Michigan state lawmakers raised nearly $8 million in 2017, but a mere $500 of that came from the National Rifle Association. The gun group gets its influence from independent expenditures.
You may not know your state legislator, but chances are they’ve raised eye-popping sums of money to get your attention.
Several lawmakers raised substantially smaller sums of money than their colleagues who often raise 50 times as much.
The Republicans raised more money from both PACs and individuals overall, but Democrats rely on PACs to a greater degree. And we report the state’s most partisan PACs.
But experts say they face greater challenges.
Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Muskegon, was the largest self-funder with $250,000.
Even though 2017 was a non-election year, Michigan lawmakers raised nearly $8 million to run for office. Political Action Committees accounted for 54 percent of it.
Our recent analysis of the 2017 campaign finance reports filed by Michigan state lawmakers was compiled by seven Michigan State University journalism students working for the Spartan Newsroom.
Experts say its importance will increase but fear that it makes politics even more callous.
They’re trying again to get the measure before voters in a statewide referendum. The proposal would require employers to offer one hour of paid leave to workers for every 30 hours they work.