reported $29.9 million in lobbying expenditures in 2006. That figure is up by 28.2 percent compared to the last gubernatorial-election year of 2002 when lobbyists’ spending totaled $23.3 million.
Reported spending included $450,994 for food and beverages.
posted on 02/26/2007
LANSING – Michigan’s top 150 political action committees raised $51.9 million in the 2006 election cycle. That total is up by 55 percent compared to the fundraising totals for the top 150 in the 2002 and 2004 election cycles when the totals were $33.2 million and $33.4 million, respectively.
posted on 02/07/2007