It appears that election year spending in Michigan may be on the road to a record high, as special interest groups and candidates at all levels are shelling out lots of money to win.
Money is everywhere this election year.
75 percent of it? No one knows where its coming from.
The six ballot proposals are at $141 million and counting.
Former Representative Lynn Jondahl, now part of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network argues, it's important for citizens to know who is donating all that money. It's one thing, he contends, for 350,000 persons to sign various petition drives which gives the illusion that its a grassroots movement. But what if one person, such as Ambassador Bridge Owner Matty Moroun has almost sinlge handily bankrolled some of the ballot questions?
"But if i'ts one person who paid somebody to get 350,000 signatures at a dollar or more a name, that makes it a different kind of proposal. It's not grass roots," said Jondahl.
Likewise, Jondahl believes citizens should know who is making contributions to elect members of the states highest court. He does not believe justices are being bought, but with so many special interest groups involved...
"That suggests to me, those interest groups have a major stake in that outcome. If you as a voter are going to control what happens on the court as we should, we need to know what all those influences are and why," said Jondahl.
The biggest contributors so far this year, the trial lawyers, the Michgian Education Association, Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Carpenters Union.