campaign spending http://michiganradio.org en 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 State Bar calling for an end to secretly-funded judicial campaign ads http://michiganradio.org/post/state-bar-calling-end-secretly-funded-judicial-campaign-ads <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;">Confidence in the judicial system in our state has been undermined because funding sources for many judicial campaign ads remain secret, says the State Bar of Michigan.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: normal; font-family: arial; font-size: small;">Bruce Courtade, president of the State Bar of Michigan, discusses "dark money" in Michigan, and why the Bar is claiming Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land made a “bad ruling” back in 2004 on campaign spending.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 22:31:49 +0000 Stateside Staff 14398 at http://michiganradio.org State Bar calling for an end to secretly-funded judicial campaign ads Money Talks: Even when the donors are secret http://michiganradio.org/post/money-talks-even-when-donors-are-secret <p>It appears a superPAC and other political groups are coordinating their purchases of TV ads running in Michigan.&nbsp; This means a more efficient use of secret money to influence voters.</p><p>Michigan TV stations across the state are running a series of ads critical of President Obama and his administration.</p><p>Here&#39;s an example of one of the ads.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sJgKX1pgHA</p><p>The messages of these ads are similar, they have the same look. And, as it turns out, that&rsquo;s not all they have in common.</p> Tue, 15 May 2012 20:28:38 +0000 Lester Graham 7464 at http://michiganradio.org Money Talks: Even when the donors are secret Money Talks: But is it free speech? http://michiganradio.org/post/money-talks-it-free-speech <p>This election year, money will drive the conversation in politics more than usual because of &nbsp;recent Supreme Court decisions. They opened the floodgates of cash, allowing groups called Super PACs to spend unlimited amounts in support of federal candidates. We&rsquo;re getting just a small sampling during the presidential primary. &nbsp;This fall, Michigan will see a lot of money from outside the state coming in to buy tons of ads&mdash;most of them negative&mdash;to sway voters here.</p> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 6280 at http://michiganradio.org Money Talks: But is it free speech? Political calls: no disclosures, almost no limits http://michiganradio.org/post/political-calls-no-disclosures-almost-no-limits <p>Next year is an election year. That means lots of campaign literature in the mail, lots of ads on the television, &nbsp; and, maybe worst of all, robo-calls. Those are the recorded calls that automatically dial your phone&hellip;usually right at dinner time. There are a lot of them now, but there could be a lot more in the future.</p><p>Even one of the guys who makes robo-calls happen knows most people don&rsquo;t really like them.</p><p>&ldquo;Everybody hates them. I think that they&rsquo;re universally hated.&rdquo;</p> Fri, 16 Dec 2011 12:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 5424 at http://michiganradio.org Political calls: no disclosures, almost no limits Money from special interest groups flooded Michigan congressional campaigns in 2010 http://michiganradio.org/post/money-special-interest-groups-flooded-michigan-congressional-campaigns-2010 <p>A <a href="http://www.mcfn.org/press.php?prId=126">new study</a> finds 3 Michigan congressional campaigns were swamped with outside money during the recent election.&nbsp; And most of that money paid for negative ads.</p><p>National political parties, unions and special interest groups spent $19 million on issue ads leading up to the November election.&nbsp;&nbsp; The money was focused on the 1<sup>st</sup>, 7<sup>th</sup> and 9<sup>th</sup> congressional districts, where Democrats were trying to fend off strong Republican challenges.</p> Fri, 03 Dec 2010 20:30:49 +0000 458 at http://michiganradio.org Money from special interest groups flooded Michigan congressional campaigns in 2010