Here are the top 10 places Michigan candidates and PACs are spending campaign money

In Michigan politics, state-level candidates and PACs spent $71.97 million between Jan. 1, 2021, and Apr. 20, 2022. More than $16.74 million or 23.26 percent of all campaign finance expenditures went to the 10 payees at the top of the list. 

A payee is an entity or individual who has received money from a campaign account. Candidates and PACs must report campaign expenditures, including payments to vendors, donations to other campaign accounts, and bank transfers, to the Michigan Secretary of State.

Top 10 Michigan payees (1/1/2021 – 4/20/2022)

Here are the top 10 recipients of Michigan campaign money in the 2022 election cycle, as of the most recent reports. 

RankPayee Name Total Received
1.Fieldworks LLC$4,973,008.06
2.National Petition Management Inc$2,597,849.75
3.K2K Consulting LLC$2,081,183.33
4.Run the World Digital$1,713,564.32
5.MRP Federal Account$1,440,436.60
6.Field Works LLC$1,054,436.37
7.Paychex Inc$1,037,992.86
8.Campaign Works LLC$776,387.86
9.Strategic Media Placement$537,040.00
10.Pinpoint Media LLC$530,864.00

Total Expenditures in nine states during the 2022 election cycle

Campaign finance expenditures vary widely among state-level candidates and PACs. A number of factors, including state-specific campaign finance regulations, influence how expenditure activity varies across states. Here is how total campaign finance expenditures in Michigan compared to eight other states with data available from Transparency USA for the 2022 election cycle:

Comparison of total expenditures, by state

RankStateTotal ExpendituresReporting Period
1Texas$337,432,3511/1/2022 – 2/19/2022
2Pennsylvania$319,374,3891/1/2022 – 3/9/2022
3Florida$302,254,1341/1/2022 – 2/28/2022
4Michigan$71,971,7871/1/2022 – 4/20/2022
5Arizona63,716,6171/1/2022 – 3/31/2022
6Ohio$59,240,3971/1/2022 – 4/13/2022
7Wisconsin$34,706,0221/1/2022 – 3/21/2022
8Indiana$32,159,3981/1/2022 – 4/8/2022
9North Carolina$22,543,0371/1/2022 – 12/31/2021

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Michigan PACs submitted to the Michigan Secretary of State. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

Report NameReport Due Date
2022 Annual/January1/31/2022
2022 April (PACs)4/25/2022
2022 July (PACs)7/25/2022
2022 Post-Primary9/1/2022
2022 Pre-General10/28/2023
2022 Post-General12/8/2022

This article is a joint publication from Ballotpedia and Transparency USA, who are working together to provide campaign finance information for state-level elections. Learn more about our work here.