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Most of the Republicans in the Michigan House who voted for reducing the minimum wage and earned paid sick leave have received financial support from the DeVos family

December 6, 2018

Legislative Republicans passed two bills, SB 1171 and SB 1175, gutting citizen-led ballot initiatives that were passed into law back in September. SB 1171 reduced the minimum wage in Michigan from what was decided back in September and SB 1175 reversed the earned paid sick leave improvements that were also established in September.

All of this has happened in the Lame Duck session by Gov. Synder and the Michigan Legislature. There have been protests against these actions, but no direct action in the form of occupying the State Capital or organized civil disobedience.

These measures taken by the Republican controlled legislature has infuriated people across the state. Such actions by the GOP speaks to the limitations of electoral politics, in terms of following the will of the people.

One thing that has not received much attention is who are the primary financial backers of the Republican controlled House in Michigan. In looking at the data provided by the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, we were able to determine that of the 60 Republican Legislators in the House, 41 of them have received funding from the DeVos family or one of the other members of the Grand Rapids Power Structure – Peter Secchia, John Kennedy or Michael Jandernoa.

To many political observers, the fact that the DeVos family has been contributors to most of the GOP members in the Michigan Legislator, this is fairly well known. However, there are many people in West Michigan who are unaware of the DeVos family influence in Michigan politics. The question people should be asking themselves is: 1) were they aware that the majority of the GOP members of the Michigan Legislature have received significant financial backing by the DeVos family; and 2) what would they think if they knew that the same Republican Legislators who are backed by DeVos, recently voted to reduced the minimum wage and repeal the earned paid sick leave?

What follows is a list of the GOP members of the Michigan House that voted for SB 1171 and SB 1175. If there is a NO after their name then they did not receive funds from the DeVos family or other members of the Grand Rapids Power Structure. The link after each name allows you to look at their top funding sources as elected officials.

Rep. Chris Afendoulis http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=137

Rep. Thomas Albert http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=104

Rep. Julie Alexander http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=129

Rep. Sue Allor http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=94

Rep. Tom Barrett http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=124

Rep. John Bizon http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=8

Rep. Tommy Brann http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=133

Rep. Julie Calley http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=105 NO

Rep. Ed Canfield http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=102

Rep. Lee Chatfield http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=88

Rep. Triston Cole http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=90 NO

Rep. Laura Cox http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=70 NO

Rep. Kathy Crawford http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=79

Rep. Diana Farrington http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=78

Rep. Ben Frederick http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=103

Rep. Daniela Garcia http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=108

Rep. Gary Glen http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=109 NO

Rep. Joseph Graves http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=148

Rep. Beth Griffin http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=10

Rep. Roger Hauck http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=4

Rep. Shane Hernandez http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=101 NO

Rep. Michelle Hoitenga http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=6

Rep. Pam Hornberger http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=84

Rep. Gary Howell http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=97

Rep. Holly Hughes http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=113

Rep. Brandt Iden http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=118

Rep. Larry Inman http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=89

Rep. Steve Johnson http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=138

Rep. Bronna Kahle http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=130

Rep. Tim Kelly http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=112 NO

Rep. Klint Kesto http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=17

Rep. Beau LaFave http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=91

Rep. Kim LaSata http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=98

Rep. Dan Lauwers http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=100 NO

Rep. Tom Leonard http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=115

Rep. Eric Leutheuser http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=120 NO

Rep. Jim Lilly http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=106

Rep. James Lower http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=136

Rep. Pete Lucido http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=81 NO

Rep. Steve Marino http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=75

Rep. David Maturen http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=119 NO

Rep. Mike McCready http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=127

Rep. Aaron Miller http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=125 NO

Rep. Jeff Noble http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=71

Rep. Dave Pagel http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=128 NO

Rep. John Reilly http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=144 NO

Rep. Daire Rendon http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=93

Rep. Brett Roberts http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=13 NO

Rep. Jim Runestad http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=121

Rep. Jason Sheppard http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=131 NO

Rep. Jim Tedder http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=143

Rep. Lana Theis http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=122

Rep. Curt VanderWall http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=95

Rep. Scott VanSingel http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=96 NO

Rep. Henry Vaupel http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=123 NO

Rep. Rob VerHeulen http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=116

Rep. Roger Victory http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=9 NO

Rep. Mike Webber http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=141

Rep. Jason Wentworth http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=110

Rep. Mary Whiteford http://mcfn.org/donor-tracking?candidate=99

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