ASK ELi: Who Is Funding Council Candidates' Campaigns?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 8:03 am
By: 
Alice Dreger

Campaign finance has become a perennial “ask” of ELi’s readers. Here we report on what we know so far about who is donating to the six people running right now for three spots on the East Lansing City Council. If this work matters to you, please take a moment to donate to support our work.

Which candidates are disclosing early, and which are not?

By law, candidates for East Lansing’s City Council are not required to disclose donors to their campaigns to the Ingham County Clerk’s office until October 23, 2015. But, as we previously reported, because voters are asking about campaign financing, four candidates have elected to disclose donor information early.

The four candidates doing early disclosure are:

The two candidates choosing not to disclose early are:

 

What do we know about the campaigns’ finances so far?

The information below is drawn from the candidates’ websites as they appeared yesterday morning, Tuesday, September 29. Here we provide a summary comparison. Below you can find the full information reproduced from the four early-disclosing candidates’ websites.

 

Candidate

Total amount raised by campaign

Total number of contributors

Percentage of donations from EL residents

Altmann

$9,115

92

86.8%

Draheim

$9,390

77

56.5%

Meadows

$3,535

51

59.1%

Ross

$7,515

89

52.5%

Ruffin

not yet disclosing

not yet disclosing

not yet disclosing

Triplett

not yet disclosing

not yet disclosing

not yet disclosing

 

Please note that the second column, “total amount raised by campaign,” excludes the candidates’ own donations and loans to their campaigns. So for Altmann, it excludes a $2,000 loan from the candidate to his campaign; for Draheim, it excludes a $250 donation to her own campaign; and for Meadows, it excludes a $995 donation to his own campaign.

The third column does not count the candidates themselves if they donated or lent money to their own campaigns.

The fourth column, “percentage of donations from EL residents,” provides what percentage of the campaign’s total, excluding the candidates’ own donations and loans, comes from humans residing in East Lansing. (So, this percentage excludes donations from businesses and other campaigns.)

What about business and political campaign contributions?

This next chart shows who took donations from people with financial businesses in East Lansing, so far as we can ascertain, and who took donations from other political campaigns.

Candidate

EL business connections to contributors

Donations taken from other political campaigns

Altmann

--$50 from Roy Saper, owner of Saper Galleries (downtown business)

--$50 from Jeffrey Hank, owner of Hank Law (has engaged in lawsuits against the city)

--$100 from Friends of Steve Ross

Draheim

--$500 from 250 Spinecare LLC, owned by Christopher Abood (has had commercial/development business before Council)

--$100 from Musselman Reality

--$500 from [Sam] Singh for Michigan

--$100 from Friends of Andy Schor

Meadows

none apparent

none

Ross

none apparent

--$100 from Friends of Andy Schor

--$75 Citizens to Elect Brian McGrain

--$50 from Friends of Erik Altmann

Ruffin

not yet disclosing

not yet disclosing

Triplett

not yet disclosing

not yet disclosing

 

Raw data from those doing early disclosure:

Below we provide the raw data on the candidates doing early disclosure. We will provide an analysis that includes Ruffin and Triplett once the Ingham County Clerk makes available their required disclosures. At that point, we’ll also update the information for the other four candidates.

Please note that while state law requires that employment information be provided when cumulative donations from a donor exceed $100, these early disclosures are voluntary and thus not required to follow state law.

Erik Altmann contribution information:

This is information from Altmann’s website as of the morning of September 29, 2015.

Contributor

Amount

Residency

Occupation/employer; other relevant info

Erik Altmann (self)

2,000*

loan

EL

MSU professor; this is a loan by the candidate to his own campaign.

Terrence Cavanaugh

100

Lansing

none listed

Patricia L. Swedlow

500

Pittsburgh, MI

retired; presumed family of candidate

Rebecca A. Hoogstraten

75

EL

none listed

Joanne M. Russell

100

EL

none listed

Charles B. Overbey III

150

EL

retired

Erick C. Williams

200

EL

State of Michigan attorney

Keith B. Kurek

150

EL

none listed

Maureen McCabe-Power

250

EL

retired

James/Jim Anderson

200

EL

MSU professor

Grover M. Hudson

100

EL

none listed

Kathy R. Petroni

25

EL

none listed

Larry E. Zbanek

50

EL

none listed

Marjorie M. Lauer

100

EL

none listed

David A. Betts

100

EL

none listed

Pamela A. Weil

60

EL

none listed

Lauren J. Harris

150

EL

MSU Professor

Michele L. Shafer

50

EL

none listed

Travis J. Stoliker

100

EL

none listed

Roy C. Saper

50

EL

owner of Saper Galleries

Fred C. Dyer

100

EL

none listed

Raymond D. Vlasin

300

EL

self-employed

George H. Wyatt III

100

EL

none listed

Christine E. Root

50

EL

none listed; reporter for ELi

David S. Wiley

50

EL

retired

Mary Lou Terrien

50

EL

none listed

Gloria J. Taylor

25

EL

none listed

Susan B. Smalley

25

Horton, MI

none listed

Arthur R. Slabosky

65

EL

none listed

Eliot A. Singer

100

EL

retired

Sally T. Silver

150

EL

none listed

John C. Robison

50

EL

none listed

Ralph W. Monsma

100

EL

retired

James S. Liesman

75

EL

none listed

Anna L. Lauer

100

EL

none listed

John L. Kloswick

200

EL

retired

Jeffrey A. Hank

50

EL

attorney, Hank Law; also organizer behind various EL referenda including recent marijuana Charter amendment

Friends of Steve Ross

100

n/a

political campaign of another candidate for City Council

Shanon S. Fineout

50

EL

none listed

Carolyn P. Edmunds

100

EL

none listed

Dale M. Downes

100

EL

none listed

Charles D. Couto

25

EL

none listed

Jay E. Brant

100

EL

none listed

Linda J. Benedict

75

EL

none listed

Fred B. Bauries

100

EL

none listed

Rachel O. Ashbury

100

EL

none listed

Jeffrey M. Astrein

100

EL

none listed

Robert T. Anderson

100

EL

none listed

Deborah M. Smith

200

EL

retired

Kathleen A. Niemeyer

25

EL

none listed

David L. Anderson

100

EL

none listed

Marilyn D. Schmid

50

EL

none listed

Don G. Davis

50

EL

none listed

Kathryn A. Simon

25

EL

none listed

Mark R. Terry

150

EL

retired

Gregory S. Ballein

50

EL

none listed

Nancy R. Robertson

150

EL

retired

Louise A. Sternberg

100

EL

none listed

anonymous cash donor

5

“unknown”

none listed

Alice H. Martin

50

EL

none listed

Craig Partridge

500

EL

Raytheon Corporation, chief scientist

Donald K. Powers

50

EL

none listed

Suzanne B. Sorkin

25

EL

none listed

Sheila P. Taylor

100

EL

retired

Elaine M. Tsernoglou

25

Lansing

none listed

Donald/Don F. Power

150

EL

retired

Mary K. Edsall

50

EL

ELPS school board member

Gloria Kleiman

200

Pittsburgh, PA

retired

James H. Secor III

100

EL

none listed

John M. Cahill

100

EL

none listed

Tonya Phelan

100

Grand Rapids

none listed

Ron Bretz

100

Lansing

none listed

Nancy Baime

100

Wexford, PA

none listed

Donald J. Weinshank

50

EL

none listed

Jerome M. Sprague

100

EL

none listed

Stephen Marc Breedlove

200

EL

MSU professor

Milton J. Price

100

EL

none listed

Michael D. Teager

25

EL

reporter for ELi

Edward R. Wagner, Jr.

100

EL

none listed

Judy M. Olson

100

EL

none listed

Diane G. Wing

50

EL

none listed

Peter S. Allegrina

50

EL

none listed

Mark S. Sullivan

100

EL

none listed

Ann Larsen

35

EL

none listed

Rebecca M. Campbell

75

EL

none listed

Heidi R. Phillips

100

EL

none listed

Robert I. Cukier

100

EL

none listed

Cynthia M. Ward

50

Lansing

none listed

Robert J. Turney

100

EL

none listed

Rob B. Pedersen

25

EL

none listed

Juliette T. Buckberry

25

EL

none listed

Bethan L. Cantwell

50

EL

none listed

Joyce W. Macrorie

75

EL

none listed

 

Shanna Draheim contribution information:

This is information from Draheim’s website as of the morning of September 29, 2015.

Contributor

Amount

Residency

Occupation/employer; other relevant info

Angela Calabrese

100

EL

none listed

Kerrin O’Brien

50

EL

none listed

Becky Roberts

25

EL

none listed

Hugh McDiarmid

150

Farmington Hills, MI

none listed

Jennifer Gorchow

50

EL

none listed

250 Spinecare LLC

500

EL business

Company owned by Christoper Abood, likely to have future business before Council

Sue Burke and Ken Morrison

250

EL

none listed

Ralph and Rima Addiego

100

EL

none listed

Rory Neuner

75

EL

none listed

Christine Green

50

Ann Arbor

none listed

Julie and Brian Laxton

250

EL

CADL and self-employed

Amy Zaagman

100

EL

MI Council for Maternal and Child Health

Jonathan and Jennifer Novello

200

EL

MSU and self-employed; includes cash $150 and $50 in-kind food

Jennifer and Alan Arbogast

550

EL

MSU

Sandra and Gerald Draheim

500

Grand Haven

retired; presumed family members of candidate

Kira Erquiaga

100

Coto de Caza, CA

Constructive Community Relations

Sarah Knapp

200

EL

optometrist at Vision Care

Patricia Woodruff

500

Coto de Caza, CA

Retired

Sarah and Matt Preisser

150

EL

Accenture and MDEQ

Kelly Woodruff

500

San Francisco, CA

Farella Braun and Martel

Patricia Soranno

50

EL

none listed

Libby Keenan

100

EL

EL Public Schools

Brian Walsworth

75

EL

none listed

JP Hamm and DJ Hamm

25

Ann Arbor

JT Wros

Robert A. and Shanna Draheim

150

EL

candidate and candidate’s spouse; MI Environmental Council and PSC

Ann Jacob

50

Okemos

none listed

Erica Loomis

50

EL

none listed

Jennifer Rosa

50

EL

none listed

Cindy Beekman

250

EL

“not employed outside the home”

Amy Blaising Wallace and James Wallace

50

EL

none listed

Jennifer Chenault

250

EL

“not employed outside the home”

Karen & Jerry Jennings

100

EL

Retired

Emily Houk

100

Dewitt

Research to Practice Consulting, LLC

Jeff Williams

100

Haslett

Public Sector Consultants

Shannan Kane

50

EL

none listed

Kenneth Sikkema

100

Grand Rapids

Public Sector Consultants

Kristen Beals Bellar

40

EL

none listed

Carin Cryderman

20

EL

none listed

Mark Feldman

20

EL

none listed

Musselman Realty

100

EL business

local realty company

Benjamin Louagie

75

EL

none listed

Tricia Foster

50

EL

none listed

Laura Dotson

50

EL

none listed

John Swords

50

EL

none listed

Singh for Michigan

500

n/a

political campaign

Julie Bennett

100

Pinckney

Public Sector Consultants

Jean Doss

100

Okemos

Jean Doss Consulting

Michelle Richard

100

Howell

Public Sector Consultants

Stewart Binke

250

EL

Michigan Dept. Treasury

Peter Pratt

50

Okemos

none listed

David Mittleman

50

EL

none listed

Molly Korn

25

none listed

none listed

Rose Houk

50

Dewitt

none listed

Bree Anderson

25

EL

none listed

Melissa Gibson

50

St. Johns

none listed

Madeleine Brodeur

10

Dewitt

none listed

John Waller

50

EL

none listed

Cindy and Thad Morgan

250

EL

MSU and Fraser Trebilcock (Thad Morgan has provided pro bono legal assistance to ELi)

Elizabeth Jamo

100

EL

none listed

Anne Wood

50

EL

none listed

Karen Henry

100

EL

Magazineline

Katharine Merritt

50

EL

none listed

Susan Chalgian

40

EL

none listed

Janice Ruff

100

Okemos

Retired

Emily Guerrant

100

EL

MI Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)

Rebecca Blake

150

EL

Michigan State Medical Society

Jim Curran

100

EL

Karoub Associates

Dave Chapin

100

EL

MSU

James Bradley

200

EL

Seacrest Wardle

Jonathon Beard

25

Lansing

none listed

Ryan Sebolt

25

Lansing

none listed

Marianne Hartzell

25

EL

none listed

Rebecca and Dave McAndrews

35

EL

none listed; this donation was in-kind food

Friends of Andy Schor

100

n/a

political campaign

Selma Tucker

75

Grand Rapids

none listed

Erich Ditschman

100

EL

Self-employed

Heather and Darrin Morse

50

EL

none listed

Kate Powers

50

EL

ELPS board member

 

Mark Meadows contribution information:

This is information from Meadows’ website as of the morning of September 29, 2015.

Contributor

Amount

Residency

Occupation/employer; other relevant info

Mark Meadows

995

EL

candidate donating to own campaign; lists employment as “retired”

Susan Schmidt

50

Ann Arbor

none listed

Jordan Kingdon

50

DeWitt

none listed

Paulette Johnston

25

EL

none listed

Grover Hudson

200

EL

none listed

Pam Ditri

100

Dansville, MI

none listed

Thomas Petroni

100

EL

none listed

Roberta Hufford

25

EL

none listed

Robert Meadows

500

Detroit

retired; presumed family of candidate

Mike Berkowitz

100

EL

none listed

Nella Davis-Ray

20

EL

none listed

Angela Wilson

50

Okemos

none listed

John Cahill

100

EL

none listed

Joan Alam

25

EL

none listed

Burton Leland

50

Detroit

none listed

Mary Sharp

100

EL

none listed

Libby Keenan

100

EL

none listed

Lawrence Murphy

100

Orhcard Lake, MI

none listed

Elinor Holbrook

50

EL

none listed

Marilyn Maloney

25

EL

none listed

Marguerite Mahler

35

EL

none listed

Ellen Gonzalez

50

EL

none listed

Jack Borst

50

EL

none listed

Kenneth Beachler

35

EL

none listed

Norma Chamberlin

10

EL

none listed

Pauline Adams

25

EL

none listed

Raymond Vlasin

50

EL

self-employed

Betty Cope

250

Macomb, MI

retired

Jeff Irwin

100

Ann Arbor

none listed

Patricia Anderson

25

Lansing

none listed

Asad Quraishi

20

EL

none listed

Barb McMillan

50

EL

none listed

Cathy DeRose

20

EL

none listed

Suzette Hilton

20

EL

none listed

Gene Wrigglesworth

50

Lansing

County Sherriff

Linda Archer

50

EL

none listed

Carol Welch

100

EL

none listed

Vince Leone

100

EL

none listed

Clarence Suelter

75

EL

none listed

Robert Ward

50

EL

none listed

James Riley

50

EL

none listed

Joanne Russell

25

EL

none listed

Dale Downes

100

EL

none listed

Sam Makhoul

25

EL

none listed

Val Novak

20

EL

none listed

Pat O’Brien

50

EL

none listed

Mary Jesse

50

EL

none listed

Robert Miller

100

EL

none listed

Nancy Dixon

10

EL

none listed

Kevin McKinney

100

Lansing

none listed

Winnifred Motherwell

20

Haslett

none listed

Tom Weinshank

50

EL

none listed

 

Steve Ross contribution information:

This is information from Ross’s website as of the morning of September 29, 2015.

Contributor

Amount

Residency

Occupation/employer; other relevant info

Elaine Tsernoglou

235

Lansing

retired; presumed family of candidate

Mike Berkowitz

200

EL

Legislative Director for the Sierra Club

Walt Sorg

125

Lansing

retired

Carol Koenig

25

EL

attorney, ACLU

Jim Daggy

100

Okemos

retired

Winifred Motherwell

85

Haslett

retired

Penelope Tsernoglou

100

EL

owner Practical Political Consulting; candidate’s spouse

Joan Magnotta

25

EL

retired

Jackie Jerome Marks

10

Lansing

retired

Thomas Turner

25

Detroit

attorney

Jason Harder

60

EL

Regional Grassroots Advocacy Director, American Heart Association

Holly Thomas

50

Eaton Rapids

Territory Office Manager, Johnson & Johnson

Norman Ackland

100

Wixom

trade analyst, Sandler Travis

Tara Clark

50

Washington, DC

none listed

Dan Opsommer

50

EL

legislative director, MI House of Reps

Christine Greig

50

Northville

state rep, MI House of Reps

David Mittleman

50

EL

attorney, Church Wyble

George Ross

100

Livonia

IT support, General Motors

Mary Pollock

50

EL

retired

Brandon Scott

50

EL

attorney, Michigan Advocacy Program

Matt Grossman

50

EL

MSU professor

Paul Pratt

200

Lansing

Ingham County Deputy Drain Commissioner

Julie Powers

50

Lansing

Director, Greater Lansing Housing Coalition

James/Jim Anderson

300

EL

MSU professor

Brian Cenci

325

Holt

civil engineer, Eng, Inc.

Brian Walsworth

35

EL

consultant, Walsworth Landset Research

Donald/Don Power

300

EL

retired

Chris Jackson

50

EL

attorney, Elder Law of Michigan

Eliot Singer

125

EL

retired

Erik Altmann

100

EL

MSU professor; also running for City Council

Fred Fry

50

Charlotte

sales & marketing, Re/Max of Michigan

Mary Lindemann-Allers

50

EL

retired

James McClurken

25

Lansing

consultant for Cambridge Research Consultants

Deb Nolan

100

Okemos

Ingham County Commissioner

James Heos

50

EL

attorney, Church Wyble

Friends of Andy Schor

100

n/a

political campaign

Stephen Manchester

25

Lansing

retired

Mark Grebner

25

EL

consultant for Practical Political Consulting

Kevin Blair

25

EL

attorney for Honigman

David Holtz

60

EL

retired

Elizabeth Contreras

40

EL

Haslett Animal Hospital veterinarian

Sallie Kribbet

500

EL

sales rep for AstraZeneca LP (drug company)

Martina Wade Hill

25

Detroit

Pastor for God’s House of Deliverance Church

Citizens to Elect Brian McGrain

75

n/a

political campaign

Teri Banas

30

Haslett

Ingham County Commissioner

Shawn Dhanak

50

Los Angeles, CA

PR specialist, Marc Global Communications

Kurt Hankenson

50

EL

MSU professor

Christine A. Walker

10

Grand Ledge

retired

Alicia Kulacki Koontz

25

not listed

Mary Kay cosmetics independent sales

Kyle Buda

25

Bay City

self-employed political organizer

Caitlin O’Rourke

25

Lansing

Clean Water Action political organizer

Kaitlin Plucinski

35

Lisle, IL

financial assistant, GCM Grosvenor

Melody Angel

100

Lansing

McLaren Health physician

Dennis Louney

100

Lansing

Public Affairs Rep., Spicer Group; BWL Commissioner

Dean Reinke

35

EL

IBM programmer

Joe Duffy

25

Okemos

State of Michigan legislative assistant

James Ensign

100

St. Johns

Spicer Group engineer

Robert Gordon

25

Ann Arbor

self-employed political organizer

Tim Inman

100

Saginaw

Spicer Group, engineer

Domonique Clemons

25

EL

MSU student

Carla Clos

200

EL

Ingham County Deputy Drain Commissioner

Sandra Zerkle

50

Lansing

retired

Diane Wing

25

EL

Planet Payment produce director

Dianne Holman

100

Okemos

Working Bugs, LLC, civil engineer

Larry Protasiewicz

500

St. Johns

Spicer Group, senior product manager

Jeffrey Hank

50

EL

attorney, Hank Law; also organizer behind various EL referenda including recent marijuana Charter amendment

Susan Jackson

20

EL

retired

Friends of Erik Altmann

50

n/a

political campaign for candidate also running for City Council

Maureen McCabe Power

100

EL

retired; spouse of Don Power, head of PAC Neighborhoods 1st

Christine Root

25

EL

none listed; reporter for ELi

David Wiley

25

EL

retired

David Powers

50

EL

retired

Sheila Taylor

100

EL

retired

Raymond Vlasin

100

EL

self-employed

Jay Brant

100

EL

retired

Craig Partridge

200

EL

Raytheon BBN Technologies, chief scientist

Kathleen Edsall

50

EL

ELPS school board member

Farhan Bhatti

125

Lansing

Care Free Medical and Dental, physician/Executive Director

Hilda Patrician Curran

25

Lansing

retired

Adam Gitlin

50

New York, NY

US Department of Justice attorney

Paul Groll

90

Okemos

State of Michigan technology specialist

Brian Smith

50

EL

none listed

Kyle Guerrant

50

EL

Michigan Dept. Education, deputy superintendent

John Foren

50

Haslett

Marking Director, Sparrow

Jonathon Beard

25

Lansing

Public Sector Consultants, consultant

James Marshall

50

Lansing

retired

John Kloswick

200

EL

retired

James Park

20

EL

State of Michigan, position not listed

Donald Weinshank

50

EL

retired

 

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