Michigan elections FAQ: How to find candidate donors, financial disclosures | Bridge Michigan

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Put the candidate’s name you’re looking for into the field asking for “any portion of the candidate or committee name.” When the results pop up, click on that candidate’s name to go to their campaign committee page. 

From there:

  • Scroll down to the “documents on file” section of the page and click on any of the quarterly or annual statements listed 
  • Once you click a statement, select “view e-filed data.” This will bring you to a page with a list of links regarding donations, expenses and more
  • To review donations, click the “contributions” link. This will list out every individual who’s given to a specific candidate’s campaign

Some candidates obtain a waiver if they don’t intend to raise or spend more than $1,000 during a campaign cycle. In that instance, you won’t see much.

The state also maintains a campaign finance search page that you can use to research more narrow parameters. If you want to see how much one particular donor has given to all candidates, for instance, you could search by that donor’s name and leave other fields blank. 

State candidate personal financial disclosure

Personal financial disclosure reports for state-level candidates and officials can be found on Michigan’s new interim search portal. Though you can use the drop down menus for narrower results, you can also find a candidate or official simply by searching for their name. 

From there:

  • When results pop up, click on the candidate or official’s name 
  • Click the “disclosure filings” tab to see their disclosure reports, or the “personal information filings” tab to see additional information

Some disclosures will be completely blank — but that’s not an error.

Federal candidate donor disclosure

At the federal level, you can use the Federal Election Commission website to search campaign finance disclosure reports filed by elected officials and candidates for various offices, including U.S. House and Senate. 

To begin, click here. You then have several options, but one easy way to find a specific official or candidate is to use the map and drop down menus to select “Michigan” and the congressional district you live in. 

  • From there, you can click on a specific race to find a list of relevant candidates and campaign committees. 
  • Click on a candidate to see summary information
  • Use the “raising” link on the left side of the page and select “individual contribution transactions” to see a full list of donors 
  • Or use the “filings” link on the left side of the page to see individual campaign finance reports

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