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Michigan: loopholes galore in campaign finance law

AP reports: Special interest groups using unregulated campaign contributions have found it easy to influence votes by circumventing Michigan's 28-year-old campaign finance law, according to a published report.

Michigan is defenseless against a growing array of techniques invented to get around the rules, The Detroit News reported Sunday.

Those techniques include "independent" committees whose millions of dollars in "issue" spending really are veiled candidate endorsements; political action committees designed to avoid restrictions on direct donations; and money swapping between like-minded groups at the national level.

Regulations like those of the national McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law would be applied to state law under legislation planned by House Majority Floor Leader Chris Ward, R-Brighton. -- MLive.com: NewsFlash - Report: Donors skirt Michigan's campaign finance law