Which Michigan governor candidates gave financial info

May 2018 update: See what Michigan governor candidates disclosed in our second request

Bridge Magazine asked the 19 candidates for Michigan governor for tax returns and other financial details. Here’s a checklist noting who replied and who did not. 

Quotes and details: Michigan governor candidates release tax returns, other assets

Democrats

Candidate2016 tax
return
Spouse's
tax
return
Earned
income
over
$1,000
HonorariaAssetsTravelGifts
Gretchen Whitmer      
Abdul El-Sayed

Note: Democrats Shri Thanedar said he will release records at a later date. Bill Cobbs said he will not release the records.

Republicans

Candidate2016 tax
return
Spouse's
tax
return
Earned
income
over
$1,000
HonorariaAssetsTravelGifts
Bill Schuette   
Brian Calley  
Jim Hines

Note: Republicans Patrick Colbeck and Evan Space said they would not release their financial records. Earl Lackie said he may at a later date. Joseph DeRose did not respond to Bridge.

Third party, Independent candidates

Candidate2016 tax
return
Spouse's
tax
return
Earned
income
over
$1,000
HonorariaAssetsTravelGifts
Ryan H. Cox (Ind.)* 
Bill Gelineau (Lib.)  
Jennifer Kurland (Green)n/a

* Cox said he has not filed a 2016 return yet.

Libertarian Jeff Wood and Natural Law candidate Keith Butkovic both said they would not release their financial records. Independent candidates Larry Hutchison and Todd Schleiger and Libertarian John Tatar did not respond to Bridge.

Michigan has been ranked the least transparent state in the nation. Compared with others, Michigan is significantly more secretive about campaign money in politics, public records and potential ethical conflicts, according to the Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan investigative news organization that conducts research on government transparency nationwide. That means it is more difficult for Michigan voters to know who, or what, is influencing their politicians or political candidates.

Bridge’s request was fashioned from long-established federal disclosure requirements for the president and vice president, members of Congress, federal candidates, some senior congressional staffers, nominees to positions in the executive branch, Cabinet members and Supreme Court justices.

Facts matter. Trust matters. Journalism matters.

If you learned something from the story you're reading please consider supporting our work. Your donation allows us to keep our Michigan-focused reporting and analysis free and accessible to all. All donations are voluntary, but for as little as $1 you can become a member of Bridge Club and support freedom of the press in Michigan during a crucial election year.

Pay with VISA Pay with MasterCard Pay with American Express Donate now

Comment Form

Add new comment

Dear Reader: We value your thoughts and criticism on the articles, but insist on civility. Criticizing comments or ideas is welcome, but Bridge won’t tolerate comments that are false or defamatory or that demean, personally attack, spread hate or harmful stereotypes. Violating these standards could result in a ban.

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.

Comments

Zeke
Tue, 03/13/2018 - 8:02pm

So unlike others Gretchen did not release her spouses tax return. Is she married?