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News from Progress Michigan
April 20, 2015
Progress Michigan: Will House Insurance Committee Follow the Money or Lead for Their Constituents?
Progress Michigan research finds that insurance lobby donated over $40,000 to members of House Insurance Committee in 2014 election cycle
LANSING — Today, Progress Michigan released research that shows that the insurance lobby gave over $40,000 in direct political contributions to members of the House Insurance Committee. The revelation comes just one day before the committee is set to vote on an overhaul of Michigan’s Auto No-Fault law that will benefit the insurance industry at the expense of survivors of catastrophic auto accidents. Progress Michigan is urging members of the committee to cast their votes based on what is in the best interest of the people of Michigan rather than the lobbyists that funded their campaigns.
“As the House of Representatives rushes to pass these bills, we think it’s important to take a look at how much money has been doled out to members of the committee by the insurance lobby,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “Our hope is that by calling attention to these donations, we can show the people of Michigan that some elected leaders prioritize lobbyists and campaign checks more than their constituents. We urge the committee members to do the right thing and side with those who had catastrophic injuries instead of those who fill their campaign coffers.”
This comes on the heels of a report by Progress Michigan showing that the insurance lobby has spent over $200,000 in direct contributions to members of the Senate Insurance Committee who voted to pass the same bill last week.
“When a person is injured in an accident they should have the peace of mind that they will be taken care of and that their state representative will have their best interests at the forefront of their minds,” Scott continued. “The citizens of Michigan deserve better than this attempt to further rig the system to benefit the wealthy and well-connected.”
A document detailing direct political contributions from the insurance lobby to each lawmaker on the committee can be found below.