The Michigan Senate passed campaign finance legislation allowing candidates to raise money for Super PACs, unrestricted by donor limits that apply to candidate fundraising, that can then support them and oppose their opponents. SB 335 passed 23-12, with two Republicans siding with Democrats in opposition the legislation.
Democrats criticized the bill as a major step back for transparency in politics beyond the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, while Republican supporters said it codifies the high court’s ruling and enhances free speech. SB 335 would prohibit coordination between an independent committee and a candidate on how the independent committee would spend money raised in support of a candidate. However, it would also allow a candidate or those working on behalf of a candidate to solicit money for the independent committee.
The House is expected to vote on the bill next week.