campaign finance

2:56 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

House committee passes bill to double campaign donor limits, allow anonymous issue ads

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A state House committee has approved a controversial bill that doubles campaign donation limits and also protects the identity of donors who pay for “issue ads”—or ads that tend to attack candidates without suggesting how citizens should vote.
Today's 5-4 vote by the House Elections and Ethics Committee followed a second day of testimony on a bill that would nullify an effort by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson to require disclosure of who pays for issue ads, which often attack candidates but don't expressly advocate how someone should vote.
7:21 am
Tue December 10, 2013

State House could take up campaign finance bill this week

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Bills would double limit on individual donations
LANSING, MI -- A controversial campaign finance bill approved last month by the Michigan Senate could see action in the state House on Tuesday as lawmakers look to wrap up the legislative year before leaving town for the holidays at the end of the week.
State issues
9:07 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

WestSouthwest: State Representative Kate Segal

State Representative Kate Segal
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WestSouthwest with State Representative Kate Segal

Democrat Kate Segal represents Battle Creek and other parts of Calhoun County in Michigan's 62nd state House district. She is in her third term. 

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Campaign finance
9:23 am
Fri November 15, 2013

State Senate moves to limit Secretary of State's proposed disclosure rules

State Capitol - file photo
Credit WKAR, Kevin Lavery

Interview with Rich Robinson


Secretary of State Ruth Johnson proposed changing disclosure requirements for so-called "issue ads," but the state Senate moved quickly on Thursday to nullify any changes. 

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11:26 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Michigan Secretary of State proposes new disclosure rules for campaign spending

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But state Senate moves quickly to limit requirements
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said her proposal -- to be implemented through a change in state administrative rules, rather than through an amendment to the Michigan Campaign Finance Act -- targets political ads that try to persuade voters about the worthiness or unworthiness of a candidate or proposal without actually using the words 'vote for' or 'elect.'