When Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter was appointed the first Democrat to ever hold the office, it was supposed to be as a temporary one-year stop gap until the 2020 election. But word is Coulter, Ferndale’s mayor until the executive gig, has suspended his campaign to run for state representative for the 27th District, to replace term-limited Rep. Robert Wittenberg (D) (now running for county treasurer). Coulter had planned to run for state rep prior to being tapped for
Lawmakers in Lansing looking for ways to skirt campaign finance laws intended to eliminate the influence of dark money are currently targeting corporate donors for their non-profit fundraisers. While Michigan law prohibits corporations from contributing to campaigns directly, corporate donations given to non-profit and administrative accounts established by lawmakers aren’t subject to the same disclosure or scrutiny, meaning donations can’t typically be tracked by the public.