Ruth Johnson

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.'
7:27 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Secretary of State says Michigan ready for online registration, no reason absentee voting

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Michigan law currently requires voters to give a "valid excuse" to get an absentee ballot
LANSING, MI -- If the legislature is willing, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says Michigan is ready for online registration and no-reason absentee voting. Johnson, who joined MLive Media Group for a live chat Tuesday in our downtown Lansing hub, said that existing technology and security measures within her office could allow for expanded voter access without jeopardizing election integrity.
7:58 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson opposes raising vehicle rates to pay for roads

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Johnson says roads are in rough shape, but many families could not afford higher registration rates.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Michigan's crumbling roads need attention, but money for those repairs shouldn't come from increasing vehicle registration fees, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says. Johnson, a Republican whose office is charged with collecting such fees, said she has tremendous respect for Gov. Rick Snyder.