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COVID-19 has severely impacted campaign donations

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The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on Political Action Committees relied on by many state lawmakers.

The Michigan Campaign Finance Network reports during the governor’s "Stay at Home" order state House members PACs saw a steep drop in campaign donations.

Simon Schuster is the executive director of the network.

“During the Stay at Home order those donations essentially cratered," said Schuster. "They were less than half of what they were in 2016 or 2012.”

As coronavirus restrictions have loosened Schuster says many lawmakers have worked to close their fundraising gap. 

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting. During his two and a half decades in broadcasting, Steve has won numerous awards, including accolades from the Associated Press and Radio and Television News Directors Association. Away from the broadcast booth, Steve is an avid reader and movie fanatic. Q&A