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  • State Officeholders Had 774 Fundraisers In 2018

    Elected state officeholders who served in 2018 disclosed having at least 774 fundraisers during the year, according to an analysis of hundreds of campaign finance disclosures. The most popular places to raise money were all within walking distance of the Capitol, and the wide majority of the most popular days for fundraisers were days the Legislature was also in session. read more

    posted on 04/25/2019

    Cost Of Michigan House Campaigns Rises … Again

    Michigan's 2018 races for the state House attracted about $27.6 million, according to MCFN's analysis. It was a record total that was achieved despite the fact the races shared 2018 ballots with expensive campaigns for the state Senate and governor. The most expensive individual 2018 House race cost about $1.5 million, according to the analysis. read more

    posted on 03/28/2019

    The Most Expensive Fight For The State Senate

    At $34.5 million, Michigan's 2018 races for the state Senate attracted more money than they ever had before. New contribution limits and increased competition helped drive up the price tag. But there was also more than $4 million in spending by groups that didn't disclose their donors but occasionally used images of snakes and swamp monsters to attack candidates. read more

    posted on 03/21/2019

    Lame Duck Spurred A Surge In Lobbyist Spending

    As state lawmakers sent nearly 400 bills to then-Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk in the closing weeks of the year, lobbyists upped their efforts in Lansing to influence policy decisions, helping to make 2018 a record year for lobbyist spending, according to state disclosures. Overall, lobbyists reported spending $40.3 million in 2018. read more

    posted on 02/27/2019

     

    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.