The DTE and Consumers PACs have given to all but four of the state's 145 lawmakers.
Since 2011, DTE has been the top donor to House Energy Chair Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton), and CMS Energy and its principal subsidiary Consumers Energy have been Nesbitt’s third largest donor.
In addition to the PAC giving, it's
believed the utilities helped fund a nonprofit organization, Citizens for
Michigan's Energy Future, that ran likely
more than $2 million in ads about Michigan's looming energy shortfall in 2014
and 2015. The projected upcoming capacity shortfall that's discussed in
the ads is a main reason lawmakers are trying to take action this
DTE Energy and Consumers Energy combined have 42 individuals or firms that are registered as lobbyists.
Read the full story at Michigan Campaign Finance Network website.