campaign finance http://michiganradio.org en Outside groups outspend Michigan candidates on campaign TV ads http://michiganradio.org/post/outside-groups-outspend-michigan-candidates-campaign-tv-ads <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new report finds that for every dollar spent by a Michigan candidate in campaign ads, outside groups have spent $3.50.</span></p><p>Looking at it another way: of the $18 million spent on campaign TV ads over the first half of this year, outside groups paid for $14 million of that.</p><p>Rich Robinson, executive director of the campaign spending watchdog group Michigan Campaign Finance Network, talked about the consequences of outside money in Michigan political campaigns.</p><p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:30:24 +0000 Stateside Staff 18264 at http://michiganradio.org Outside groups outspend Michigan candidates on campaign TV ads U.S. Supreme Court ruling on campaign donations may affect Michigan politics http://michiganradio.org/post/us-supreme-court-ruling-campaign-donations-may-affect-michigan-politics <p>A campaign spending watchdog is worried about the potential effect on Michigan’s politics by a U.S. Supreme Court decision today.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 19:16:17 +0000 Steve Carmody & The Associated Press 17079 at http://michiganradio.org U.S. Supreme Court ruling on campaign donations may affect Michigan politics Michigan Attorney General Schuette launches reelection campaign http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-attorney-general-schuette-launches-reelection-campaign <p>Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette kicked off his reelection campaign today in his hometown of Midland.</p><p>In his speech, Schuette touted his record in office, including efforts to combat human trafficking and protect pensions.</p><p>“A record that’s strong and clear. It’s a record of being a voice for victims. A voice for the constitution and a voice for Michigan,” says Schuette. “It’s a long election and I’m going to win. I’m going to take my case to the citizens across the state of Michigan.”</p><p>Schuette didn’t directly address the controversy over same-sex marriage.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:01:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16945 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Attorney General Schuette launches reelection campaign Why you don't hear about some presidential candidates http://michiganradio.org/post/why-you-dont-hear-about-some-presidential-candidates <p></p><p>Two years ago, there were three truly national presidential candidates on the November ballot. Two were Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. But who was the third? Give up? It was Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate.</p><p>Like Obama and Romney, he was on almost every state ballot, except Oklahoma and, ironically, Michigan, where more than 7,000 people did write in his name. Part of the reason most of us don’t remember Johnson is because, in the end, President Obama got about 66 million votes. Romney got about 61 million. Gary Johnson got a little over a million and a quarter, or just under one percent.</p><p>Why did he do so poorly? Were his ideas that repellent? My guess is, not really.</p><p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 13:40:47 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 15932 at http://michiganradio.org Why you don't hear about some presidential candidates Lessenberry talks about the big bills that passed this week and the first female CEO of GM http://michiganradio.org/post/lessenberry-talks-about-big-bills-passed-week-and-first-female-ceo-gm <p>This <em>Week in Review</em>, Rina Miller and Jack Lessenberry discuss the passage of the<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-legislature-bans-abortion-coverage-standard-insurance-plans"> ani-abortion coverage bill </a>and <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/more-campaign-money-could-flow-michigan-after-lawmakers-pass-new-legislation">campaign finance bill</a>, as well as the appointment of the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gms-dan-akerson-will-step-down-company-names-first-woman-ceo">first female CEO of General Motors</a>.</p><p></p><p> Sat, 14 Dec 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Rina Miller 15680 at http://michiganradio.org Lessenberry talks about the big bills that passed this week and the first female CEO of GM What happened to the high profile bills in Lansing? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-happened-high-profile-bills-lansing <p><strong>Dark money bills go to Gov. Snyder's desk</strong></p><p>"People who pay for so-called “issue ads” would be able to stay anonymous under a bill that has cleared the state Legislature. It would also double the amount of money people can give to campaigns and political action committees – or “PACS”. <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/more-campaign-money-could-flow-michigan-after-lawmakers-pass-new-legislation">The bill</a> now goes to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk," Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>Three medical marijuana bills move forward</strong></p><p>"Medical marijuana patients in Michigan would have more ways to legally obtain and consume cannabis under three bills that cleared the state House Thursday. A bill to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to operate again in Michigan and another to let patients use edible or topical forms of medical marijuana will now go to the state Senate. Lawmakers in both the House and Senate approved legislation that could clear the way for pharmacies to sell medical marijuana in Michigan. That now goes to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk," Jake Neher <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/trio-medical-marijuana-bills-clear-state-house">reports.</a></p><p><strong>New petition drive planned against anti-abortion coverage law</strong></p><p>"A campaign is organizing to block the new law that will require people to buy a separate insurance policy for abortion coverage. The Legislature approved the law this week. Because it’s a petition initiative, it will take effect next year without the governor’s signature. Abortion rights advocates are putting together a coalition to launch a petition drive." Rick Pluta <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/groups-already-considering-challenge-michigan-s-new-abortion-insurance-rider">reports.</a></p><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 12:06:55 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15676 at http://michiganradio.org What happened to the high profile bills in Lansing? More campaign money could flow into Michigan after lawmakers pass new legislation http://michiganradio.org/post/more-campaign-money-could-flow-michigan-after-lawmakers-pass-new-legislation <p>Campaign finance bills now approved by both the state House and Senate would double the amount of money that people can give to political campaigns.</p><p>It would also block a proposal by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson that would require so-called "issue ads" to disclose who paid for them.</p><p>But the legislation does require political robo-calls to include contact information for the groups behind them.</p><p>Michigan has seen record amounts of money spent on campaigns in recent years. This legislation opens the door to more spending. Rich Robinson of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network <a href="http://www.mcfn.org/press.php?prId=176">writes</a>:</p><blockquote><p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman', Georgia, sans-serif; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252);">Record spending and a continuing trend of diminishing accountability for that spending were the major features of Michigan's 2012 state election campaigns.&nbsp;</span></p></blockquote><p>For more on the trends on campaign spending in Michigan, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-campaigns-have-been-spending-record-amounts-money-books">listen to this Stateside interview</a> with Robinson.</p><p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 18:36:03 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15662 at http://michiganradio.org More campaign money could flow into Michigan after lawmakers pass new legislation More 'dark money' will influence politics in Michigan if Snyder doesn't veto http://michiganradio.org/post/more-dark-money-will-influence-politics-michigan-if-snyder-doesnt-veto <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I would like you to raise your hand if you think that what our state really needs is more money influencing our politics.&nbsp;More campaign donations, but especially more so-called dark money -- money secretly given by shadowy, anonymous, often out of state donors to try to influence the way we vote.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Somehow I don’t think many of you raised your hands.</span></p><p>Now one more question: Would you like the Legislature to pass a new law that would make it impossible to ever find out where those huge anonymous contributions come from?</p><p>My guess is … no.</p><p>Well, here’s the bad news. Lawmakers did all that anyway.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state House passed a bill yesterday that would double the maximum contribution citizens can give to candidates and political action committees.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;">The state Senate finalized the measure today.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 13:25:42 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 15655 at http://michiganradio.org More 'dark money' will influence politics in Michigan if Snyder doesn't veto In this morning's headlines: The final bills of the year, DIA involved in bankruptcy talks http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-final-bills-year-dia-involved-bankruptcy-talks <p><strong>Anti-abortion coverage bill approved</strong></p><p>"The Michigan Legislature has approved a petition initiative that will require people to buy a separate health insurance policy for abortion coverage. The measure cannot be vetoed by Governor Rick Snyder. But it could be challenged via another petition drive," Rick Pluta <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-legislature-bans-abortion-coverage-standard-insurance-plans">reports.</a></p><p><strong>What bills could move through on the last day of session</strong></p><p>"Big legislation that could win final approval today would <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/state-officials-set-expand-turnaround-district-struggling-schools">expand a state reform school district</a> to failing schools beyond Detroit and ease the potential <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/state-senate-approves-bill-making-it-easier-end-landline-phone-service">discontinuation of traditional land line service</a>. Legislators also plan to update <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/issue-ad-and-campaign-finance-legislation-could-clear-state-legislature-2014">campaign laws</a> heading into an election year by doubling donation limits and keeping intact rules for political ads over objections from the secretary of state," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>DIA now involved in bankruptcy talks</strong></p><p>"The Detroit Institute of Arts has been allowed into talks on how to protect pieces in its collection during Detroit's bankruptcy. Museum officials say they're mobilizing public support to help implement a fundraising strategy that will meet the city's needs and ensure the well-being of the museum," the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:16:24 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15654 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: The final bills of the year, DIA involved in bankruptcy talks Marijuana and campaign finance bills, and a new woman CEO for GM make political headlines http://michiganradio.org/post/marijuana-and-campaign-finance-bills-and-new-woman-ceo-gm-make-political-headlines <p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics,</em> Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss marijuana and campaign finance bills and the appointment of the first <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/what-does-gms-first-female-ceo-mean-auto-industry">female CEO</a> of General Motors.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 14:02:29 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 15638 at http://michiganradio.org Marijuana and campaign finance bills, and a new woman CEO for GM make political headlines In this morning's headlines: Land lines, campaign finance, how to save DIA http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-land-lines-campaign-finance-how-save-dia <p><strong>State Senate approves bill making it easier to end land line service</strong></p><p>"Phone companies would have an easier time<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/state-senate-approves-bill-making-it-easier-end-landline-phone-service"> discontinuing traditional land lines </a>under legislation that has passed the Michigan Senate. The bill approved yesterday is designed to loosen regulations on AT&amp;T and other providers as more customers forgo land lines and just carry cellphones," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>House is close to vote on issue ads and campaign finance bills </strong></p><p>"State House Speaker Jase Bolger says the House is close to a vote on legislation that would double the amount of money people can give to political campaigns. The bill would also block a proposal that would require groups who pay for so-called 'issue ads' to disclose their donors," Jake Neher <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/issue-ad-and-campaign-finance-legislation-could-clear-state-legislature-2014">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Philanthropists encouraged to save DIA and pensioners </strong></p><p>One Michigander has offered to donate $5 million to help protect the DIA and Detroit retiree pensions. As the Detroit Free Press <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20131206/NEWS01/312060034/Detroit-bankruptcy-pension-foundation-Schaap">reports,</a></p><blockquote><p>"Millionaire A. Paul Schaap said he plans to meet today with U.S. Chief District Judge Gerald Rosen, who is serving as mediator in Detroit’s bankruptcy case. Rosen has been trying to persuade at least 10 charitable foundations to put up $500 million to spin off the DIA from the city, which could then use the money to reduce pension cuts and improve services."</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:05:06 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15571 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Land lines, campaign finance, how to save DIA Abortion, issue ads, Medicaid expansion could see legislative action in December http://michiganradio.org/post/abortion-issue-ads-medicaid-expansion-could-see-legislative-action-december <p></p><p>It could be a busy December for state lawmakers after they return from their Thanksgiving break.</p><p></p><p>Here are some of the issues that could come up for debate before the end of the year.</p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>Paying for the Medicaid expansion delay – </strong>In a procedural vote earlier this year, state lawmakers delayed by about two months the implementation of Michigan’s Medicaid expansion law. In doing so, they created a hole in the budget of more than $70 million.</p><p></p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 11:30:31 +0000 Jake Neher 15472 at http://michiganradio.org Abortion, issue ads, Medicaid expansion could see legislative action in December In this morning's headlines: Campaign finance, fungal meningitis and gaming compact http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-campaign-finance-fungal-meningitis-and-gaming-compact <p><strong>Governor Snyder supports campaign finance law changes</strong></p><p>"Governor Snyder says he tentatively supports some major changes to Michigan’s campaign finance laws. The State Senate acted earlier this month to double the amount individuals can donate to state lawmakers’ campaigns. It would require some additional financial disclosure from those campaigns," Sarah Cwiek reports.</p><p><strong>Officials to discuss a development in last years fungal meningitis outbreak</strong></p><p>"Victims of last year's fungal meningitis outbreak aren't holding out much hope they'll receive compensation for the deaths and illnesses caused by tainted steroids traced to a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy. Officials will hold a news conference today to discuss a development in the investigation. Twenty two people from Michigan died in the outbreak," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Gaming compact expires Saturday</strong></p><p>"At the end of this week the 1993 gaming compact between the state of Michigan and six native American tribes officially expires. Some say theoretically, if the gaming compact is allowed to expire, the tribes should not be able to legally operate their casinos. However it’s doubtful the state would attempt to force the casinos to close," Steve Carmody <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/deadline-looms-major-gaming-compact-between-state-michigan-and-tribal-governments">reports.</a></p><p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 12:22:02 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15417 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Campaign finance, fungal meningitis and gaming compact Lessenberry talks minimum wage, issue ads and Detroit Public Schools http://michiganradio.org/post/lessenberry-talks-minimum-wage-issue-ads-and-detroit-public-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Week in Michigan Politics </em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Christina Shockley and Jack </span>Lessenberry<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> discuss Mark </span>Schauer’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> proposal to </span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/schauer-raising-minimum-wage-would-be-top-priority-if-elected-governor" style="line-height: 1.5;">raise the minimum wage</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the political </span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/disclosing-names-issue-ad-donors-wedge-within-mi-gop" style="line-height: 1.5;">drama over issue ads</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and the state of </span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-public-schools-leave-federal-oversight-gain-incremental-independence" style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit Public Schools</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 17:07:26 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 15357 at http://michiganradio.org Lessenberry talks minimum wage, issue ads and Detroit Public Schools Full disclosure on campaign contributions http://michiganradio.org/post/full-disclosure-campaign-contributions <p></p><p>Since our nation was founded, we’ve believed strongly that the essence of democracy lies in the public’s right to know. That’s the reason behind the words in the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or of the right of the people peacefully to assemble.”</p><p>But there are forces in the Michigan legislature determined to prevent you from knowing certain things. Knowing, for example, the names of the rich people and special interests who give money to try to influence our votes, and how much they give.</p><p>First, a little background. Nearly four years ago, the United States Supreme Court ruled, essentially, that there could be no limits on how much corporations or special interests contributed to political campaigns. That came in a decision usually referred to as Citizens United.</p><p>But it is important to remember that a majority of the justices also said the people had a right to full disclosure, to know who was trying to influence our elections. Many states do, in fact, require this. But not Michigan, which when it comes to honesty and transparency in campaign financing, ranks with the worst.</p><p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:48:38 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 15327 at http://michiganradio.org Full disclosure on campaign contributions Disclosing names of 'issue ad' donors a wedge within the MI GOP http://michiganradio.org/post/disclosing-names-issue-ad-donors-wedge-within-mi-gop <p>This week we saw yet another split in the Republican Party. But this intra-party fight had little to do with the usual <em>Tea Party v. Establishment</em> narrative. Instead, the imbroglio was over “issue ads.” Or, to be even more specific: disclosure of <em>who </em>is paying for issue ads.</p><p>Issue ads can sound and look an awful lot like campaign ads but they don’t directly or explicitly endorse a candidate by saying “vote for Candidate X” or “oppose Candidate Y.” It’s these magic little words – “vote,” “elect,” “support,” – that make a political ad a political ad.</p><p>But issue ads can say Candidate X did a horrible thing or Candidate Y is an amazing person. Take for example<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psp-PZTEuPI"> this ad </a>from the 2010 Republican Gubernatorial Primary: “Raising taxes in this economy is crazy. But that’s what Congressman Pete Hoesktra wants to do… Call Congressman Hoesktra and tell him raising taxes is crazy.” Language like that makes it an issue ad. It says “call Congressman Hoekstra” but it doesn’t specifically say <em>how </em>to vote. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 19:39:48 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 15309 at http://michiganradio.org Disclosing names of 'issue ad' donors a wedge within the MI GOP Weekly Political Roundup: Campaign donation limits, impact on 2014 elections http://michiganradio.org/post/weekly-political-roundup-campaign-donation-limits-impact-2014-elections <p>Each&nbsp;Thursday&nbsp;we talk Michigan politics with Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants, and Susan Demas, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics.&nbsp;</p><p>This morning, Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson proposed new rules that would require more disclosure of who pays for issue ads. The Senate added language to block the Secretary of State’s proposal, and approved a bill that would double the amount an individual could contribute to a candidate or a candidate committee.</p><p>“What the Secretary of State is trying to do is level a very unequal playing field when it comes to financing campaigns,” Sikkema explains. “Right now, a candidate committee has to disclose everybody who gave any amount of money, and there are severe limits on how much an individual can give. But independent committees do not have to disclose and there are no limits as to contributions.”</p><p>After moving quickly through the Senate, this proposal now faces the House.</p><p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 22:25:29 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15290 at http://michiganradio.org Weekly Political Roundup: Campaign donation limits, impact on 2014 elections Money and the Detroit mayor’s race http://michiganradio.org/post/money-and-detroit-mayor-s-race <p></p><p>Today’s papers are reporting the results of a new poll showing one of the candidates in the Detroit mayor’s race leading the other by almost a <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20131029/NEWS01/310290157/1008/NEWS06/Poll-Duggan-holds-tight-commanding-2-1-lead-over-Napoleon-Detroit-mayor-s-race">2-1 margin</a>.</p><p>But there’s another, less well-known poll that may tell the real story of this and most elections. Unlike opinion polls, this one has hard numbers. It is the money poll, and in this one, Mike Duggan is leading Benny Napoleon by almost ten to one.</p><p>That’s based on the latest reports filed by Political Action Committes, or PACs, which raise money for campaigns in this state. They usually exist to raise money for candidates for office.</p><p>The PAC supporting Napoleon, Detroit Forward, had raised $303,000 dollars, as of ten days ago. The PAC supporting Duggan, called Turnaround Detroit, <a href="http://mcfn.org/press.php?prId=182">$2.8 million</a>.</p><p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 15:17:36 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 15052 at http://michiganradio.org Money and the Detroit mayor’s race In this morning's headlines: mental health courts, campaign donations, gay rights ordinance http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-mental-health-courts-campaign-donations-gay-rights-ordinance <p><strong>Plan to expand mental health courts moves forward</strong></p><p>"A plan to expand mental health courts in Michigan seems to be gaining momentum in the state Legislature. A state House panel unanimously approved the legislation Thursday. People with serious mental health issues can avoid jail time and have certain charges erased from public records if they participate in treatment programs," Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>State Bar wants to end anonymous campaign donations </strong></p><p>"The State Bar of Michigan says it’s time to end anonymous campaign spending in elections for judges and Supreme Court justices. It’s asking the state’s top elections official to require committees that pay for so-called “issue ads” to reveal their donors," Rick Pluta reports.</p><p><strong>Another Michigan community has gay rights ordinance </strong></p><p>A Flint area community has approved an ordinance that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. According to the Associated Press, "The City Council in Linden voted this week to approve the ordinance covering employment, housing, public services and other areas."</p><p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 11:32:36 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14407 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: mental health courts, campaign donations, gay rights ordinance Stateside for Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-june-25th-2013 <p>We continued our look at energy in Michigan on the show. Today, it's all about fracking. Horizontal hydraulic fracturing has led to an abundance of natural gas, but it is also raising a lot of concerns, both in the U.S. and Europe. We spoke with Andy Hoffman, Abrahm Lustgarten, and Russell Padmore about the risks.</p><p>And, you've heard of Benton Harbor and Whirlpool, Battle Creek and Kellogg - we explored "company towns" and what they mean for the Michigan economy.</p><p>First on the show, the Michigan Campaign Finance Network today released its 2012 Citizen’s Guide to Michigan Campaign Finance entitled “Descending into Dark Money.”</p><p>I’m sure you’ll be just shocked, shocked I tell you - to learn record amounts of money were spent with even less accountability for who was spending that money.&nbsp;</p><p>Rich Robinson with the Michigan Campaign Finance Network joined us in the studio today to discuss the issue.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 21:30:49 +0000 Stateside Staff 13242 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, June 25th, 2013