The Inside 83 Team recently discussed Capital Expenditure, their special report on campaign fundraising by Michigan state lawmakers. Listen to each of their insights in the series below. The final podcast hosted by Andrew Birkle features all of their comments.
- Lawmakers raised $8 million in 2017, a non-election year
- Sen. Curtis Hertel, D-Meridian Township, said it costs roughly $20,000 to send one mailing to his entire district
- Female lawmakers raised $6,000 more than their male counterparts on average.
- Male lawmakers took a larger percentage of their funds from PACs
- Sixteen lawmakers raised less than $5,000 in 2017, with three of them raising less than $500
- Candidates have three main sources of funding: individuals, political parties and PACs
- Holly Hughes was the biggest self-funder in 2017, donating $250,000 to her own campaign
- Gubernatorial candidate Shri Thanedar gave $6 million to his own campaign
- The Secretary of State had nine campaign-finance complaints resolved via agreement in 2017. They totaled $6,054.95 in fines
- The largest fine that the Secretary of State has ever given was in 2009 for $225,250
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- Democrats raise less money but rely more heavily on PACs
- PAC donations hit over $2.8 million for the GOP, $1.4 million for Democrats in a non-election year
- Nearly 61 percent of the total contributions Democratic state lawmakers got in 2017 came from PACs, 51 percent for Republicans
- 54 percent of the money raised by lawmakers in 2017 came from political action committees (PACs)
- Lawmakers raised on average $54,000 to their campaigns, $28,000 of which came from special interest groups
- The National Rifle Association made just one contribution to Michigan lawmakers in 2017, to Rep. Triston Cole, R-Mancelona, for $500
Check out the entire Capital Expenditure series on the Spartan Newsroom website.