campaign finance

Trump still wants a so-called 2020 election ‘audit’ in Michigan, per state GOP co-chair

BY: - September 4, 2021

Former President Donald Trump still won’t let go of his 2020 loss in Michigan.  He called Michigan Republican Party Chair Ron Weiser about a so-called audit of Michigan’s 2020 election, according to remarks made by Michigan GOP Co-Chair Meshawn Maddock. It’s not clear when the call took place.  The call was first reported by the […]

Nessel won’t criminally charge Michigan GOP chair for ‘insidious’ $200K payoff

BY: - August 23, 2021

Updated, 3:23 p.m., 8/23/21 Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Monday that her office will not criminally charge Michigan Republican Party Chair Ron Weiser for using Michigan GOP funds to pay former Shelby Township Clerk Stan Grot for his withdrawal from the 2018 Secretary of State race.  Weiser paid a $200,000 fine through a conciliation […]


Report shows Catholic Conference funding opposition against LGBTQ+ rights initiative

BY: - July 28, 2021

The Michigan Catholic Conference has largely funded the opposition against Fair and Equal Michigan’s petition to amend the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to expand anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ residents, according to campaign finance reports filed Monday. The petition aims to get the issue before voters in 2022, but was rejected this week by a […]

Whitmer to use campaign funds for Florida trips to visit father

BY: - June 1, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will now use her own reelection campaign funds to visit her ailing father in Florida, following weeks of scrutiny over her decision to charter a private plane paid for by a nonprofit fund and shared by wealthy Detroit-area business families. In mid-March, Whitmer flew on a private jet out to Florida to […]

Whitmer inaugural nonprofit paid for flight to visit father in Florida

BY: - May 17, 2021

Michigan Transition 2019, a political nonprofit for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s inauguration, paid for her March private flight to Florida, according to Whitmer Chief of Staff JoAnne Huls. Whitmer has said she was visiting her ill father from March 12 to 15. Whitmer personally paid $855 for her seat and the flight cost $27,521, according to […]

6 Michigan Republicans vote against sweeping voting rights package that passes U.S. House

BY: and - March 4, 2021

The House passed sweeping voting rights, redistricting, campaign finance and ethics reform, late Wednesday night along party lines in a 220 to 210 vote, but the historic package will face an uphill battle in the Senate as no Republicans currently support the bill. All seven Michigan Democrats backed the bill and six Republicans voted against it. U.S. Rep. Jack […]


Jeff Timmer: All things must pass: Shirkey shows nearly 4 decades of capable GOP Senate leadership is at an end

BY: - February 12, 2021

The Republicans wrested majority control of the Michigan Senate following two January 31, 1984, special elections — and they’ve held it ever since.  Eight men (sorry, women) have led the majority caucus since that chilly winter night 37 years ago in the Great Lakes State. I’ve known them all and been an adviser to most. […]

Politicians quit Congress, but their ‘zombie’ campaigns stagger on with millions in the bank

BY: - December 22, 2020

WASHINGTON — Republican Michele Bachmann hasn’t set foot in the U.S. Capitol as an elected member of Congress from Minnesota for at least six years. Though she recently made news for asking God to help reelect President Donald Trump and telling a television show that “transgender Black Marxists” are trying to overthrow the country, none […]

How state political parties helped big money pay for this year’s elections

BY: - December 1, 2020

WASHINGTON — State parties played an unprecedented role in financing the presidential election this year, making it possible for the national political parties to raise eye-popping sums from individual donors — and keep more money than they might otherwise be allowed. That’s all thanks to a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court decision that eliminated the overall […]

LGBTQ groups condemn $4M transphobic anti-Biden ad campaign in Upper Midwest

BY: - October 30, 2020

Two LGBTQ rights groups have raised the alarm about a well-funded right-wing ad campaign in three states — Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — which misquotes Joe Biden to falsely state that the Democratic presidential nominee endorses “sex change treatments” for 8 and 10-year-olds. The digital ad targeting voters in the key swing states that now-President […]

Michigan’s U.S. Senate race clocks in at 5th most expensive in the country

BY: and - October 30, 2020

As control of the U.S. Senate hangs in the balance, spending on key races is shattering records. Here’s a roundup of where fundraising stands in the top 13 Senate races in the 2020 cycle: 1. South Carolina total: $174.4 million (R) Sen. Lindsey Graham raised $66.8 million; spent $60 million (D) Jamie Harrison raised $107.5 million, […]

Stevens and Slotkin helped the Dems flip Congress in 2018. Now they’re running with Trump on the ballot.

BY: - September 22, 2020

Two Democratic women helped their party take back control of the U.S. House in 2018 by winning Southeast Michigan seats in areas that backed President Donald Trump and were long considered Republican territory. But two years later, Haley Stevens (D-Rochester Hills) and Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly), both appear to have the upper hand in their reelection […]