Michigan Campaign Finance Watchdog: Supreme Court Ruling Could Sway Michigan Elections

Apr 2, 2014

A campaign-spending watchdog is worried about the potential effect on Michigan’s politics by a U-S Supreme Court new decision. The court partially lifted limits on campaign donations by individual donors.

“A donor could be agnostic as far as party goes,” says Rich Robinson. “But if they can essentially bribe every member of Congress, they’ve got a lot more leverage in getting what they want out of government.” Robinson is the executive director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network.  

Robinson says the Supreme Court ruling may have a particular effect on Michigan’s 8th Congressional District primary race. Longtime Congressman Mike Rogers surprised many with his announcement last month that he won’t seek re-election.

Robinson says the high court’s ruling may tip the balance in the primaries to candidates who can secure the support of those with the deepest pockets

“Money is more important than ever,” says Robinson. “And those with the deepest pockets will have more sway than ever.”