Record Amounts Of Free Food For Some Lawmakers

              So far in 2019, a small group of influential state lawmakers has been consuming larger than normal amounts of free food and drink purchased by lobbyists. Those lobbyists spent more than $4,000 on meals and beverages for three individual lawmakers over the first seven months of 2019, according to new disclosures. read more

              posted on 09/11/2019

              How A County-By-County Push Is Boosting Line 5

              A company that owns a controversial oil pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac was one of the sponsors of a recent gathering of county officeholders from across Michigan. At the event, the officeholders voted to take a policy position in favor of the pipeline, a pipeline Michigan's attorney general is trying to shut down. read more

              posted on 09/06/2019

              Lobbyist Spending Soars In Michigan In 2019

              Lobbyist spending in Michigan is on a record pace in 2019. Lobbyists reported spending $23.2 million over the first seven months of 2019, a 6-percent increase over the previous high for the same period in past years, according to disclosures. The spending came as a new class of lawmakers took office and the Legislature overhauled the state's auto insurance system. read more

              posted on 09/05/2019

              A Company, A Bill And The Opioid Crisis

              A majority of Michigan's 83 counties have sued drug distributors and manufacturers over their alleged role in the opioid epidemic. However, one of the companies named in the suits registered to lobby in Michigan this year and could soon score a victory in the Legislature. read more

              posted on 09/04/2019

              PACs Powering Lawmakers’ Fundraising In 2019

              About 66 percent of the money that Michigan’s 148 state lawmakers have reported raising for their campaigns so far this year has come from political action committees (PACs), fundraising committees connected to businesses, unions, politicians and other interest groups that aim to influence what happens in Lansing. Only about 28 percent has come directly from individual donors. read more

              posted on 08/22/2019

              Fundraising Races On After Record Election

              Michigan's top 150 political action committees raised more money over the first seven months of 2019 than they did over the same period before the record 2018 election, according to new campaign finance disclosures. Increased fundraising by committees connected to state lawmakers helped spur the high-dollar total. read more

              posted on 08/05/2019

              Undisclosed, Untold: Most State Lawmakers Have Ties To Accounts That Can Raise Money In Secret

              Michigan officeholders’ quiet use of accounts and organizations that can accept unlimited amounts of money from secret donors has become widespread in Lansing. A new report by the Michigan Campaign Finance Network found links between a majority of the 148 lawmakers serving last year and accounts or organizations that could raise money from sources known to the lawmaker but unknown to the public. Where does the money end up? That can be a mystery as well. read more

              posted on 07/22/2019

              U.S. House Members Post Big Fundraising Numbers

              In 2017, the U.S. House member from Michigan who raised the most money from the beginning of April through the end of June collected $360,342. Over the same period in 2019, three of Michigan's U.S. House members raised more than that. Two doubled the total, raising more than $730,000 each. read more

              posted on 07/16/2019

              State Lawmakers’ Fundraising Accounts Have Paid More Than $100,000 For Missing Disclosure Deadlines

              Fundraising committees tied to nearly half of Michigan’s current state officeholders have had to pay financial penalties — called late filing fees — for failing to meet donor disclosure requirements, according to an analysis of campaign finance records. Current state officeholders’ campaigns and political action committees (PACs) have combined to pay penalties of at least $112,695 throughout the officeholders’ political careers. read more

              posted on 07/09/2019

              While They Make Our Laws, How Much Should We Know About Their Financial Interests?

              Michigan is currently one of two states that don't require state officeholders to file any type of personal financial disclosure to reveal potential conflicts of interest. However, the state House is now considering whether to adopt a financial disclosure reporting system. MCFN examined how the proposal compares to what's already been happening in other states. read more

              posted on 06/20/2019

               

              To see all of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network's coverage of 2018, click here. To see all of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network's past coverage, click here.

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