Posts tagged 2010 News

$30M spent in three Michigan congressional races

amended 5:00 p.m., 12/3/2010 LANSING –The candidates and interest groups spent $30 million in Michigan’s three most competitive congressional elections in 2010. Overall, the candidates’ spending was $12.2 million and outside groups spent $17.9 million. Spending totaled $14.1 million in th... read more

posted on 12/03/2010

Candidates are junior partners in campaign ad wars

LANSING – Candidate committees are junior partners in the campaign ad wars being waged over Michigan’s governorship and two seats on the Michigan Supreme Court. In the gubernatorial campaign, Republican Rick Snyder and Democrat Virg Bernero have spent a combined total of $3.1 million for televis... read more

posted on 10/29/2010

The era of corporate PACs in Michigan begins

LANSING – A new era has begun for Michigan political action committees. Reports filed Monday with the Michigan Department of State show that the first state PACs funded by corporate contributions have been established. The Michigan Association of Realtors has established an eponymously named s... read more

posted on 10/27/2010

House even, Republicans have big money advantage in Senate

LANSING – Competition for control of the Michigan House of Representatives is nearly dead-even in campaign finance terms. However, in the contest for control of the Michigan Senate, Republicans have raised twice as much money as Democrats, they’ve already spent 60 percent more money than Democra... read more

posted on 10/25/2010

Statewide candidates file pre-general finance reports

LANSING – The candidates for governor, secretary of state, attorney general and justice of the Supreme Court have filed their pre-election reports. Republican Rick Snyder has wide cash advantage over his Democratic opponent Virg Bernero, and the incumbent Supreme Court justices, Robert P. Young, J... read more

posted on 10/22/2010

Michigan Chamber gives $5.4M to RGA

LANSING -- So far in 2010 the Michigan Chamber of Commerce has contributed $5,372,500 to the Republican Governors Association. That amount includes $2,825,000 sent to the RGA in the third quarter of 2010, according to a report filed with the Internal Revenue Service on October 15th. That is on top o... read more

posted on 10/19/2010

Congressional candidates raised $7.5M in 3rd quarter

LANSING – Michigan’s major party congressional candidates reported raising $7.5 million in the period from July 15th through September 30th, according to reports filed yesterday with the Federal Election Commission. As a group, the candidates have raised $25.4 million so far this election cycle.... read more

posted on 10/16/2010

Lobbyists report spending $17.8M through July

LANSING – Lansing lobbyists reported spending $17.8 million in the first seven months of 2010, according to reports filed with the Michigan Department of State and compiled by the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. That total is up by 1.7 percent compared to 2009, when lobbyists reported spending ... read more

posted on 10/07/2010

Proxies dominate early campaign ad wars

LANSING – Candidates’ television ad campaigns are being overshadowed by third-party ad sponsors in the early phase of three out of four of Michigan’s hottest political campaigns. The candidates’ television campaigns account for less than 20 percent of the TV advertising in the 1st Congressio... read more

posted on 10/05/2010

Convention nominees report campaign finances

LANSING – Post-convention campaign finance reports filed by the major party nominees for statewide offices show one very close money-race and two races where there are wide disparities between candidates. Democrat Jocelyn Benson and Republican Ruth Johnson have nearly identical fund balances o... read more

posted on 09/29/2010

Legislative candidates raised $20.9M through post-primary

Candidates for the Michigan Legislature raised $20.9 million and spent $14.5 million through the post-primary campaign reports. That fundraising total is up by 8.3 percent compared to 2006, the last time candidates for both the House and Senate faced the electorate. Summary statistics per chamber fo... read more

posted on 09/24/2010

Comparing 21st century Michigan gubernatorial primaries

The 2010 gubernatorial primary candidates reported raising $18.9 million, through the post primary reports filed on September 2nd. Republican nominee Rick Snyder raised the most with $8,092,507. As of the August 23rd close of books, Democratic nominee Virg Bernero raised 6th most among the field of ... read more

posted on 09/03/2010

Gub TV: $10.6M; Unaccountable: $3.9M

LANSING: -- Television advertising for Michigan’s gubernatorial primary election totals $10.6 million. Of that total, $3.9 million paid for candidate-focused “issue” advertising which is not reported in the state’s campaign finance disclosure system. Data were collected by the Michigan C... read more

posted on 07/30/2010

RGA's $4M leads record PAC fundraising

The Republican Governors Association established a Michigan state political action committee (PAC) last December and it has ascended to the top of the list of state PACs with its latest filing. The Republican Governors Association Michigan 2010 PAC has taken in $4,162,586 since April, and so far thi... read more

posted on 07/27/2010

Legislative candidates have raised $17.4M for primaries

revised 7/27/2010 The field of 663 primary election candidates for the Michigan Legislature report having raised $17.4 million through July 18th, according to reports on file with the Bureau of Elections, as of 11:00 a.m. on July 26th. House of Representatives Reported fundraising by House ca... read more

posted on 07/26/2010

Gubernatorial candidates have raised $16.2 M

LANSING -- Michigan’s active gubernatorial candidates have raised $16.2 million through July 18th, the end of the Pre-primary Election reporting period, according to reports filed with the Bureau of Elections. Republican Rick Snyder has raised the most among candidates with $7.3 million, nearly... read more

posted on 07/23/2010

State candidates for U.S. House have raised $20.3M

Lansing – Michigan candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives raised $20.3 million this election cycle, as of June 30th, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. Freshman Democratic Reps. Gary Peters (9th District) and Mark Schauer (7th District) are the leading fu... read more

posted on 07/16/2010

Gubernatorial TV spending totals $3.4 million on July 4th

LANSING – With just more than four weeks to go until primary Election Day, television advertising is lagging far behind the pace of Michigan’s last two gubernatorial campaigns. Five candidates and one nonprofit organization have spent $3,371,214 so far, with Republicans Mike Cox and Rick Snyder ... read more

posted on 07/02/2010

Reading the tea leaves of public funding applications

LANSING – With over 500 individuals seeking state offices this election cycle, it is safe to say that candidates have already raised several million dollars this year. However, due to disgracefully lax state reporting requirements, the citizens of Michigan currently have access to 2010 fundraising... read more

posted on 06/14/2010

Invisible hands pull strings in Michigan campaigns

This opinion was published in the Detroit Free Press on June 10, 2010 under the title, 'Pay special attention to non-advocacy spending' By Rich Robinson In the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned precedent to allow corporations to make inde... read more

posted on 06/10/2010

Gubernatorial TV totals $2.15M on Memorial Day

revised 6/2/2010 LANSING – Michigan gubernatorial television advertising has totaled $2,146,981 through May 31, 2010, all on the Republican side of the contest. Rick Snyder leads the spending race, so far, at $1,336,893. Mike Cox currently ranks second at $527,737. Mike Bouchard is third at $4... read more

posted on 06/01/2010

Robinson receives DMBA Liberty Bell Award

DETROIT -- The Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association has given its 2010 Liberty Bell Award to Rich Robinson, executive director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. The Association’s incoming president, Morley Witus, made the presentation at the DMBA’s annual meeting on May 27th at the Gr... read more

posted on 05/28/2010

One small victory for democracy

LANSING – The Michigan Department of State has given the Michigan Chamber of Commerce clear guidance on how the Chamber can exercise newly won campaign expenditure rights that flowed from the U.S Supreme Court decision earlier this year in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission... read more

posted on 05/23/2010

Cowardly New World

LANSING – The future of Michigan political campaigns is unfolding this week in Grand Rapids. The Mike Cox gubernatorial campaign and a corporate aggregator of undisclosed political contributions called Americans for Job Security are targeting Cox’s primary opponent Pete Hoekstra in a two-pronged... read more

posted on 05/13/2010

Transparency in campaigns? State just says, "No."

LANSING – The Michigan Department of State issued a draft response on April 30th to a request from the Michigan Chamber of Commerce for a Declaratory Ruling on disclosure requirements for corporate expenditures in State campaigns in view of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision earlier this year in ... read more

posted on 05/10/2010

Handi-PAC-ing the Michigan Leadership Derby

LANSING -- As the time approaches when term limits will remove Michigan’s current constitutional executives and all top leaders on both sides of the aisle in both legislative chambers, concerned observers’ attention turns to the question of who will lead State government on January 1, 2011. E... read more

posted on 04/29/2010

State PAC fundraising continues to lag

LANSING – Fundraising by Michigan’s top state political action committees (PACs) continues to lag behind the pace of recent election cycles, according to reports filed with the Michigan Bureau of Elections. The top 150 state PACs raised $19.8 million from January 2009 through April 20, 2010. Tha... read more

posted on 04/27/2010

Secretary Land's pass/fail legacy test

LANSING –Terri Lynn Land will define her legacy as Secretary of State when her department issues its Declaratory Ruling for campaign disclosure rules necessitated by the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The Department of State’s ruling will restore t... read more

posted on 03/17/2010

State lobbying down $2.3M in 2009

revised 2/23/2010 LANSING – Michigan’s decade long recession has finally affected the Lansing lobbying industry. Reported lobbying expenditures for 2009 totaled $31,849,916, down by 6.8 percent compared to 2008. The top lobbying entities have not been affected in the same way as the indust... read more

posted on 02/22/2010

Legislators raised $6 million in 2009

Incumbent Michigan legislators reported raising just less than $6 million for their various candidate committees in annual campaign finance reports that were due on February 1st. For incumbent representatives, those reports were the first filed since their 2008 post-general election reports, which c... read more

posted on 02/08/2010

Campaign spending for open statewide seats on a blistering pace

Spending by candidates to be governor, attorney general and secretary of state appears sluggish this year compared to the last time the offices were on the ballot in 2006, when incumbents occupied all three offices. But campaign spending so far is two and a half times what it was at this point in th... read more

posted on 02/02/2010

MCFN statement on <i>Citizens United v. F.E.C.</i>

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and reversing Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce probably won’t change much about the way state political campaigns are run in Michigan. The political parties and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce have spent s... read more

posted on 01/21/2010