Michigan’s Public Funding program provides funds from the State Campaign Fund only to Gubernatorial candidates. The State Campaign Fund was established in 1976 after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that campaign spending limits cannot be imposed on candidates unless they are using public funds. Candidates for Governor of Michigan who agree to limit their campaign spending and who raise at least $75,000.00 in contributions of $100.00 or less from individuals who are Michigan residents may file applications to receive money from the State Campaign Fund.

This manual is designed to explain the requirements of the Michigan Campaign Finance Act for gubernatorial candidates who desire to receive public funding. Accurate record keeping is necessary to meet the requirements of, and insure compliance with, the Act. In addition to providing an explanation of the requirements, this manual seeks to provide a suggested basis for an adequate record keeping system.

If you have questions, do not hesitate to seek assistance from the Department of State’s Bureau of Elections in Lansing. Possible violations can be avoided with early advice and use of instructional materials provided by the Department. When seeking specific legal advice, always rely on the Michigan Campaign Finance Act and the Rules promulgated to administer the Act.

For inquiries pertaining to Michigan Election Law, including ballot access, the petition process or the affidavit of identity please contact the Election Liaison Division at (517) 335–3234.


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