Money In Politics

In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a century-old ban on political spending by corporations and unions to influence elections -- a move that has alarmed people across the political spectrum. In Michigan, Common Cause is leading the effort to protect the integrity of our political process by working for better disclosure of political spending, and by working to limit the influence of campaign contributions on elections and public policy. CCMI also worked to prevent our legislature from passing a "solution" that is worse than the problem of democracy-for-sale: a proposal to double limits on campaign contribution limits in state elections.

As part of our Money In Politics program, our 2011 study "Deep Drilling, Deep Pockets," tracked more than $4 million in campaign contributions and lobbying expenditures by the natural gas industry as it sought to expand fracking in Michigan, and cut off debate about the possible environmental and public health consequences of Michigan's fracking boom.

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