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.”

MI Candidates Outspent by Dark Money

Midland Daily News: “In the race for Michigan Attorney General, incumbent Bill Schuette spent almost $1.8 million on television advertising as opposed to $358,500 for opponent Mark Totten, as reported by the Michigan Campaign Financial Network.”

“The Michigan Advocacy Trust spent an estimated $2.6 million for television ads in support of Schuette and against Totten. MAT’s founder, Richard McLellan, headed Schuette’s transition team after he won election in 2010 to the attorney general office.

“Totten’s campaign got a boost from the Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, which spent an estimated $470,000 for ads that attacked Schuette.”

OH County Councilman Contributes Thousands to Colleagues while Vying for Council President by Their Vote

Northeast Ohio Media Group: “Brady began laying the groundwork on Jan. 11 of this year, when records show his wife, Cleveland Councilwoman Dona Brady, gave him $20,000 through her own political committee.

“Since then, records show, Brady has given $2,000 to Councilman Anthony Hairston, and $1,000 each to Councilwoman Sunny Simon and Councilwoman-elect Shontel Brown. Brady’s wife gave another $500 to Hairston, who was appointed to fill an unexpired term in February.

“It’s not uncommon for council members to make contributions to each other’s campaign funds. But the contributions Brady has made this year are unusually large by County Council standards, and suggest he is trying to consolidate support among his colleagues.”