The blog “Eye On Ehlers” has highlighted the fact that updated campaign finance records are available for Grand Rapids area Congressperson Vern Ehlers. The entire record is available on Opensecrets.org but some of the more interesting items include:
- Ehlers’ top 20 contributors to his 2006 campaign included the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association ($10,000), the Credit Union National Association ($7,500), Amway/Alticor ($7,000), Consumers Energy ($6,120), FlexFab ($5,900), and the KMW Group ($5,900).
- Ehlers received $177,620 in Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions. Ehlers received the most money from the transportation industry, where his top benefactor was the Aircraft Owner & Pilots Association. Ehlers also received money from companies profiting off the Iraq War including L-3 Communications, Raytheon, and Honeywell International. His second largest section of contributions came from the Finance/Insurance/Real Estate industry including $7,500 from the Credit Union National Association, $4,000 from Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan, $4,000 from the National Association of Realtors, and $4,000 from the National Multi Housing Council.
- Ehlers raised most of his money in the 49506 and 49546 zip codes in Grand Rapids and the 49301 zip code in Ada.