In a unique Michigan quirk, the state’s campaign finance law predates the term limit law, and therefore “does not clearly allow for fundraising by lawmakers who can’t be re-elected,” according to Egan. A 1978 ruling by the Secretary of State sets precedent for a “fundraising event” to exclude anything that does not raise proceeds to influence elections, but there remains no explicit fundraising prohibition. In addition to the hazy legal ground, checks on state politicians are inadequate because the Bureau of Elections is understaffed and unable to scrutinize the thousands of campaign finance reports that it receives, Robinson said (and the director of the state’s Bureau of Elections didn’t dispute). Given this, the spotlight from the Detroit Free Press shines all the brighter.
United States Project
11:00 AM - July 3, 2012
Why are lame ducks still raising campaign funds?
The Detroit Free Press takes a look at the books of 22 state lawmakers
Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again
Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open
Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016
Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap
FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014
Email blasts from CJR writers and editors
“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”
“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”
“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”
“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”
Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute
Who Owns What
A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Questions and exercises for journalism students.
Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process – Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again