Michigan again on pace with record election spending


LANSING, Michigan – Money and politics go hand in hand, and their relationship here in Michigan is strengthened through Political Action Committees or PACs.

These PACs can take unlimited amounts of money, and they can contribute 10 times what you and I can, “says Simon Schuster.” So much money goes through them. I think that really underlines the amount of influence that money has had on our political process. “

Schuster is the executive director of the Michigan Campaign Fundraising Network, a nonprofit, non-partisan organization that aims to highlight the role of money in Michigan politics.

He spoke with FOX 17 after the Legislative Caucus PAC filings were tabled.

“I would say that given the growing cost of our elections and the growing amount of money we see in our campaigns, these numbers are not particularly surprising,” Schuster said of the numbers.

No wonder in the grand scheme of things, but still a large amount of money. The Senate Republican Campaign Committee carried more than $ 600,000 this cycle, leaving them with more than $ 3 million in cash.

Meanwhile, the House Republican campaign committee has cashed in $ 1.2 million this cycle.

Across the aisle, the Michigan House Democratic Fund took in just over $ 360,000 and $ 250,000 on the Senate side.

“It pays to be in the majority, and I think the amount of money Republicans have on Democrats reflects that,” Schuster added.

This will give them an edge with respect to a few selected districts next year, a multi-million treasure chest will help spread large amounts of advertising in competitive areas.

As candidates raise donations, the cost per election continues to rise.

In the race for governor, even without a clear opponent in place, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has raised over $ 5.5 million so far this cycle.
“I think this shows us more and more that this gargantuan sums of almost $ 100 million are becoming the new normal for Michigan,” Schuster said. “As a result, I think it certainly has an impact on our political tone.

According to MCFN, the most expensive election in state history took place last November, when over $ 200 million was spent on the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Senator Gary Peters and GOP challenger John James.

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