Counting Up Campaign Cash

Michigan Lawyer's Weekly, Nov. 1, 2010

MSC candidates collect big contributions, but does the public really care?

The numbers are in, and this year's Michigan Supreme Court race has been a barn burner that will set fire to nearly $2 million in cash.

According to data release by Lansing-based Michigan Campaign Finance Network, Justice Robert P. Young Jr. has raised $776,000 and as of Oct. 17 had $583,464 on hand. Justice Alton Thomas Davis had quickly raised $691,000 and had $617,000 on hand. Republican-nominated Judge Mary Beth Kelly had raised $293,000, while Democrat-nominated Judge Denise Langford Morris raised $76,000.

Campaign contributors lined up as expected - with insurance political action committees lining up behind Republicans Kelly and Young, and Michigan Education Association PAC and plaintiff's attorneys backing Democrat Davis and Morris.

It's the first election since the Michigan Supreme Court passed its recusal rules in 2009.

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