Dear Michigan officeholder: A letter from campaign finance expert during Sunshine Week


“For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.” — Luke 12: 48

Dear State Officeholder:

Please set aside the archaic sexism of the verse I’ve quoted to introduce this letter. Our world has evolved, I know, but I thought this bit of scripture was superbly eloquent in capturing much of the reason we’re observing Sunshine Week.

You certainly understand that the preponderance of money in politics isn’t a token of love, or even, necessarily, respect. Once you get beyond your family and true friends, those who spend to support your election campaign, and those who spend to lobby you, are rational economic actors. They are making an investment in you to advance their interests. And if they have committed much, they will ask the more.