Political Profile for Michigan

Limits on Campaign Contributions

Candidates for statewide office are limited to accepting up to $7,150 per donor, per election cycle. State Senate candidates are limited to accepting $2,100 per donor, per election cycle, while State Representative candidates may accept up to $1,050 per donor, per election cycle.

Statewide candidates are limited to accepting $7,150 per political action committee (PAC), per election cycle, and $71,500 per independent PAC, per election cycle. Candidates for State Senate are limited to accepting $2,100 per PAC, per election cycle, and $21,000 per independent PAC, per election cycle. State Representative candidates may accept up to $1,050 per PAC, per election cycle, and $10,500 per independent PAC, per election cycle.

Candidates for Governor with public funding are limited to accepting $750,000 in contributions from state political party committees, per election cycle. Candidates for Governor without public funding may accept up to $143,000 in contributions from state political party committees, per election cycle. Other statewide candidates may accept up to $143,000 in contributions from state political party committees.

State Senate candidates may accept up to $21,000 from state political party committees, per election cycle. State Representative candidates may accept up to $10,500 from state political party committees, per election cycle.

Candidates may make unlimited loans to their own campaigns.

Candidates are prohibited from accepting contributions from labor organizations or corporations.

2021 Filing Deadlines and State-LevelElections

Candidates are required to file detailed reports of their campaign donations and expenditures. Transparency USA provides accurate, searchable data within days of its release by the Michigan Bureau of Elections.

April 23, 2021 – Pre-Election Reports
April 26, 2021 – April Quarterly Reports
July 26, 2021 – July Quarterly Reports
October 22, 2021 – Pre-Election Reports
October 25, 2021 – October Quarterly Reports
November 2, 2021 – Special Senate Elections
December 2, 2021 – Post-Election Reports

There are two state legislature special elections in 2021.

Michigan Statewide Office Holders

Michigan statewide office holders serve four-year terms and are up for reelection in non-presidential election years. They are limited to two terms in office, with the exception of the  State Board of Education members, who serve eight-year terms and do not face term limits.

The Michigan State Legislature

The Michigan state legislature meets for a two-year period, beginning in January of odd-numbered years, coinciding with the election of new State Representatives.

Michigan House Representatives serve two-year terms and are limited to three terms in office.

Michigan State Senators serve four-year terms and are limited to two terms in office.