MI County Commissioner Supported Hiring of Contributor without Disclosure

Record Eagle (12/20): “Grand Traverse County Commissioner Larry Inman lobbied for a local attorney to represent the county in liability litigation, but didn’t disclose he received campaign contributions from the lawyer and his wife.
County board members during a Dec. 17 meeting discussed bids they received from two insurance and liability carriers: the county’s longtime carrier Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority — known commonly as MMRMA — and Municipal Underwriters of Michigan, Inc.

“Inman during the meeting raised questions about continuing to contract with MMRMA, because MMRMA does not let its clients choose their own attorneys in liability litigation. That means, in lawsuits involving the insurance provider, the county couldn’t be represented by Traverse City attorney Christopher Cooke, who along with his wife contributed $2,000 to support Inman’s successful run for a state House of Representatives seat this fall, according to campaign finance records.”

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Candidate for MD County Office Outspent Opponent 7 to 1, over $2M Total

Capital Gazette: “Republican Steve Schuh outspent his Democratic opponent more than 7 to 1 in his bid to become the next Anne Arundel County executive, the latest finance reports released Tuesday show.

“Schuh’s campaign spent $2.2 million in the last three years and raised more than $2.5 million during that time. Schuh also loaned his campaign nearly $400,000 of his own money. The latest report shows he has more than $330,000 cash on hand.”