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State of Michigan

Judicial Campaigns and Elections: Michigan

Campaign Financing

Individual and political PAC contributions to supreme court and court of appeals candidates and to circuit court candidates in larger circuits are limited to $3,400 per candidate per election cycle. Individual and political PAC contributions to circuit court candidates in smaller circuits are limited to $1,000 or $500 per candidate per election cycle, based on the size of the circuit. Candidates' campaign committees are prohibited from soliciting contributions greater than $100 from lawyers.

In the 2000 elections, a total of $13 million to $15 million was spent by supreme court candidates, the Republican and Democratic Parties, and outside interest groups. The 2000 contests were the most expensive and contentious in the state's history.

In 2008, the Midwest Democracy Network and the Justice at Stake Campaign released a report on recent judicial elections in five Midwestern states, including Michigan. Click here to read “The New Politics of Judicial Elections in the Great Lakes States, 2000-2008.”

See below for National Institute on Money in State Politics data on contributions to state high court candidates.

Amounts raised by each candidate at the most recent election cycle:

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