LANSING, Mich. — Cash and politics go hand in hand and their relationship right here in Michigan is rising stronger by means of political motion committees or PACs.
“These PACs can settle for limitless quantities of cash, and so they can contribute 10 occasions what you and I can,” says Simon Schuster. “A lot cash is flowing by them. I feel it actually underscores the quantity of affect cash has had on our political course of.”
Schuster is the chief director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group that goals to shine a light-weight on the function of cash in Michigan politics.
He spoke with FOX 17 after filings for Legislature caucus PACs got here down.
“I’d say that given the growing price of our elections and the rising sum of money that we’re seeing in our campaigns, these numbers aren’t significantly shocking,” Schuster mentioned of the numbers.
Not shocking within the grand scheme of issues, however nonetheless a hefty sum of money. The Senate Republican Marketing campaign Committee hauled in additional than $600,000 this cycle, leaving them with greater than $3 million money available.
In the meantime, Home Republican Marketing campaign Committee took in a whopping $1.2 million this cycle.
On the opposite facet of the aisle, Michigan Home Democratic Fund solely took in a little bit greater than $360,000 and $250,000 on the Senate facet.
“It pays to be within the majority, and I feel that the sum of money that Republicans have over Democrats is a mirrored image of that,” Schuster added.
That can give them a bonus on the subject of a choose few districts subsequent yr, a treasure chest within the hundreds of thousands will assist run massive quantities of promoting in aggressive areas.
As candidates rake in donations, the associated fee per election is continuous to extend.
Within the race for governor, even and not using a clear-cut opponent in place Governor Gretchen Whitmer has raised greater than $5.5 million up to now this cycle.
“I feel that that is more and more displaying us that these gargantuan sums approaching near $100 million have gotten the brand new regular for Michigan,” Schuster defined. “Because of this, I feel it undoubtedly has an impression on our political tone.
According to MCFN, the costliest election in state historical past came about final November, when greater than $200 million was spent on the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Sen. Gary Peters and GOP challenger John James.