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Electoral Politics is all about money – all the time in West MI

March 28, 2018

It is common knowledge that at the state and federal level, candidates need a substantial amount of money of they are going to get elected within the current political system.

In fact, both candidates and incumbents never really stop raising money, for either their own campaign or for other politicians within their party. This definitely the case for Democrats and Republicans.

On top of that, most candidates and incumbents are primarily interested in big donors. You can usually tell by how much their fundraising events cost and where they are located.

The Michigan Campaign Finance Network recently released a new report showing that in 2017, there were 601 fundraisers for state office holders in Michigan. In 2016, there were 439 fundraisers and in 2015, there were 315. Clearly, there has been an increase in the amount of fundraisers being hosted by incumbents or those  who are term-limited and seeking higher office.

As you can see from the graphic above, Grand Rapids was the number two destination where these fundraisers were held. The fact that Lansing was the number one location makes complete sense, since incumbents hold fundraisers near their downtown Lansing  offices.

We wanted to share with you some of the data on fundraisers that have been hosted by incumbents or those term-limited and seeking higher office from West Michigan.


Winnie Brinks for State Senate

Rep. David LaGrand


Rep. Chris Afendoulis 73rd House District

Rep. Tommy Brann 77th House District

Rep. Julie Calley 87th House District

Daniela Garcia for State Senate

Rep. Steve Johnson 72nd House District

Rep. Jim Lilly 89th House District

Rep. Rob VerHeulen 74th House District

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