Public Funds Dwindling for Michigan Campaigns

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Michigan gubernatorial candidates counting on public matching funds to boost their campaign spending are in for a bit of a shock.

Instead of getting up to $2 for every $1 they receive from small donors, candidates will get 26 cents per dollar this year.

State lawmakers took $7.2 million from the State Campaign Fund to balance the fiscal 2007 budget. Now the fund has $2.1 million to divide among candidates.

The shortfall in funds before the Aug. 3 primary could seriously hurt candidates counting on the public dollars to boost their campaigns.

The money comes from a voluntary checkoff on state income tax forms. It lets taxpayers designate that $3 should go to the State Campaign Fund without affecting the amount they owe.


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