As published in the Lansing State Journal, 12/17/2009
By Rich Robinson
Nearly any serious observer of Michigan’s budget process would tell you our state’s tax codes are an anachronistic mess. Our income tax, sales tax and business tax are ill-suited for a 21st century economy and need to b...
posted on 12/17/2009
By Rich Robinson
The new rule adopted by the Michigan Supreme Court that specifies grounds and procedures for disqualification of a justice whose impartiality in a case is legitimately in question is a well-reasoned response to the contemporary realities of judicial election campaigns.
posted on 12/11/2009
LANSING – Candidate-focused “issue” advertising is dominating the television campaign for the 19th Senate District special election. Republican candidate Mike Nofs has purchased $148,000 worth of television time, while his supporters, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce ($104,446) the Michigan Re...
posted on 10/30/2009
LANSING – Fundraising by Lansing’s leading political action committees (PACs) continues to lag compared to the last two election cycles. The state’s top 150 PACs raised $12,062,243 through October 20th, according to data compiled by the Michigan Campaign Finance Network from reports filed with...
posted on 10/28/2009
LANSING – Reported spending by Lansing lobbyists for the first seven months of 2009 totaled $17,281,754, according to reports filed with the Michigan Department of State and compiled by the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. That total is down by 11.3 percent compared to January through July of 20...
posted on 09/21/2009
LANSING -- It appears that the Great Recession has finally reached the money-in-politics sector of Michigan’s economy. Michigan’s top political action committees (PACs) are accumulating funds at their slowest pace since 2003, according to data compiled by the Michigan Campaig...
posted on 08/05/2009
LANSING – The Michigan Campaign Finance Network is urging the Michigan Supreme Court to consider campaign spending as a reason for recusal, in response to the Court’s invitation for public comment on draft disqualification rules.
Citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the case of Caperto...
posted on 08/05/2009
Statement of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network
The U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Caperton v. Massey Coal Company establishes that extraordinary campaign spending to support the election of a judge can create an unconstitutional probability of bias that requires the judge to disqu...
posted on 06/08/2009
LANSING -- Despite Michigan’s downward economic spiral, several campaign finance records were set in the state’s 2008 election cycle. Details are contained in the 2008 Citizen’s Guide to Michigan Campaign Finance, released today by the Michigan Campaign Finance Network.
On the federal side...
posted on 05/14/2009
LANSING – Lansing lobbyists spent $34,075,809 in 2008, according to reports filed with the Michigan Department of State. This set a new record for lobbyists’ spending, up by six percent compared to the previous record of $32,212,332, set in 2007.
Six multi-client firms topped the list in 2008...
posted on 03/23/2009
LANSING – By a three-to-one margin, Michigan voters believe that there is a probability of bias when a judge hears a case involving a major financial supporter of his election campaign. Eighty-five percent believe that a judge should disqualify himself from a case involving such a campaign support...
posted on 03/17/2009
Can two sides in a lawsuit receive equal justice – when one side has spent $3 million to elect the judge who is deciding the case? That is the question at the heart of Caperton v. Massey, a landmark case that was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 3rd.
That case and its implications ...
posted on 03/06/2009
revised 11:30a, 2/4/09
LANSING – Michigan’s top 150 political action committees (PACs) raised $41.4 million during the 2007-2008 election cycle according to reports filed with the Department of State’s Bureau of Elections and compiled by the nonpartisan Michigan Campaign Finance Network.
posted on 02/04/2009