Related Program: Stateside "Democracy dies in the dark": More than a third of Michigan lawmakers tied to secret corporate cash By Stateside Staff • Oct 14, 2016 Related Program: Stateside TweetShareGoogle+Email Listen Listening... / 8:36 Our conversation with Emily Lawler and Craig Mauger. Lawler reports for MLive and Mauger is executive director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. The Michigan House of Representatives in Lansing Credit Lester Graham / Michigan Radio This week two stories were released about secretive funds benefiting Michigan legislators and the Republican and Democratic parties. The stories were a joint investigation of MLive and the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. MLive’s Emily Lawler and MCFN executive director Craig Mauger sat down today to talk us through what they found. (Subscribe to the Stateside podcast on iTunes, Google Play, or with this RSS link) Tags: dark moneystate legislatureTweetShareGoogle+Email Related Content Mailers, radio ads, robocalls: How dark money groups tried to influence 5 GOP primary races By Stateside Staff • Aug 12, 2016 Courtesy of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network It looks like dark money groups were hard at work trying to influence your vote during last week’s primary – particularly targeting Republicans running for the State House. Craig Mauger heads up the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. “This was an effort, a well-orchestrated effort, to keep extremely conservative candidates out of the House GOP caucus,” Mauger told us. He sat down with us today to talk about what role these secret donors play, and why they’re so hard to identify. Washington D.C. group complains to IRS about a Michigan non-profit's campaign spending By Bryce Huffman • Jun 16, 2016 Pictures of Money / Flickr - http://j.mp/1SPGCl0 A Washington D.C. group has filed a complaint against a Michigan non-profit for its political spending. Citizens for Responsible Ethics, or CREW, filed a complaint with the IRS against Michigan Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility. Jordan Libowitz is with CREW. He says Michigan Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility failed to report $290,000 in political spending in 2014. He says that violates the group's non-profit status. "So we're seeing a disturbing trend with more and more groups trying to get away with this because they think they can," Libowitz says.