East Lansing firefighters have been knocking on doors to urge a “yes” vote on the income tax. But the group’s literature may be confusing voters, and according to County Clerk Barb Byrum, the group has violated Michigan’s Campaign Finance Act.
The National Association of Realtors has donated almost $33,000 towards Aaron Stephens' bid for City Council. This means two outside groups now account for two-thirds of the money being spent to influence the 2017 East Lansing elections.
With the election one week away, Council candidate Susan Woods and the realtors' PAC have now been warned they are in violation of Michigan’s Campaign Finance Act, while the "no income tax" campaign is misleadingly using ELi's reporting.
ELi looks at the first round of campaign finance disclosures. Two of three Council candidates filed as required, the Realtors' PAC apparently did not, and we can now show you who is funding the Yes and No income tax campaigns.
Is it possible for a viable write-in candidate to emerge at this point? What would such a candidate have to do according to the law? City Clerk Marie Wicks and County Clerk Barb Byrum explain the process for ELi readers.
If East Lansing voters approve a pair of tax proposals on the November 7 ballot, the resultant fall in City property taxes could have serious negative implications for various development deals. ELi's Alice Dreger explains.