APRIL 3, 2012
Secretary of State, NIC Technologies partner to deliver
LANSING, Mich. - Continuing her efforts to bring more transparency and
accountability to Michigan's campaign finance, Secretary of
State Ruth Johnson today announced a free iPhone and iPad application that
will allow voters convenient access to state campaign contribution information.
"This application is one more tool for voters who want to track political
contributions that are part of Michigan's campaign finance system," said
Johnson, the state's chief elections officer. "Now you can quickly and easily
access this information 24 hours a day, no matter where you are."
The Michigan Campaign Finance Search application, believed to be the first
state app of its kind in the country, is currently available on the Apple App
Store. It allows users to search for records by the names of state candidates
and committees as well as by election period, party affiliation, committee type
and the office being sought. The app displays direct and in-kind contributions
received, expenditures, and debt owed.
An Android version is currently being developed.
Electronic filing for state-level offices who spend or receive $20,000 or more
has been mandatory in Michigan since 2004. Records for more than 11,000 active
and non-active political committees and millions of transactions will be
available for viewing. Viewers will be able to see dollar totals and
contributors' names, but not individual transactions.
"We are delighted to support Secretary Johnson's initiative to provide
citizens quick and convenient access to government information," said Randall
Bartlett, president of NIC Technologies. "This app will provide mobile 'ringside
seat' access to current information on state candidates in the upcoming 2012
The Michigan CFS app, which requires Apple's updated iOS5 mobile operating
system, is developed and managed by NIC Technologies, LLC. NIC Technologies
develops and maintains systems for the Michigan Bureau of Elections that support
electronic filing and disclosure for state campaign finance information. The
state incurred no additional cost in the development of the campaign finance
For more information about Secretary of State office locations and additional
services, visit www.Michigan.gov/SoS. Sign up for the
official Secretary of State Twitter feed at
and Facebook updates at
Customers also may call the Department of State Information Center to speak
to a customer-service representative at 888-SOS-MICH (767-6424).
For media questions, please call Gisgie Dávila Gendreau, MDOS,
or Randall Bartlett, NIC, at 703-598-4937.