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Auto dealers get what they pay for

October 24, 2014

 

Governor Snyder is catching flak for signing a bill tightening restrictions on who can sell cars in Michigan. And he should catch flak - Republicans are supposed to be defending free markets, not erecting barriers to innovation and free commerce. The law effectively prohibits Tesla from selling its electric cars directly to Michigan customers. A 2000 study said that direct distribution of automobiles could save $2,225 per vehicle. (Detroit Free Press, 10/23/2014)

 

The law shows lawmakers' gratitude to Michigan's auto dealers, who since 2010 have contributed $1,241,120 to Michigan politicians. From campaign finance reports downloaded from the Secretary of State's website, I count 1522 individual contributions to politicians since 2010. Here are the 114 contributions over $2,000:

 

Name City Date Amount
HOUSE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE LANSING 4/19/2011 20,000
SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE LANSING 4/17/2012 20,000
SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE LANSING 5/7/2013 20,000
HOUSE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN CMTE LANSING 3/12/2012 19,000
SCHUETTE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL LANSING 9/20/2010 15,000
HOUSE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN CMTE LANSING 4/9/2014 15,000
HOUSE DEMOCRATIC FUND LANSING 3/29/2010 11,000
HOUSE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN CMTE LANSING 4/15/2013 11,000
SEN REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN CMTE LANSING 3/29/2010 10,000
ANDY DILLON FOR MICHIGAN YPSILANTI 6/29/2010 10,000
SEN REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN CMTE LANSING 7/19/2010 10,000
RUTH JOHNSON FOR MICHIGAN DAVISBURG 9/17/2010 10,000
VIRG BERNERO FOR MICHIGAN LANSING 9/20/2010 10,000
BENSON FOR SECRETARY OF STATE DETROIT 9/20/2010 10,000
HOUSE DEMOCRATIC FUND LANSING 4/4/2011 10,000
SCHUETTE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL LANSING 12/19/2011 10,000
HOUSE DEMOCRATIC FUND LANSING 3/10/2014 10,000
SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE LANSING 4/9/2014 10,000
SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE LANSING 7/18/2014 10,000
HOUSE DEMOCRATIC FUND LANSING 7/19/2010 9,000
HOUSE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN CMTE LANSING 12/17/2009 5,000
SENATE DEMOCRATIC FUND LANSING 3/29/2010 5,000
HOUSE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN CMTE LANSING 4/20/2010 5,000
LEYTON FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL LANSING 9/20/2010 5,000
RUTH JOHNSON FOR MICHIGAN DAVISBURG 11/18/2010 5,000
FUND FOR MICHIGAN'S FUTURE MIDLAND 12/14/2010 5,000
SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE LANSING 4/4/2011 5,000
SENATE DEMOCRATIC FUND LANSING 4/19/2011 5,000
SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE LANSING 5/11/2011 5,000
MAJORITY ACTION FUND LANSING 6/13/2011 5,000
RUTH JOHNSON FOR MICHIGAN DAVISBURG 7/13/2011 5,000
RUTH JOHNSON FOR MICHIGAN DAVISBURG 10/4/2011 5,000
SENATE DEMOCRATIC FUND LANSING 10/17/2011 5,000
SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE LANSING 10/17/2011 5,000
HOUSE DEMOCRATIC FUND LANSING 3/12/2012 5,000
HOUSE DEMOCRATIC FUND LANSING 4/17/2012 5,000
SENATE DEMOCRATIC FUND LANSING 5/21/2012 5,000
BOLGER RESTORE MICHIGAN FUND MARSHALL 10/1/2012 5,000
SENATE DEMOCRATIC FUND LANSING 4/15/2013 5,000
HOUSE DEMOCRATIC FUND LANSING 4/15/2013 5,000
HOUSE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN CMTE LANSING 10/14/2013 5,000
SENATE DEMOCRATIC FUND LANSING 10/14/2013 5,000
SENATE DEMOCRATIC FUND LANSING 3/10/2014 5,000
WAYNE SCHMIDT FOR STATE SEN TRAVERSE CITY 7/8/2014 5,000
HOUSE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN CMTE LANSING 7/19/2010 4,750
CTE BERT JOHNSON HIGHLAND PARK 7/1/2010 4,000
DAVE HILDENBRAND FOR STATE SEN GRAND RAPIDS 7/1/2010 4,000
SENATE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE LANSING 11/7/2011 4,000
HOUSE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN CMTE LANSING 12/16/2013 4,000
HOUSE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN CMTE LANSING 7/18/2014 4,000
REBEKAH WARREN FOR STATE SEN ANN ARBOR 7/1/2010 3,500
DAVE ROBERTSON FOR STATE SENATE GRAND BLANC 12/16/2013 3,500
JUD GILBERT FOR STATE HOUSE LANSING 7/1/2010 3,000
CTE BUZZ THOMAS DETROIT 7/19/2010 3,000
HAMMEL LEADERSHIP FUND LANSING 10/18/2010 3,000
LEADERSHIP UNDER NEW DIRECTION LANSING 10/1/2012 3,000
BRANDENBURG LIBERTY PAC MT. CLEMENS 12/3/2012 3,000
FRIENDS OF JIM ANANICH SENATE FLINT 3/18/2013 3,000
BOLGER RESTORE MICHIGAN FUND MARSHALL 10/14/2013 3,000
GREAT SOUTHWEST FUND LANSING 7/7/2014 3,000
CITIZENS SUPPORTING MIKE NOFS BATTLE CREEK 10/26/2009 2,500
COX 5200 CLUB LIVONIA 12/7/2009 2,500
BISHOP MAJORITY FUND ROCHESTER 4/20/2010 2,500
SENATE DEMOCRATIC FUND LANSING 6/21/2010 2,500
BISHOP MAJORITY FUND ROCHESTER 6/21/2010 2,500
JOE HUNE FOR STATE SENATE FOWLERVILLE 7/1/2010 2,500
CTE SHANELLE JACKSON DETROIT 7/1/2010 2,500
FRIENDS OF MIKE KOWALL WHITE LAKE 7/1/2010 2,500
JOHN PROOS FOR STATE SENATE ST. JOSEPH 7/1/2010 2,500
CTE STEVEN BIEDA SENATOR WARREN 7/1/2010 2,500
SENATE DEMOCRATIC FUND LANSING 7/19/2010 2,500
JOHN MOOLENAAR FOR SENATE MIDLAND 9/20/2010 2,500
BOLGER RESTORE MICHIGAN FUND MARSHALL 10/18/2010 2,500
WHITMER LEADERSHIP FUND LANSING 4/4/2011 2,500
JIM MARLEAU FOR STATE SENATE LAKE ORION 7/19/2011 2,500
SENATE DEMOCRATIC FUND LANSING 4/17/2012 2,500
DAVE ROBERTSON FOR STATE SENATE GRAND BLANC 10/1/2012 2,500
HOUSE DEMOCRATIC FUND LANSING 7/15/2013 2,500
RUTH JOHNSON FOR MICHIGAN DAVISBURG 8/26/2013 2,500
FRANK FOSTER FOR HOUSE PELLSTON 8/26/2013 2,500
GREIMEL FOR MICHIGAN LANSING 10/14/2013 2,500
HOUSE DEMOCRATIC FUND LANSING 10/14/2013 2,500
SCHUETTE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL LANSING 12/16/2013 2,500
VISION FOR VICTORY MT. PLEASANT 2/10/2014 2,500
GREIMEL FOR MICHIGAN LANSING 3/10/2014 2,500
PSCHOLKA RESULTS PAC STEVENSVILLE 3/10/2014 2,500
MOVING MICHIGAN FORWARD LANSING 4/18/2014 2,500
CTE PETER MACGREGOR FOR SEN ROCKFORD 7/8/2014 2,500
MIKE GREEN FOR SENATE LANSING 7/8/2014 2,500
CTE VIRGIL SMITH STATE SENATOR DETROIT 7/8/2014 2,500
MARC CORRIVEAU FOR STATE REP NORTHVILLE 12/17/2009 2,000
SENATE DEMOCRATIC FUND LANSING 12/17/2009 2,000
CTE BRIAN CALLEY PORTLAND 7/1/2010 2,000
CTE DAVID NATHAN DETROIT 7/1/2010 2,000
ARLAN MEEKHOF FOR STATE SENATE WEST OLIVE 7/1/2010 2,000
FUND FOR A REPUBLICAN MAJORITY BATTLE CREEK 7/19/2010 2,000
BARB BYRUM FOR STATE REP LANSING 9/2/2010 2,000
FRIENDS OF JEFF MAYES - SEN BAY CITY 9/20/2010 2,000
WHITMER LEADERSHIP FUND LANSING 9/20/2010 2,000
HAMMEL LEADERSHIP FUND LANSING 9/20/2010 2,000
FRIENDS OF JEFF MAYES - SEN BAY CITY 10/18/2010 2,000
HAMMEL LEADERSHIP FUND LANSING 7/13/2011 2,000
CTE RAY FRANZ ONEKAMA 10/1/2012 2,000
RUTH JOHNSON FOR MICHIGAN DAVISBURG 12/16/2013 2,000
RUTH JOHNSON FOR MICHIGAN DAVISBURG 3/10/2014 2,000
CTE JACK BRANDENBURG HARRISON TOWNSHIP 3/10/2014 2,000
DAVE ROBERTSON FOR STATE SENATE GRAND BLANC 4/25/2014 2,000
FRANK FOSTER FOR HOUSE PETOSKEY 7/8/2014 2,000
CTE MICHAEL WEBBER ROCHESTER HILLS 7/8/2014 2,000
FRIENDS OF PHIL PHELPS FLINT 7/8/2014 2,000
FRIENDS OF MIKE KOWALL CLARKSTON 7/8/2014 2,000
CTE BERT JOHNSON STATE SENATE HIGHLAND PARK 7/8/2014 2,000
CURTIS HERTEL JR FOR SENATE EAST LANSING 7/8/2014 2,000
DAVID KNEZEK FOR SENATE DEARBORN HEIGHTS 7/8/2014 2,000

 

None of the contributions went to Rick Snyder, but the list does not include contributions made after July 20 of this year. Those reports are due October 27.

 

The money is handed out to politicians by the Auto Dealers of Michigan PAC (campaign committee ID 510354), which in the 2011-12 election cycle was the 26th highest spending PAC in Michigan. (source, page 27) However, this PAC doesn't collect the money from the auto dealers. Payments from Detroit area auto dealers are collected by the Detroit Auto Dealers PAC (campaign committee ID 674).  Payments from outstate dealers are collected by the Michigan Auto Dealers PAC (campaign committee ID 634). Here are the contributions to these two groups by auto dealers since 2010:

Detroit Auto Dealers PAC

Michigan Auto Dealers PAC

The only contributors to the Detroit Auto Dealers PAC are auto dealers; not so for the Michigan Auto Dealers PAC. In addition to dealers, there are insurance agents, bankers, and others who apparently have some connection to the industry:

 

First Name Last Name City  State Occupation Employer Amount
JOHN BRAGANINI RICHLAND MI AGENT GREAT LAKES COMPANIES 8,000
GREGORY WALLER FLINT MI ACCOUNTANT LEWIS & KNOPF CPA'S PC 5,000
DAN PATTERSON ALLEN PARK MI REP UHY ADVISORS MI INC 5,000
JIM QUINLAN CANTON MI SALES ADP DEALER SERVICES 4,000
CHRIS BUCK PERRYSBURG OH EXECUTIVE ENTERPRISE RENT-A-CAR 4,000
PAUL STEWART GRAND LEDGE MI AGENT ZURICH 3,250
MIKE KLASS WEST BLOOMFIELD MI SALES ASSOC ASSOCIATED DEALER SERVICES 3,000
MIKE TEGTMEYER MACOMB OH SALES AUTOTRADER.COM 3,000
STEVE RAMSBY EAST LANSING MI INSURANCE AGENT GADALETO RAMSBY & ASSOC 3,000
SCOTT STRAN PLYMOUTH MI FINANCIAL BANK OF AMERIA N.A. 2,000
MICHAEL HAUGHEY EASTPOINTE MI MARKETING ASSOCIATE DTE ENERGY 2,000
RUSS MANZ ADA MI INSURANCE PINNACLE INSURANCE PARTNERS 2,000
MITCHELL GORHAM INDIANAPOLIS IN AGENT FEDERATED INSURANCE 1,500
  HOLLENSHEAD AKRON OH BANKING FIRSTMERIT BANK 1,500
DAN RANGER WALLED LAKE MI FINANCIAL FIRSTMERIT BANK 1,500
FRANCIS GOJCAJ WATERFORD MI FINANCIAL ROUTEONE 1,500
THOMAS HALLAM BRIGHTON MI SALES DEALERS RESOURCES INC. 1,250
JOHN JAMESON NORTHVILLE MI SALES DEALERS RESOURCES INC. 1,250
JAN KUCZERA BIRMINGHAM MI SALES ASSOCIATE DEALERS RESOURCES INC. 1,250
ED CASTELLANI LANSING MI ATTORNEY FRASER TREBILCOCK 1,250
TERRELL BURNS RIVERDALE MI EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT MADA 1,250
PAT MCEACHERN ROCHESTER MI INSURANCE BLUE DEALER SERVICES 1,000
AARON HOVESTADT KALAMAZOO MI INSURANCE CENTURION INSURANCE AGENCY 1,000
DAVID UNDERWOOD STERLING HTS MI ACCOUNT MANAGER DTE ENERGY 1,000
KEN KAMBA HIGHLAND MI SALES ENTERPRISE RENT-A-CAR 1,000
JEFF PHILLIPS FENTON MI INSURANCE AGENT FENTON INSURANCE 1,000
LAWRENCE CUBITT ROCKFORD MI AUCTIONS FLINT AUTO AUCTION 1,000
TOM BOYUNGS ROYAL OAK MI FINANCIAL FREEDOM ONE 1,000
JOHN YOUNG WEST BLOOMFIELD MI ASSOCIATE FREEDOM ONE 1,000
DENNIS DIXON JACKSON MI BANKING HARRIS BANK 1,000
KEN KRAUSMAN CLARKSTON MI FINANCIAL INVESTWISE 1,000
ROBERT W. LOFTUS FRANKENMUTH MI SALES LOFTUS AND ASSOCIATES 1,000
KURT BECK DEWITT MI DISTRICT MANAGER PLANTE & MORAN 1,000
CHARLES HOYT SALINE MI SALES REP REYNOLDS & REYNOLDS 1,000
JOHN SERB GROSSE ISLE MI FINANCIAL ROUTEONE 1,000
LISA KENNEDY HOWELL MI MEDIA SALES VIAMEDIA 1,000
DAN KAPENGA HAMILTON MI SALES ZURICH 1,000
TROY YOUNG WASHINGTON SQUARE MI SALES ASSOC AMERICAN FIDELITY 750
KEN MEHALL NORTHVILLE MI REGIONAL MANAGER COMPUTERIZED VEHICLE REG. 750
JERRY HARTLEY TROY MI BANKING FIFTH THIRD BANK 750
TIMOTHY ROBERTS YPSILANTI MI AGENT MADSIF 750
RICHARD SCHANSKI IONIA MI     600
DAN CLEMENTS KALAMAZOO MI AGENT AMERICAN FIDELITY 500
JERRY MCANDREWS LENEXA KS ACCOUNT EXEC AUTO DEALERS RISK SOLUTIONS 500
DONALD SKIPWORTH TROY MI MARKETING REP. CHASE AUTO FINANCE 500
BRETT FAUSTMAN NOBLESVILLE IN INSURANCE FEDERATED INSURANCE 500
MATT HEIM GRAND BLANC MI ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE FEDERATED INSURANCE 500
DEBBIE NATZKE BARRINGTON IL CONSUMER BANKER HARRIS BANK 500
TAYLOR REX KETTERING OH ENERGY IGS ENERGY 500
KIM THOMPSON SPRUCE MI RETIRED KIM THOMPSON 500
MATTHEW CERMAK GRAND LEDGE MI AGENT ZURICH 500
ERIC LEUTHEUSER HILLSDALE MI     500
ANDREW LIEBER BAY CITY MI     500
WILLIAM CHICHESTER TRAVERSE CITY MI     350
STEVEN JAMESON NORTHVILLE MI INSURANCE AGENT DEALERS RESOURCES INC. 250
JOHN TAYLOR GROSSE ILE MI SALES DUNNING TOYOTA ANN ARBOR 250
PETER SERRA GRAND BLANC MI AGENT FENTON INSURANCE 250
CASEY POGODZINSKI ROMEO MI FINANCIAL FREEDOM ONE 250
MAURY FEUERMAN SOUTHFIELD MI CEO MADSIF PROPERTY & CASUALTY 250
JORDAN DELLING PERRYSBURG OH INSURANCE SENTRY INSURANCE COMPANY 250
SCOTT BECKER TRAVERSE CITY MI ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE ZURICH 250
LESTER DEAN LELAND MI SALES ZURICH 250
MICHAEL GOVE CLARKSTON MI INSURANCE AGENT ZURICH 250
DREW MCCOMBS TRAVERSE CITY MI ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE ZURICH 250
CHRIS USHER KALAMAZOO MI AGENT ZURICH 250
MATTHEW DEMAAGD SPRINGFIELD MI     200
MONTI LONG PORTAGE MI     200
GENE MOON PEACHTREE CITY GA     200
FRANK PAULI ST. JOHNS MI     200
JAN WITT N. MUSKEGON MI     200
MARION BETTEN GRAND RAPIDS MI     100
TOBY BREMMEYER PETOSKEY MI     100
RICHARD CANEVER LINDEN MI     100
ORSON E. COE GRAND RAPIDS MI     100
JAMES DEMAAGD HICKORY CORNERS MI     100
MELVIN ERVIN CHESANING MI     100
STEVE JOHNSON FREMONT MI     100
GEORGE KINGSTROM EAGLE RIVER MI     100
JAMES KNOX JONESVILLE MI     100
JOHN P. KOESTNER PORTAGE MI     100
TOM KRAPOHL MOUNT PLEASANT MI     100
RONALD MEYERING BYRON CENTER MI     100
WILLIAM O'HARA SALINE MI     100
LESLIE STANFORD JR. JACKSON MI     100
CHARLES WIERDA HOLLAND MI     100
CURTIS WIERDA HOLLAND MI     100
JOHN ZUBEK TAWAS CITY MI     100
RON BABB EVART MI     50
         

TOTAL:

$87,450

 

After the Detroit Auto Dealers PAC and the Michigan Auto Dealers PAC collect from the dealers (and the other interested parties), they pass the money on to the Auto Dealers of Michigan PAC:

 

PAC Name Date Amount
DETROIT AUTO DEALERS PAC 2/18/2010 73,444.13
DETROIT AUTO DEALERS PAC 6/29/2010 62,419.76
DETROIT AUTO DEALERS PAC 9/3/2010 67,433.31
DETROIT AUTO DEALERS PAC 9/30/2010 77,135.41
DETROIT AUTO DEALERS PAC 6/13/2011 39,380.21
DETROIT AUTO DEALERS PAC 6/13/2011 25,457.66
DETROIT AUTO DEALERS PAC 4/13/2012 68,599.41
DETROIT AUTO DEALERS PAC 10/22/2012 75,614.00
DETROIT AUTO DEALERS PAC 6/6/2013 42,879.35
DETROIT AUTO DEALERS PAC 1/13/2014 52,761.07
DETROIT AUTO DEALERS PAC 7/1/2014 62,546.16
MI AUTOMOBILE DEALERS PAC 11/18/2009 49,176.80
MI AUTOMOBILE DEALERS PAC 2/18/2010 55,405.22
MI AUTOMOBILE DEALERS PAC 6/29/2010 45,200.52
MI AUTOMOBILE DEALERS PAC 9/3/2010 48,831.02
MI AUTOMOBILE DEALERS PAC 9/30/2010 55,856.68
MI AUTOMOBILE DEALERS PAC 5/5/2011 18,434.85
MI AUTOMOBILE DEALERS PAC 5/5/2011 33,546.10
MI AUTOMOBILE DEALERS PAC 1/4/2012 58,436.53
MI AUTOMOBILE DEALERS PAC 9/14/2012 54,754.96
MI AUTOMOBILE DEALERS PAC 4/22/2013 44,629.52
MI AUTOMOBILE DEALERS PAC 11/25/2013 54,914.58
MI AUTOMOBILE DEALERS PAC 4/16/2014 62,546.16
  TOTAL: $1,229,403.41

 

Send comments to stevenrharry@gmail.com. Also let me know if you'd like copies of the campaign finance data (as Excel files) used to write this article. My phone number is 517-505-2696.

 

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