campaign finance

"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)


Governor Rick Snyder has started a political fund to support candidates who share his centrist views on governing. The governor revealed his new political fund over the weekend at a Republican conference on Mackinac Island. 

"Lansing — Attorney General Bill Schuette has collected about $116,000 in campaign contributions this year at five different fundraisers, even though he’s constitutionally barred from seeking re-election to his current post." (Detroit News)