Every election cycle, the state of Michigan is locked in an ongoing struggle for political control between the two major parties. A look at our list of the top political action committees (PACs) that were active in Michigan in 2020 shows many of the most well-funded committees existed specifically to support the agenda of one party or the other.
According to our data, the Michigan House Republican Campaign Committee (HRCC) PAC held the top spot for money raised in the effort to influence races for state offices. HRCC is the political action arm of the Republican caucus within the Michigan House of Representatives. In the general election, the Republican party successfully retained its majority (58-52) in the Michigan House.
HRCC earned its first place status in funds raised, with $7,178,505 in contributions, and its largest contributors include Republican-led support PACs, as well as Republican donors. Maria and Doug Devos, Jason Wentworth and Mary Whiteford top the list for individual donations to HRCC.
During the 2020 cycle, our data shows that the PAC made $6,475,437 in expenditures. Most of the PAC’s reported expenditures appear to be in direct support of candidates, with direct payments to political consultants, and advertisers.
Check back with Transparency USA for additional information as the latest campaign finance data becomes available. Visit transparencyusa.org/mi for the latest numbers.
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