campaign finance

"WASHINGTON — Campaign and judicial watchdog groups released a report Thursday saying Michigan ranked highest in the nation in 2014 for election spending on its Supreme Court races." (Detroit Free Press)

"Spending and fundraising are down in this year's Battle Creek City Commission election, and Andy Helmboldt is the Nov. 3 race's top fundraiser so far. The at-large commissioner, who is seeking a third term, has raised $2,374 for his campaign, according to early financial reports filed last week." (Battle Creek Enquirer)

"Lansing — The wealthy DeVos clan outspent the entire United Auto Workers labor union in Michigan politics last year, as higher limits for individual contributions allowed the politically powerful west Michigan family to give more to Republican candidates than ever before." (Detroit News)

"In the race to fill the seats of state Reps. Cindy Gamrat and Todd Courser, two Republican lawmakers caught up in a sex and cover-up scandal before leaving office, four candidates have a clear financial advantage. And as for the two lawmakers who are trying to win their seats back, there’s not a whole lot of financial support out there for them." (Detroit Free Press)

"LANSING — When Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced in 2013 that he was shutting down his controversial NERD Fund, it was in response to critics who complained the fund accepted more than $1.6 million in donations from corporations and other donors with no disclosure about who the donors were and how they might be linked to state contracts or important policy decisions." (Detroit Free Press)

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