The Nov. 5 election is nearly here and finance reports are in for the two political committees on opposite sides of Proposal A - the much talked about human rights ordinance (HRO).
According to finance statements filed with the state Friday, One Royal Oak has raised $91,298 in contributions, while Just Royal Oak is reporting $2,695 raised.
What the reports show
Committee financial reports detail contributions, expenditures and in-kind donations. Funds raised are itemized in the report, and names of contributors or committees are listed, along with the individual contribution and total.
Michigan’s Campaign Finance Act, P.A. 388 of 1976 requires groups participating in Michigan elections to form and file committees. Committees receive contributions or make expenditures to influence voters.
According to the Michigan Department of State Bureau of Elections, the types of committees covered by the Act are:
- Candidate Committees
- Political and Independent Committees (PACs)
- Ballot Question Committees
- Political Party Committees
View the reports
One Royal Oak: The political committee supporting the HRO initiative filed a 135-page pre-election report that declares $91,298 in contributions — including a $25K donation from Kalamazoo activist Jon Stryker. In-kind (goods and services) contributions totaled $19,499.
The committee has spent more than $62K and reports having approximately $29K remaining in its war chest.
[Click here to view One Royal Oak's Pre-Election Statement.]
Just Royal Oak (also known as Royal Oak Voting Against Prop A Special Rights) : The political committee opposing the HRO initiative filed a 33-page pre-election report that declares $2,695 in contributions. In-kind (goods and services) contributions totaled $4,176 — including robocalls purchased by the American Family Association-MI of Midland.The committee has spent $1,436 and reports having approximately $1,258 remaining in its war chest.
The statement shows most of the committee's expenditures — stamps, envelopes, printing — have been donated by small group of Royal Oak residents, some spending nearly $700 out-of-pocket.