Campaign contributions to Leonard’s committee show Lansing pay-to-play politics at its worst
DETROIT, MI. — An analysis of Tom Leonard’s recent financial filing shows a troubling pattern of pay-to-play politics all too-common in Lansing. According to the most recent campaign report filed with the Secretary of State on September 25, more than half of Tom Leonard’s campaign contributions originate from special interests, including PACS and chemical and financial company executives.
“It’s easy to understand why Tom Leonard consistently sides with special interests over the people of Michigan - these interests are funding his political career because they want someone in the attorney general’s office who will do their bidding, over the health and wellbeing of Michiganders," said Nessel. "We know we can’t trust Tom Leonard because he’s already sided with special interests over the working families of Michigan.”
The report (which can be found online here: https://miboecfr.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cfr/contrib_anls.cgi) show that Tom Leonard has taken more than $760,000 from special interests, including PACS and chemical and financial company executives. Those contributions can also be found below.
Dana Nessel is a career prosecutor and civil rights attorney with decades of experience trying cases in Michigan. She spent more than 10 years at the Wayne Co. Prosecutor’s office, working in the Child and Family Abuse Bureau and on the Police Conduct Review Team. In her private practice she focused on family law, civil rights, forfeiture, criminal law, and indigent defense. Dana Nessel spearheaded the DeBoer v. Snyder case, which joined Obergefell v. Hodges and legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. Dana is founder and president of the Fair Michigan Justice Project which investigates and prosecutes hate crimes and currently has a 100% conviction rate. Dana lives in Plymouth with her wife Alanna and her twin teenaged sons.
More information about Dana can be found at dana2018.com.
You can find a full list of those contributions here.