You are viewing this article in the archives. For the latest breaking news and updates in Ann Arbor and the surrounding area, see
Posted on Wed, Apr 4, 2012 : 9:47 a.m.

University of Michigan regents open pocketbooks for presidential candidates

By Staff

Whether it's Denise Ilitch, a Democrat, hosting a $10,000-a-plate fundraiser for Barack Obama or Andrea Fischer Newman, a Republican, donating $2,500 to Mitt Romney and another $5,000 to a Republican PAC, regents at the University of Michigan are adding to the campaign war chests of presidential candidates, according to a report in The Michigan Daily.

Based on filings with the Federal Election Commission, the Daily reports that U-M faculty and staff have donated about $76,000 to presidential campaigns in 2012 and students have donated about $7,000.

To read the story in the Daily, click here.



Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 12:35 p.m.

$10,000 for a dinner -- there are some folks who wished they had $10 to purchase a dinner. Disgusting. Actually, I believe all campaign funds should be put to the national deficient. Frankly, the political ads are getting very old.

Joe Payer

Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 1:03 a.m.

Must be nice to be able to throw money at a worthless cause. Everytime a Republican gets office after a democartic party leaves, they try their hardest to undo everthing that gives any relief to the poor. Talk about another waste of tax dollars being distributed. Whats the point of having a vote when someone else just can veto it. This article just states that it doesn't matter if you have a voice. The only thing that matters is if you have money. #sicksadworld


Wed, Apr 4, 2012 : 8:17 p.m.

These people are real hero's. Thanks to all the have contributed.


Wed, Apr 4, 2012 : 5:22 p.m.

I wonder how Andrea Fischer Newman can neglect the Republican Party's concerted effort to attack women's rights and to attack the PPACA which directly benefits the University of Michigan Hospital financially (as well as millions of Americans in general). Also state and federal Republicans continue to fight against bills designed to help students obtain college educations and to increase financing for educational institutions like the University of Michigan.


Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 5:15 p.m.

I am/was far far from elite and I graduated college. My son will too. He will work and I will sacrafice. Sell the camper, limit vacation and no new cars for at least 5 years and we will do it. Most low income people get free college as it is. With my household income of $70,000 thats when it becomes difficult. But it can be done.


Thu, Apr 5, 2012 : 4:06 a.m.

Harry, Only three percent of Planned Parenthood finances goes for abortions and then only in states that allow that expenditure. Most of Planned Parenthood spending provides poor women with their only access to health care including cancer screenings, education and birth control (which reduces the number of abortions when done correctly). College education should be available to all who qualify irrespective of affordability and not confined to the elite class. This country needs more skilled workers and educated employees to create cutting-edge innovative jobs that will improve our economy and allow us to compete with workers throughout the world.


Wed, Apr 4, 2012 : 8:19 p.m.

I would guess she is against killing children and she thinks that adults (if the choose to go) should pay for their own college, trade school, cars, houses whatever......


Wed, Apr 4, 2012 : 6:41 p.m.

Absolutely .... how can any Republican women not support the PPACA and support the republican party's war on women? Are they saying republican women don't use birth control? Don't support higher education? Don't support women's health care? Don't support health care for 2.5 million individuals age 18-26 or all seniors closing the donut hole and everyone on Medicare who saw their premiums drop this year for the first time in history? Preventative care for all? The elimination of plan maximums? Mental health parity and 48 hour maternity stays? What woman could support moving backwards on any of these health care reforms ?????

rusty shackelford

Wed, Apr 4, 2012 : 3:49 p.m.

No surprise here. UM Regent has long been an ostensibly elected position one regularly buys oneself into.

Craig Lounsbury

Wed, Apr 4, 2012 : 2:30 p.m.

So if I read the linking story correctly Democrats are contributing to Democrats and Republicans are contributing to Republicans. Is there a prize involved for my astute observation?


Wed, Apr 4, 2012 : 6:35 p.m.