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Muxlow outspending opponent Bob Eick

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Incumbent State Representative Paul Muxlow is outspending challenger Bob Eick in the August 7 Primary Election.

In addition, a conservative Western Michigan group not affiliated with Eick is sending out thousands of mailings in an attempt to unseat Muxlow.

The pre-primary campaign finance reports submitted to the Michigan Secretary of State cover the period between May 14 and July 22. The post-primary report, which will be submitted after the election, will cover last minute contributions and expenditures in the run-up to the August 7 election.

Muxlow, of Brown City, is seeking his second term representing the 83rd District. Eick is the recently retired chief of the Port Huron Fire Department.

Both candidates are Republicans.

Paul Muxlow

Muxlow has spent $89,009 in the pre-primary period.

He took in contributions of $44,386 during that period, and already had $56,408.77 in his campaign account to work with.

The incumbent has also received $17,150 in donations from political action committees and various companies during the reporting period. The Sanilac County Republican Committee also donated $1,000.

His contributors include: School Administrators PAC $5,000; Farm Bureau PAC $2,500; Justice PAC $1,000 (bi-partisan political action committee that supports officials who “support the civil justice system”); Health PAC $1,650 (Michigan Health & Hospital Association); Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan $1,000; Team -Opsommer Leadership Fund (Representative Paul Opsommer of Dewitt); Michigan Restaurant Association PAC $500; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan PAC $1,000; Michigan Credit Union League $500;

Delta PAC $500 (dental plans association); DTE Energy Co. PAC $250; Realtors PAC of Michigan $450; MITA PAC $250 (Michigan Infrastructure Transportation Association); MIBANK PAC $$250 (Michigan Bankers Association); AC Pack $150 (Auto Club of Michigan); Michigan Society of Anesthesiologist $150; Eli Lilly & Co. PAC ($150 (pharmaceutical company); Molina Healthcare of Michigan PAC $150; SEMCO Energy Inc PAC $150;

Friends of Saginaw Valley State University $150; Ford Motor Co. California-Mi PAC $150; Michigan Chamber of Commerce $150; Oakland Educators PAC $150; Auto Dealers of Michigan PAC $150; Michigan Motorcycle Riders PAC $150; AFT Michigan PAC $$150 (American Federation of Teachers); and Great Lakes Sugarbeet Growers PAC $150.

Individual donors contribute amounts ranging from $500 to $20.

The committee also held a fundraiser at the Michigan Municipal League of Lansing, which took in 45,450, and cost 4365.40.

Muxlow and his wife loaned the campaign $18,000 during the period the report covers. He is owed a total of $172,398 by the Paul Muxlow for State Representative Committee since he first ran for office.

Bob Eick

Eick of Fort Gratiot spent $20,269.32 on his campaign prior to July 22.

His campaign has taken in a total of $24,725, the majority of it contributed by Eick himself. He has loaned the Bob Eick for State Representative Committee a total of $16,000.

Contributions range from $5 to $1,000.

The Great Lakes

Education Project

This independent group has spent thousands of dollars attempting to unseat Muxlow. However, they do not have to report their contributors or the amount they spend to the secretary of state’s office.

The organization was founded in 2001 by former Michigan Republican Party Chairman and school choice activist Betsy DeVos of Grand Rapids. According to a March 11, 2011 article in the Grand Rapids Free Press, DeVos founded the organization after the state-wide school voucher proposal was rejected by state voters.

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