Michigan Democratic candidates spar over corporate donations
LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Corporate donations have become a central issue in the Michigan Democratic contest for governor as the three candidates try to woo progressive voters ahead of the Aug. 7 primary.
The state bans corporations from giving money directly to candidates but Democratic hopefuls Shri Thanedar and Abdul El-Sayed have gone a step further with promises to refuse money from political action committees backed by corporations. Candidate Gretchen Whitmer criticized El-Sayed for accepting money from corporate executives during a debate last month.
The focus on corporate donations in this election follows a surprising presidential primary win in the state from Democrat Bernie Sanders, who rails against outside money influence on elections, just two years ago.
The Michigan race for governor is expected to be competitive in November as Republican Gov. Rick Snyder is term-limited.
Ahead of Tuesday’s primary, The Associated Press examined how each of the candidate’s 2018 campaign finance reports stack up against their claims: