michigan campaign finance network http://michiganradio.org en Candidates using deep pockets to bankroll Congressional campaigns http://michiganradio.org/post/candidates-using-deep-pockets-bankroll-congressional-campaigns <p>New data show Michigan congressional candidates are digging deep into their own pockets to pay for their campaigns.</p><p></p><p>A trio of businessmen running for Republican congressional nominations have dug the deepest, according to filings with the<a href="http://fec.gov/disclosurehs/HSState.do"> Federal Election Commission</a> this week.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:02:10 +0000 Steve Carmody 18398 at http://michiganradio.org Candidates using deep pockets to bankroll Congressional campaigns 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 PAC spending is expected to be a big part of the 2014 election year in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/pac-spending-expected-be-big-part-2014-election-year-michigan <p>2014 will be a big election year in Michigan and spending by <a href="http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacfaq.php">Political Action Committee</a>s is expected to be just as big.</p><p></p><p>Rich Robinson is the director of the <a href="http://www.mcfn.org/">Michigan Campaign Finance Network.</a></p><p></p> Sat, 04 Jan 2014 19:16:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15878 at http://michiganradio.org PAC spending is expected to be a big part of the 2014 election year in Michigan Should donations to 'issue advertisements' be disclosed? http://michiganradio.org/post/should-donations-issue-advertisements-be-disclosed <p>Republicans in Lansing are split over whether people who bankroll so-called “issue ads” should be allowed to remain anonymous.</p><p>Issue ads attack or support politicians or causes without using what are called “magic words" like “vote for” or "oppose." Unlike campaign ads, the money behind issue ads can be anonymous.</p><p>But, late last week, Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson proposed new rules that would require disclosure of issue-ad donations.</p><p>Johnson said, too often, issue ads are just thinly disguised political ads, and people should know who is paying for them.</p><p>But, many Republicans disagree. In fact, within hours of Johnson's proposal, the GOP-led Senate acted quickly to amend a campaign finance bill that would make Johnson's new rules illegal.</p><p>Rich Robinson, Executive Director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, and&nbsp; Jonathan Oosting, Capitol reporter for MLive.com, joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:01:43 +0000 Stateside Staff 15329 at http://michiganradio.org Should donations to 'issue advertisements' be disclosed? Stateside for Monday, September 23rd, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-september-23rd-2013 <div><p>In a few weeks, a U.S. District judge will hold a hearing on a Michigan case that challenges the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage. On today's show: we explored the implications the case could have in Michigan and across the nation.</p></div><div>Also on today's show, Michigan wines are really making a name for themselves outside of the state. We talked to a connoisseur&nbsp;who isn't the least bit surprised by that news.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And, according to a new report, lobbyist spending on free lunches for legislators has gone up. We spoke to Rich Robinson of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network to see what else they are spending on.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Also, The Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference was this past weekend. <a href="http://michiganradio.org/programs/its-just-politics"><em>It's Just Politics</em></a> co-hosts Rick Pluta and Zoe Clark joined us to talk about what happened there.</div><p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 20:52:40 +0000 Stateside Staff 14550 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, September 23rd, 2013 How about a free lunch? Michigan lobbyist spending on food has gone up http://michiganradio.org/post/how-about-free-lunch-michigan-lobbyist-spending-food-has-gone <p>There’s a <a href="http://www.mcfn.org/press.php?prId=179">new report</a> on lobbyists’ spending in Lansing. The Michigan Campaign Finance Network has looked at the numbers, and the big change: free lunches for legislators are up 48% from 2012.</p><p>Rich Robinson of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network joined us today to talk about what he’s found.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 20:34:13 +0000 Stateside Staff 14546 at http://michiganradio.org How about a free lunch? Michigan lobbyist spending on food has gone up Michigan campaigns have been spending record amounts of money off the books http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-campaigns-have-been-spending-record-amounts-money-books <p>The Michigan Campaign Finance Network today released its 2012 Citizen’s Guide to Michigan Campaign Finance entitled "<a href="http://www.mcfn.org/pdfs/reports/MCFN_2012_Cit_Guide_final_rev..pdf">Descending into Dark Money</a>."</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Record amounts of money were spent in Michigan with even less accountability for who was spending that money.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In his <a href="http://www.mcfn.org/press.php?prId=176">press release today</a>, the man behind the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, Rich Robinson, stated:</span></p><blockquote><p>"We are victims of an anachronistic interpretation of the Michigan Campaign Finance Act that allows unaccountable dark money to dominate our politics. Citizens should have the right to know whose money is driving critically important election outcomes, so they can evaluate how campaign spending correlates to policy outcomes."</p></blockquote><p>Robinson joined us in the studio today to discuss the issue.</p><p><i>Listen to the full interview above.</i></p><p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 18:44:29 +0000 Lester Graham 13237 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan campaigns have been spending record amounts of money off the books Commentary: Democracy and dark money http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-democracy-and-dark-money <p></p><p>Today is the 110th birthday of one of my greatest heroes: George Orwell, who spent his too-short life fighting for fairness, honesty and democracy.</p><p>Orwell has been dead since 1950, and today, when we use the adjective Orwellian to describe something, we usually don’t mean something good. We mean something dark, sinister and hypocritical, something that reminds us of his book <em>1984</em>.</p><p>Well, there’s no doubt that we have something of an Orwellian campaign finance system in this state, and today one of my living heroes, Rich Robinson, is releasing a new report showing in frightening detail just how much money dominates politics.</p><p>His survey, <em>Descending Into Dark Money</em>, shows that we don’t know where the vast majority of campaign spending comes from. And the system is designed to prevent us from finding out.</p><p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 12:38:56 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 13228 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Democracy and dark money Stateside: Dark money in campaign funding http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-dark-money-campaign-funding <p>There is an ongoing trend of furtive campaign funding in Michigan.</p><p><a href="http://domemagazine.com/robinson/rr122112">Rich Robinson</a>, executive director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, said voters should demand transparency from their elected officials and their funding.</p><p>Robinson called this undisclosed funding “dark money.”</p><p>And the two biggest sources of it are, according to Robinson, Michigan’s Democrat and Republican parties.</p><p>“My basic premise is that people don’t spend large amounts of money in politics for philanthropic motives. Essentially, they’re advancing their own interests in politics,” he said.</p><p>According to Robinson, citizens have a right to know where the money comes from. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 21:46:30 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10704 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Dark money in campaign funding Romney, Stabenow far outspend opponents on ads in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/romney-stabenow-far-outspend-opponents-ads-michigan <p>Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow are both far outspending their opponents on TV ads in Michigan.</p><p>That’s according to a report released Monday by the Michigan Campaign Finance Network.</p><p>The report says groups supporting Romney have spent about $13 million for ads in Michigan since the February primary.</p><p>The Obama campaign and supporters haven’t spent as much in Michigan, but Obama still has a lead among likely voters, according to most polls.</p><p>Rich Robinson is with the Michigan Campaign Finance Network.</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 19:28:55 +0000 Jake Neher 9419 at http://michiganradio.org Romney, Stabenow far outspend opponents on ads in Michigan Lacking Integrity in State Government http://michiganradio.org/post/lacking-integrity-state-government <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">First, the bad news: A State Integrity Commission yesterday released a new study of ethics and integrity in state governments across the United States. To quote the New York Times, it found:</font></font></font></font></p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 15:29:42 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 6704 at http://michiganradio.org Lacking Integrity in State Government 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