LANSING, Mich. – A recent report on money in state politics found the Michigan Education Association to be among the leading PACs for fundraising in 2012, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The $947,000 the MEA has raised so far this year puts it fourth behind the Senate Republican Campaign Committee, the House Democratic Fund and the House Republican Campaign Committee, all of which have raised more than $1 million. According to the Free Press, the MEA is ahead of such groups as Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and the Michigan Association of Realtors.

The Free Press reports that the top 150 PACs have raised a combined $22.2 million so far this year. That number represents a 12.2 percent increase from the same point in the 2010 election cycle.

SOURCE: The Detroit Free Press, “Michigan PACs bring in $22.2M for 2012 elections,” April 30, 2012

FURTHER READING: Michigan Capitol Confidential, “MEA Concedes Large Percentage of ‘Conservative’ Teachers, Endorses 97% Democrats," Oct. 18, 2010

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